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.
The theory of “cover-worthiness” is examined with this 8/18/69 issue of Sports Illustrated. In an extreme case of “what’s a fella gotta do”, “Hammerin’ Hank” Aaron racked up an NL MVP award , a World Series championship, a slew of All-Star Game selections and a truck-load of home runs, RBIs, hits, runs and so on, for nearly fourteen full seasons before finally making the front cover of SI in August of ’69. Reported as a “Dark Era Print” edition, this first Aaron cover issue looms large in the popular sports magazine’s history, as the 8th hardest to find out of the gazillion weekly editions published to date. Compounding interest in this coveted key is a CGC grade of 8.0, good for the top spot on the certification company’s Census as “1/1” at the 8.0 level, with none higher. Among the CGC label notations are “v31, #8; Off-White to White Pages; First Hank Aaron cover”.