Thomas Morris (1821 – 1908), better known as Old Tom Morris, came second in the first Open Championship in 1860, and won the following year. He followed this up with a trio of victories in 1862, 1864 and 1867.
One of the more legendary golfers in the history of the sport, here’s a rundown with five of the best Old Tom Morris golf cards released over the years.
The Best Old Tom Morris Cards
We’ve looked at everything from vintage options to the latest sets when putting together this list of the best Old Tom Morris cards to collect.
5. 2021 Sportkings Volume 2 Old Tom Morris #64 (eBay)
Let’s begin with a modern option. 2021 Sportkings Volume 2 is a multi-sport release produced in the style of vintage Sport Kings Gum cards.
Morris is pictured in a close-up illustration, with a club in hand. You’ll find four further parallels, the majority of which are unnumbered. It’s a great budget option.
- Parallels: Blue (2 per Blaster), Hobby Mini (1 per box), Nickname (Blaster), Red Back/Red Background 1/1 (Hobby)
4. 2011 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions Old Tom Morris / Young Tom Morris #164 (eBay)
Heading back just over a decade to 2011, the Upper Deck Goodwin Champions collection has a card that focuses on the duo of Old Tom Morris, and Young Tom Morris, the son who he unfortunately outlived.
As with the card above, Upper Deck has opted for a vintage design. It has a great illustration of the duo standing side by side. However, it’s not valuable by any means.
3. 1901 Ogden’s Ltd. Guinea Gold Golf I Base Tom Morris (eBay)
This is where it begins to get expensive.
1901 Ogden’s Ltd. Guinea Gold Golf I Base is a series of cards featuring a bunch of important rookies and Hall of Famers. Another multi-sport release that includes tennis, boxing, and soccer, cards from the set have a distinctive thick black border.
Given a glossy finish, some copies have been altered to remove the Ogden’s Cigarettes logo at the bottom. Pristine versions will always be the most valuable.
2. 1927 W.A. & A.C. Churchman Famous Golfers Tom Morris #33 (eBay)
A pre-war option from 1927, W.A. & A.C. Churchman was a British cigarette manufacturer based in Ipswich. (You’ll find a small ‘Churchman’s Cigarettes’ nameplate at the top.)
It features a black and white image of Morris, ready to swing his club.
1. 1900 Cope’s Golfers Tom Morris #2 (eBay)
Distributed by Cope Brothers & Company, Ltd. out of Liverpool, this is one of the more famous golf cards ever produced.
The 1900 Cope’s Golfers Tom Morris card uses a simple illustration, with a nameplate that includes his nickname; the Grand Old Man of Golf. This is without a doubt the Tom Morris card to collect.
Old Tom Morris: Buyers Guide
What do we think of the current state of the market for the best ‘Old Tom Morris’ cards?
The Best Cheap Old Tom Morris Cards
With cards released in 2021, there are lots of cheaper alternatives to look out for. It’s worth taking a look at vintage Tom Morris cards just in case, but we’d be wary of any reprints or fakes. Stick with graded versions whenever it’s possible.
The Best Old Tom Morris Investment Card
The 1900 Cope’s Golfers release is always going to be a special card for collectors given its history and the overall rarity. It has to be seen as the best investment option overall.
The Best Old Tom Morris Cards: Final Thoughts
One of the more legendary names in golf, Old Tom Morris is a safer investment than most. It’s not like he’s going to ruin his legacy, while he has achieved almost mythical status as one of the early innovators within the sport.
We don’t expect much from cards released past the millennium, but the vintage options are definitely worth keeping an eye on.