Bobby Locke Memorabilia / Signature

Bobby Locke Memorabilia / Signature

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October 14th, 2002, 12:39 pm #1

Hello Geoff:

I am Doug Grossinger, an attorney in Philadelphia. I reviewed your web site and was impressed. I have been golfing for 32 of my 38 years and also have been a talent and graphics statistician for CBS Sports golf on Chirkinian, Barrows, and Will crews since the mid-1980s continuing to date. I thought maybe you could be of assistance on a matter for me. My father-in-law Meyer Hodes, M.D. grew up in Cape Town, then was in Nick Price's hometown of Harare, Zimbabwe for 20 years prior to moving to Long Island in the late 1970s. He always liked Bobby Locke and I have been trying to get a Bobby Locke autrograph for many years. I understand that it may be expensive because they are no longer being generated but I wanted to see if you knew a place I could get one. Please let me know. You may e-mail back or call me. Thanks. I am willing to pay a fair amount for this as I noted.

Best regards,


Douglas R. Grossinger, Esq.
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Joined: June 25th, 2000, 12:38 pm

October 14th, 2002, 1:27 pm #2

Hi Doug,

Thanks for asking me about Bobby Locke. There is a Locke signature for sale as part of an album of players in the 1936 British Open (see below), and I think I have the important information you need to help you find what you're looking for among other sources as well.

First, there has been a Philadelphia Private Golf Museum that purchased a number of Bobby Locke memorabilia items some time ago, and has been offering them for sale. The old URL follows, but I don't think it is still active.

Second, Gary Player, South Africa's successor to Bobby Locke, is going to auction off all his golf memorabilia soon, through Christie's of London. Player doubtless has many fine Bobby Locke items.
Gary Player to Sell Memorabilia Collection ... /GOLFGLOBE

Third, Brenda and George Blumberg of Johannesburg, SA, have long been associated with professional golf in South Africa, including the Locke family. George died a few years ago, and Brenda died last week. Surely, in the estate, there must be many Bobby Locke memorabilia.
Brenda Blumberg Dies, 8 Oct 2002

Fourth, Bobby Locke died in 1987. Six years later, his wife and daughter, under pressure of necessitous circumstances related to the turmoil in SA, sold a great many personal memorabilia items through Christie's in July 1993. There is still a catalog available, if that interests you.
Christie's Catalogue of Bobby Locke Memorabilia Auction, July 1993 ... uctid=1323

Fifth, there is a country club in South Africa, Clovelley CC, that has a bar named for Locke decorated with Locke memorabilia.
Clovelley CC

Sixth, the Australian caricaturist Tony Rafty currently offers for sale caricatures of Bobby Locke that he drew in the 1960s (I beleive) that are signed by Locke.
Tony Rafty - Golf Caricatures List in Alphabet

Seventh, there are some auction catalogs with Locke items that give you some idea of market values in fairly recent days. The 1936 item is currently for sale.

1936 Open Album - Bobby Locke Signature ... morab.html
The item description is:
AUTOGRAPHS - Various 1936 Open

Printer / Publisher: Not Applicable Year: 1936
Description: 35 signatures, on 4 small album pages, of golfers who took part in the 1936 Open Golf Championship. All autographs in ink and some with hand written annotation. Including the signatures of Padgham, Saubaler, Walker, Laidlaw, Bobby Locke, Whitcombe and Gene Sarazen.

Condition:. . Reference: 00425 / 0200 / 17000 . . . Our Price: £260.00 : rare golfing memorabilia

Mullock-Madeley Auctions ... 02_31.html

Leski Auctions

There are several major dealers in golf antiguities and collectibles in the US. Jeff Ellis, Chuck Furjanic, and Leo M. Kelly Jr. I've looked over their current offerings and didn't spot any Locke signatures, but maybe I missed something. At any rate, you probably want to advise them of your interest, in case they have something or will see something in the future.

Leo :
Old Chicago Golf Shop
4977 Arquilla Dr., Richton Park, IL 60471
or call (708) 747-1045 and ask for Leo
or Fax (708) 747-1055.

Jeff Ellis Golf Collectibles:
 P.O. Box 843
Oak Harbor,  WA.  98277
FAX 360-679-1951

Chuck Furjanic's Golf Collectibles:
Golf for All Ages
Irving TX
Toll Free 9AM to 10PM Daily
 1-800-882-4825 (Orders Only)

Also, it also pays to keep an eye on the Sports memorabilia (Golf) section on eBay, A sale just closed recently of a Locke signature and photo that sold for about $40. Maybe the purchaser would sell it to you, if you want it. This buyer has acquired a few Bobby Locke items, so he is probably a collector of Lockeiana. Or perhaps the seller has another item. You can email either through eBay by clicking on their name (so long as you are registered at eBay -- if not, let me know and I'll hail them for you). LINK: ... 1865853775.

There is probably a copy of Locke's book that he signed as author available. I use,, for general survey purposes. One appears to be offered for $281 by a UK bookdealer PRulton, available through ABEBooks, ... &ccreate=Y. The description reads:

Locke. Bobby.:
Bobby Locke On Golf.
London. Country Life. 1953 1st ed.Hardback. A very good book with no dust wrapper. The book has a small inscription from the previous owner. It is also inscribed by the Author " To Mrs Lyon with all Good Wishes. From Bobby Locke 1954. "
Bookseller Inventory #1228
Price:US$ 281.02

The seller contact info is:

Bookseller: PRultonBooks ... vci=677577
Address: 3 Hallets Well, Orleton, Ludlow, SHR, United Kingdom, SY8 4HH
Phone #: 01568-780860

Let me know if there is something else I can do. Good hunting, and Cheers!

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Joined: June 25th, 2000, 12:38 pm

October 14th, 2002, 1:29 pm #3


Thanks very much, this is a good head start. Thank you for your efforts here. I will review these, make some contacts and report back to you as to how things proceed.



April 27th, 2013, 5:01 pm #4

hello just been reading your convesation on line about wanting a booby locke signiture i have his signiture along with lots of other famous golfers signitures if you would like to know more please get back to me thanks louise

gary gailey
gary gailey

May 7th, 2015, 8:39 am #5

dear sir I have an official original London new York times picture of bobby locke holding the claret jug after winning the british open . stamped with the st Andrews sticker on the back . very high value item.
this item was wanted to put in the bobby locke cabnet at the golf museum at st Andrews .
the south African golf hall of fame which opens on the 2 june 2015 also want it as they believe bobby belongs to south Africa . not Scotland .

my e-mail address is ; gary gailey