Intro to the “Collecting Classics” Series

by | Apr 4, 2019 | Reviews | 0 comments

Coming up to Masters time, we all remember Tiger’s first win there. The records broken, the buzz surrounding him, and the fist pump at the end. We also remember the iconic TeI3 Newport he used to win. The minute details…the Cameron Pebble Grip…the specially fitted Wilson “Head Speed” shaft. That set many off on their putter collecting journeys. Things we kind of take for granted now. Old news. As Jim Nantz would say “Friends, that was 22 years ago.”

There are plenty of 20 and 30 somethings who haven’t heard the stories we all passed along through email or a Yahoo group, let alone have ever seen/owned a TeI3 Scotty. All they have seen in the Cameron world are the modern stainless putters. Or the $5,000 “I can’t use that!” putters. Many more don’t know the history of those iconic designs, and where they originated.

Sadly, a lot of the old school collectors are gone, or just not enthusiastic anymore. Some remain with scaled down collections or just went another direction. That’s life.

Today is a fantastic time if you love to geek out on milled putters. Scotty and Bob are still on top, but the names of folks offering every shape, size, finish and creation out there is exciting, but can sometimes be overwhelming.

And there are new ones popping up every day. Just off the top of my head: Edel, Kingston, Tyson Lamb, Byron Morgan, Mann, Black Lab, Kari Lajosi, Carbon, Piretti, Low Tide…and a TON of others. Where do you even start? How do you know what’s going to be collectable? This doesn’t even touch on cover makers, ball markers, and other accessories.

Personally, I know it’s not easy. However, it’s easier than when I started making my own putters 18 years ago. There is literally is something for everyone today. If you know what to look for, you can certainly do it without breaking the bank.

And newer people to the putter game, well a lot of them just don’t know what WE took as common knowledge 10-15 years ago!

“Bettinardi milled Hogan Putters AND Cameron’s Putters?”
“What is a Mil Spec?”
“Callaway & Cobra made Milled Putters 30 years ago?”
“Who is Ken Giannini?”
“Why does every headcover up until 10 years ago have an AM&E tag in it?”

 

These are just some of the questions I have gotten recently.

But the knowledge is still out there. AND even though you may have collected, watched, searched and just been around golf clubs for 30+ years…If you think you have seen it all, something new always pops up.

As Putter Talk gets back to its roots, I will be getting into these topics a bit deeper and broader. Plus some random observations, trends up and down in the putter and equipment world, and probably a pic or two!

To give you a teaser: Did you know there is one LEFTY Cameron putter that exists, that is a tour putter, and you can usually find it for under $150.

 

In the coming months, I’ll be posting frequently here, and in the Putter Talk Community about how to collect the classics. What to look for, where to find them, and how to properly care for your new treasures.

Keep searching, keep looking, and never be afraid to share knowledge.

“Publish or perish”. (In Memory of Golf Collector “Dr. J.” Johannes)

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