Golf trading cards have been available since 1900 and were quite popular in the United Kingdom during the late 1920's when several Bobby Jones
tobacco cards were produced. In 1933 the Goudey Gum Company produced the true rookie cards of Jones, Walter Hagan, and Gene Sarazen in their Sport Kings set. It wasn't until 1981 when Donruss produced a set featuring the official rookie card of Jack Nicklaus
. It wasn't until Tiger Woods
came into the sport that golf cards became a hot commodity. Tiger Woods can be credited with single-handedly creating a surge of interest for golf trading cards. In 2001 Upper Deck signed a 5 year deal to produce the first rookie cards of players such as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jack Nicklaus, Annika Sorenstam, and Natalie Gulbis.
The most influential golf trading card of all-time has to be the 1996 Sports Illustrated for Kids Tiger Woods. This was Tiger's first mainstream trading card and it shocked the collecting world when a PSA 10 example sold for $100,000.00 in 2001.
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3/18/2010 Tiger says he'll play in Masters !
Tiger says he'll play in Masters !
12/29/2009 Upper Deck Stands By Tiger Woods
Upper Deck Stands By Tiger Woods
8/28/2009 The Value of a Tiger Woods Autograph
By Adam Gellman
Right now, Tiger Woods is on the warpath after a debilitating injury that could have put many athletes out for good. After spending close to a year on the shelf with a surgically repaired knee, he is coming back with the roar we have become accustomed to seeing. Because Woods has already won a slew of Majors (not to mention more tournaments than you can shake a nine iron at), he is the person that tops my list of autographs you MUST get in the next year.
4/2/2009 UPPER DECK NEWS RELEASE
We recently had a signing with Tiger Woods and received back a limited amount of the 2008-09 NHL Champ’s mini-signature cards.
2/27/2009 Tiger Woods Returns to the Links and Upper Deck Packs
As the world’s greatest golfer prepares for action next week, Upper Deck is releasing new Tiger cards for golf fans
1/7/2008 Tiger and Sandy Via Upper Deck
Now here is an interesting story. What do you think Tiger Woods might collect? How about Sandy Koufax. According to a Canadian Publication, Canadian Press, Woods recently received a Sandy Koufax signed ball which was personalized.