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.
Football fanatics show your good taste in fine art by tackling this rare vintage issue of Sports Illustrated magazine that’s decorated with a stately art image of Baltimore Colts immortal Johnny Unitas. Dated 10/5/59, this magnificent issue is a “Dark Era Print” example that ranks near the top of “hardest to find” SI back issues, with a #3 ranking. This CGC graded (6.5) copy also tops the top certification company’s Census as “1/3” at this level with none higher. Published during the Colts historic back to back NFL championships of 1958-1959, this major key issue marks the first appearance of Johnny U. on an SI front cover. Labels notes include “v11, #14; White Pages; Johnny Unitas cover painting by Sheldon Fink”.