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June 14, 2010

Augusta National Says Charity Jacket is Not Real

Posted at 2:07 PM by David Dusek | Categories: Masters, Memorabilia, Phil Mickelson

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif — I received an e-mail this morning from Augusta National Golf Club that pointed out subtle difference in the Masters jacket signed by Phil Mickelson being auctioned for charity and the famous jackets presented to winners of the tournament.

"You'll notice the jacket for auction has a replica Masters logo on the left breast. Green Jackets carry the Augusta National map/flag logo with no text (left in photo). The auction photo also shows an unauthentic button. Green Jackets have gold buttons with the map/flag logo (also no text)."

Masters Jackets

The folks at Augusta National also likely reached out to charitybuzz.com, the company conducting the auction, to inform them of the irregularities in the jacket. The item is no longer listed among the items available on the company's Web site.

The business of sports memorabilia is tricky, and it seems that this is another case of something simply being too good to be true.

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(Photos: Fred Vuich/SI, left); charitybuzz.com, right)

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