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Amazing Collection of Sports Illustrated w/ Issue #1 
Lot Number 327
Quantity: Bid Started: 09/12/2005 00:30:00 
Bid Open: 250.00  Bid Ends: 09/28/2005 23:30:00 
Bid Count: Overtime: 30 Minutes
Currently: 300.00  Time Left: 0m 0s 

The image of Eddie Mathews slugging for the Milwaukee Braves on the first issue of Sports Illustrated is forever embedded in the minds of baseball fanatics. The bold picture was the draw to the magazine and the tri-fold sheet of 1954 Topps baseball inside was the prize. This collection of six includes an EX-MT version of the August 16, 1954 SI with the beautiful foldout sheet tucked neatly inside and preserved in the rare original mailing envelope from Sports Illustrated. The August 23, 1954 SI in this assortment is just as impressive with the three-sheet foldout of the New York Yankees that includes a black & white version of Mickey Mantle. Rounding out this collection is the third issue of SI from August 30, 1954, the second anniversary issue (August 20, 1955), a hard cover version of the SI 25th Anniversary (Aug. 13, 1979) and an over-sized Sports Illustrated 25th Anniversary issue (11 x 14). The scarce, large SI features the covers from every Sports Illustrated issued to that date and is in NM condition. This over-sized edition is extremely rare and was reportedly handed out at a special Sports Illustrated dinner in NYC to top advertisers in the magazine. The dinner included as many of the athletes from the past 25 years that appeared on the cover along with honored guests, only 100 editions were produced. 
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