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Interested in my opinion as to currently undervalued, graded SI’s? You’ve turned to the right blog. We talk a lot about the best of the best, the Crème de la Crème, and the 9.8’s. Sure, we all want the best – the 9.6’s and 9.8’s (because CGC doesn’t include 9.9’s and 10’s in their magazine grading scale) – but there are many collectors and only very few of those grades are being doled out.
The good news is, the push to own the highest grade has opened a gap between first and second tier pricing. As a consequence, there are many “diamonds in the rough” that are available in the mid-grades (many in the none higher, POP 1 grade) whose pricing values have not kept pace with their Tier 1 graded brethren – yet. I believe the steady influx of new buyers into the hobby will create more of a demand for Tier 2 mags and, in turn, increase their values.
So here is our hobby’s next opportunity – Mid-grade covers meeting the following criteria. These undervalued issues typically are
- A first cover or the subsequent covers of the biggest stars.
- A POP 1 or 2 with none higher
- A recognizable name with HOF or significant event credentials
- Esthetically pleasing
- Scarce in higher grade (for ex – there is a universal characteristic that keeps the best condition mags from surviving long term)
Here are a few covers that, in my opinion, make the opportunity list.
- SI #2 – Exclusive Mantle Baseball Card
- Hank Aaron 1970 – 2nd cover
- All Clay covers between 1963 thru 1968
- Bobby Clarke – 1974
- Steve Carlton – 1973
- Bob Cousy – 1956
- Whitey Ford – 1956
- Bob Greise – 1973
- Catfish Hunter – 1972 and 1974
- Al Kaline – 1956
- Any Mantle between 1956 and 1967
- Mays – 1959 and 1962
- Lower grades of Montana – 1982
- Nowitzski – 2002
- Oliva – 1965
- Carew – 1974
- Rosen – Baseball Cards – 1955
- Duke Snider – 1956
- Warren Spahn – 1956
- Jim Taylor – 1962
- John Wooden SOY – 1972
- Eric Dickerson – 1983
- Sadaharu Oh – 1977
- Thurman Munson – 1977
- Doug Flutie – 1983
- Don Mattingly – 1985
- Gary Carter – 1980
- Franco Harris – 1976
- Lynn Swan – 1976
- Walter Payton – 1976 – 1985
I could easily add another 25-50 to the above list and if you’d like to write me with your suggestions, I’d love to hear from you.
I hope you are enjoying the reads on the history of TIME and SI magazines as well as an insight into relevant magazine collecting.
Great collecting to you and best fortunes with Sports Illustrated/TIME!
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