“Pin-Up” of the Week: 2002 U.S. Open Bethpage Black, New York w/ Twin Towers

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Golf tournaments like to make pins far in advance.  Its not uncommon to find pins for a tournament that takes place during the summer up for sale the previous fall.  I guess they just like to be ready.

The 2002 U.S. Open was played in Farmingdale, New York on the Bethpage State Park, Black Course.  Tiger Woods ultimately won.  These pins were issued in the fall of 2001.  As you can see, when they were made the Twin Towers were still standing.  Shortly after September 11, 2001, these pins were recalled and the Twin Towers were taken off.  To tell you the truth, I think the newly reissued pins don’t contain the city skyline at all.  In it’s place is a plain white background.

You can probably guess where this is heading.  When has the recalled version of anything not made it to the secondary market?  The answer is pretty much never.  Some of the pins featuring the Twin Towers found their way out.  Big surprise.  The corrected pins are worth about $10.00, whereas the recalled ones bring in about $75.00.


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