The most popular sports magazine of the last sixty years is Sports Illustrated. Covering the great wide world of sports, this long-running publication keeps devoted readers coming back for more with timely articles, gripping photography and an enticing annual “swimsuit” edition. H&S is pleased to offer the spectacular Wyllie collection of graded SI magazines (all newsstand editions without address labels). Certainly one of the finest certified SI accumulations known, this well-heeled collection is being offered in our current auction in (36) individual lots, that include all (4) of the 1954-1955 issues with baseball card inserts, as well as many other key issues that rank among the most sought after in the SI run, such as major star athlete appearances, known rarities, highest graded examples and a good number of specimens form the “Dark Print Era”. Please see our Multi-Sport/Publications category to view all listed SI issues.
Trace SI history back to its staring point with this incredible #1 inaugural issue (newsstand edition without address label). Dating to 8/16/54, this fantastic first is graded (9.8) by the highly respected certification service CGC. Label notes include “#v1, #1, White Pages, Eddie Mathews “Night Baseball in Milwaukee” cover, Double Gatefold Baseball trading card portraits”. The last declaration refers to a three-page 1954 Topps baseball card foldout, which has long been a hobby favorite collecting premium. CGC’s census reports this as “1/38” graded at this level, with none higher out of a current population of “233” encapsulated in Universal Grade holders.
This is one of four SI issues to feature baseball card inserts; the other three are also available in this current auction.