Lot # 138: Original Cash-In Putter and Early HB Putter, ex FX Fry

Starting Bid: $50.00

Bids: 19 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Spring 2021",
which ran from 3/3/2021 12:00 PM to
3/20/2021 8:00 PM

The Cash-in putter, the first putter in this lot, was a staple of the Spalding putter line for many decades.  It was used by a wide variety of tour pros to win a goodly number of tour events between the 1940s and 1980s, including Andy North's 1985 US OPEN win.

The original Cash-in putter, which is offered here, was patented on June 10, 1930 by Robert Cash. The head of the original models, as produced by Spalding, had square edges and the steel shaft was quite thin, leading to its "pencil shaft" nickname. Over the years Spalding refined the head and the sole mostly by radiusing the edges and the sole, but the putter still maintained the same duplex blade design and overall look. 

The second putter in this lot, the Spalding HB Putter, was first introduced in 1919 and used a hickory shaft. After Steel shafts were deemed conforming to the rules of golf, HB putters were made with steel shafts coated in pyratone, just like this one.  The HB putter proved to be a classic design. It gave rise to many imitators, most notably MacGregor's early Tommy Armour flanged-blade putters. The early Armour 3852 models even formed the same basic "hollow back" found on this and other HB putters.

Both of these classic Spalding putters are in nice condition.  Both are from the Fred X. Fry Collection, and their shafts bear his inventory labels.  Fry, the dean of American golf club collectors, was busy building his collection forty years before the Golf Collectors Society (now The Golf Heritage Society) was formed in 1970. Collecting with great passion, Fry amassed around 450 clubs, mostly putters. He cataloged, displayed, and cherished his treasures.  A number of national magazines ran articles about his collection of putters between 1936 and 1963. For more on Fry, and to view some of the articles, Click Here.


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