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Frank Sinatra 1963 Invitational Golf Putter

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#1 Dec 20, 2012
Interesting Facts on one of the most sought after collectible classic putters in the World:

One of the most rare and collectible putters in the world is the Frank Sinatra 1963 Invitational putter. It is a copper-plated Toney Penna designed MacGregor IMG V. Only 150 of these putters were ever produced and very few have surfaced over the years.
The putter was custom commissioned by MacGregor Golf for Frank Sinatra's first ever PGA sanctioned celebrity Invitational Pro Am in November of 1963. The event was held at the Canyon Club in Palm Springs, California where only 150 VIP celebrities and guests were invited. Following the Invitational was a black-tie gala in the Palm Springs Riviera Hotel Ballroom and the VIP guests were presented the putter from Frank Sinatra as a gift. The bottom of the putter features a signature & caricature of Frank Sinatra.
But the Frank Sinatra 1963 Invitational putter comes with a hefty price. After the event, the putter was featured in newspapers and magazines and the general public raved just to have one. In 1994 one sold in Europe for $28,000. Also, one was listed on ebay and sold for for 35,000 in 2011. If you can find an original, than you will have a solid investment that will appreciate in value. I would like to find one to give to my daughter someday hehe.

Beware of copies on the market though. Only a putter expert can tell if it is an original or not.

“Scumbags come in all sizes”

Since: Dec 12

Santa Monica, CA

#2 Dec 22, 2012
Hi guruji.

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#3 Jan 9, 2013
Yes, this putter is highly collectible and desired. I actually saw a real one before that an older guy in California had. Pretty cool because
there are very few left in existence.
The Frank Sinatra 1963 Invitational putter is featured in a book called "Putters of Distinction" - This is a great book showing the pricey elite vintage putters.
Also note that the real 1963 Sinatra Invitationals have a round black leather wrap grip, with a very thin thin gold strip between the black leather circular wrap.
I have seen fake ones on the web from small auction houses claiming they are original, selling for $3995.00 with the wrong grip on it. The real ones are 35 1/4" in length also.
There are other ways to tell if one is real or not, but as you say, it takes a putter expert to tell.

Winchester, CA

#4 Aug 9, 2013
I have one, I may be interested in selling it as well.

Batavia, NY

#6 Feb 5, 2015
thip112 wrote:
I have one, I may be interested in selling it as well.
If you sell, hope you get fair price. A lady on
"pawn stars" TV show just got offered less
Than $1,500 for hers. And after a professional said
It was the real thing.

Hollywood, FL

#7 Mar 27, 2015
Interesting people telling stories about "Counterfeit Sinatras" yet there are no confirmed photos NONE!!!...No confirmation of who had one just "Stories".....Oh yeah there are "Those Stamps" floating around....Are they the real deal?.....Macgregor just handed them out...gave them away...sold them?.....There were some people at the Gala that over the years just replaced the grip....Or fellas at the Gala that wanted the original Molded Pistol grip that came on the Armour...Someone looking at a "Auction" house sale would say the Invitational was a fake if the Leather Bell grip with Gold trim was not there.This Counterfeit stuff is like the UFO stories...The only legitimate confirmation would be a F.B.I. Report/finding(They handle Counterfeits)...Anyone know how hard it is the make one of these putters with XX's on hosel correct size ETC with Ferrule/shaft & Grip...oh yeah the Copper coating which technically would be the easiest part to do....What is a "Putter Expert"

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