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 from the “Dark Print Era”. Please see our Multi-Sport/Publications category to view all listed SI issues.
America sure looked beautiful after Team USA took apart the mighty Soviet “Red Machine” in the medal round of the 1980 Olympics at Lake Placid, in a glorious occasion known as the “Miracle on Ice”. Led by genius head coach Herb Brooks, the American squad followed up this stunning upset with a victory over Finland to claim the Gold Medal and make history. The team’s jubilant on-ice celebration at the end of the USSR game was captured by the thrilling photo gracing the cover of the offered 3/3/80 issue of Sports Illustrated. Boasting perhaps the most iconic image in SI’s long history, this classic, always in demand issue enjoys status as #28 on the magazine’s “hardest to find” list. Condition purists find reason to rejoice in the CGC grade of (9.0) and a Census ranking as “1/3” at this grade point, with just one a slight notch higher. Label notes include “v52, #9; White Pages; 1980 Winter Olympics, U.S. Hockey”.