Lot # 11: Globe Map of the World Ball 1908

Category: Golf Balls

Starting Bid: $1,000.00

Bids: 30 (Bid History)

Time Left: Auction closed
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Item was in Auction "Desert Mountain Collection",
which ran from 8/30/2022 6:00 AM to
9/17/2022 8:00 PM

In the world of collectible antique golf balls, the map-of-the-world "Globe" ball, also known as the Terrestrial ball, is among the rarest and most sought after. The ball is made as a miniature globe, complete with labeled continents, oceans, and a few other places such as the North Pole, New Zealand, Britain, and Japan.  When this ball was introduced by J. P. Cochrane in 1908, it was so creative that it was immediately seen as destined for museums.  The "Trade Notes" in  June 18, 1908 issue of Golfing reports:

"In their latest production, the 'Globe,' Messrs. J.P. Cochrane and Co. of Edinburgh, have placed on the market something entirely new in golf ball marking. The 'Globe' is of the popular bramble pattern, but in and out and round about the 'pimples' is shown a map of the world in relief, the names of the continents, countries, oceans, etc, being also indicated by raised lettering.  As a curiosity the 'Globe' will doubtless find a place in many golfing 'museums,' but at the same time it should be stated emphatically that the ball is not merely a curiosity...."

In near mint condition—unused with but a little paint loss to a relatively small number of brambles—this is a great ball!  It's brilliant creativity and exceeding rarity have made the Globe one of the all time great and most desirable balls in the golf collecting world.

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