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Golf’s Greatest Collectibles

With more than 15 million U.S. golfers, the market for collectibles has expanded greatly in recent years. Such memorabilia can make good investments that increase in value over time. Experts suggest buying pieces attached to golf’s biggest names, especially those who figure prominently in the sport’s history. Autographed golf clubs, balls, shoes and gloves fall into this category, as do signed tournament pin flags, action photos, or award medallions.

“When you consider acquiring golf collectibles as a pure investment, look for really hard-to-get items, one of a kind, if possible,” says Joe Umphlett, sales manager for SportsMemorabila.com. “Look for items used by golfing greats, items they wore and signed. These tend to really appreciate in value over the years.”

Click ahead to see a range of items and prices available to the collector or investor.

By Rob Reuteman

Posted 5 January 2012

Photo: Ryan McVay | Photodisc | Getty Images