Souvenir Flags sold during the Masters
In the early 1990's Augusta National started selling souvenir Masters Flags. I never bought any because they were very thin
and when they were signed the autographs bleeded. I got almost all my autographs on Augusta National Scorecards until these
nice heavy flag were introduced in 1997.
1997 Masters Flag
A 1997 Masters Flag This is the nicest Masters flag. It is a thick flag and it is fully embroidered in the middle of
the Logo. This flag is popular because it is Tiger first major and it was sold before collecting Masters Flags became popular.
Value as gone down a bit I think unsigned it is $2500-3000 and signed still around $4000.
Recently there has been several FAKE 1997 Masters flag being sold. Just looking at the photographs it is hard to
tell the difference between an authentic 1997 flag and the fake ones. Here are a few of the differences.
The grommets are much more goldish in color on the counterfeit compared the an authentic 1997 Masters flag.
The flag size of the counterfeit is slightly smaller than that of the authentic Masters Flag.
Third, The yellow embroider
stitching of the Masters logo is more defined with straight lines, and with the green border logo stitching it is even more
Forth, The material of the flag is slightly different, more course on the counterfeit/fake.
The center embroidery is more “corn rowed”
than “flat” like my authentic 1997 flags
Authentic flag came with the White straps attached to the grommets. I photograph above I removed the white straps
because it was framed. Most of the fake ones don't have the white straps.
I hope this helps
Authentic 1997 Masters flag grommets are a Brushed (muted) Brass
Fake 1997 Masters flag have a Polished (Shiny) Brass
A close up photo of the embroidery of a authentic 1997 Masters flag
Close up of the embroidery on a Fake 1997 Masters flag. Notice the
Corn Rows which is not as apparent on the authentic flag.
This is a Price tag from a 1997 Flag. I wish I could buy several of these flags for the original price of $18
A authentic 1997 Masters flag still in the package.
Pre-1999 Undated Masters Flag This flag is much rarer than the post-1999 flag. This flag was sold at the 1998 Masters The
material is heavier, and the stitching is thicker. Value about $150-200
Undated Masters Flag Post-1999 Value : $120-150 These were sold in 2002 for a short time and are sold to Augusta National
Memebers and former Masters Champions.
Pre-1999 Undated Masters Flag
I was recently informed by a collector that you can tell the difference between Pre-1999 and Post-1999 Masters flags by gap
in the shadow stiching under California / Arizona.
1999 Unsigned Masters Flag. Value :$125
2000 Masters flag Vijay Singh winner. Value Unsigned: $100
2001 Masters Flag Tiger Woods winner and his "Tiger Slam" Value: $125
2002 Masters Flag another Tiger Woods year. They sold out quickly. I was there and I think they sold out Wednesday
of the Masters. Which is before the tournament even started. Value: $75
2003 Masters flag Mike Weir Value of unsigned flag: $75-110
2004 Masters Flag is a Very popular flag because it was Arnold Palmer's final Masters appearance and Phil Mickelson
was the winner Value: $125
2005 Masters Flag Another Tiger years but I think most importantly it was Jack Nicklaus' Final Masters. Value $40-60 I
think over the next few month its value will go up.
2006 Masters Flag It will also be a very popular year with Phil's Victory value $40-50
2007 Masters Flag Zach Johnson Champion Value $35-45
2008 Masters Flag Trevor Immelman Champion I think this will be a popular flag as he is a willing signer and has a great
autograph. Value $35-45
Unofficial Masters flags
This is a quote from tourflags.com about these flags, " This flag was NOT produced or sold
by Augusta National. A collector in Ohio had about 100 of them made in the early 1990s. The purpose of making
them was to obtain autographs of past champions. The flags were then mailed to past champions. I have yet to see
a single unsigned flag. While this flag is not official, it can't exactly be considered fake either, as the gentleman
who had the flags produced did so years before Augusta National even had the idea to sell flags. The flag is still rare
and desirable "