Sports Illustrated Blog #121 on our way to #200 – 1954 SI Sets – Popular and Affordable

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Sports Illustrated sub-sets are really cool and represent an opportunity to have something your friends don’t have.  For example – all the Jordan’s, or all the SOY’s, or all the 500-home run hitter covers, but one of the most interesting and often overlooked is the SI 1954 first year subset.  The content is a mix of nostalgia, some of the most popular issues still today, and a high series which makes collecting a full set just a little more challenging.   

Issue # 1 – as it is the premier issue, most collectors want a high-grade copy.  The unique situation here is that SI saved a bunch (nobody knows how many – my guess is between 1-1000) for aftermarket sale which suppresses value a bit but leaves plenty of opportunity for hard core SI collectors to own the coup-de-gras – first issue CGC 9.8.   

Issue #2 features two collector must haves – 27 printed Yankee baseball cards AND an exclusive Mantle card which does not appear in any other major card series. The top grade is 9.4 which leaves room for an eagle-eye collector.      

Issue #3 features the actual first swimsuit which is later popularized in 1964 with the start of the sequential series featuring Babette March.   Get your Jones beach baby.  Another SI well-kept secret.   Commons include issues 4-14.  Interesting content for the all-round sports guy.  

Issue #15 is the first high series issue – a great head shot, FC, of HOF Y A Tittle.  Top pop is 8.5 which will tell you the difficulty in finding a 9.0 or higher.  The high series issues 15 – 20 are tough in newsstand high grade.  I’d say the population is about 5-1 against the first 14 issues.  

The 1954 set is a diamond in the rough.  Get the highest grade issues you can.  You wont be sorry.

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