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 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.
As sequels go, this #2 second ever Sports Illustrated issue is a big hit. Decorated with the first Golf cover in SI’s run, this important early issue is made even more significant with the insertion of a Topps New York Yankees baseball card foldout premium with fantasy phantom issues, including the great Mickey Mantle. This prime example is encapsulated by CGC with a (9.4) grade designation and label notes of “v1, #2; White Pages; Double gatefold NY Yankees trading card portraits”. CGC’s Census shows a population of “33” newsstand editions (without address labels) certified in Universal Grade holders, with this example being “1/5” at this level with none higher.
This is one of four SI issues to feature baseball card inserts; the other three are also available in this current auction.