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.
An eye for an eye story unfolds on the cover of this Sports Illustrated issue dated 5/8/61. Golf legend Gary Player had turned in a career highlight, with the first of his three Masters Tournament championships in April 1961, earning him his first SI cover appearance. At this time, a major college basketball “fixing” scandal was dominating the media. The NCAA’s black eye caused SI to cover Player’s left eye on their cover with a “Basketball Fix” headline box, because they knew just how much people love “dirty laundry”. SI fans get clean with this CGC graded (7.0) copy of the issue in question, which originates in magazine’s “Dark Era Print” period, that has to do with production quality, not subject matter. As the only graded copy of this scarce issue, this nicely preserved example naturally stands as the highest encapsulated by the top certification service. It also stands high on the “hardest to find” SI list, holding the #65 position out of the enduring publication’s thousands of issues published over the years. Label notes include “v14, #18; Off-White to White Pages; Gary Player cover”.