REA November 2001
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on:
Included in this lot are nine complete issues of the December 1996 Sports Illustrated for Kids plus three additional complete nine card sheets from the same issue for a total of 12 Tiger Woods rookie cards.
In December of 1996, "Sports Illustrated For Kids" Magazine distributed a special set of 9 cards featuring stars from various sports. These cards were issued in perforated 9 card sheets in the magazine, and were intended as a special bonus for youngsters subscribing to this junior version of "Sports Illustrated" as well as promoting interest in various sports including the game of golf to young sports fans. Of great significance to collectors is the inclusion of Tiger Woods appearing on his very first card in the very first year of his professional career. Card collectors have always had a great reverence for rookie cards, and this issue will always be of special significance as Tiger Woods’ rookie card. The fact that this card was issued in the true tradition of card collecting – as a free promotional vehicle included with a product for youngsters (in this case "Sports Illustrated For Kids" magazine), as opposed to a set of cards issued to adults expressly for the purpose of being saved for future value, gives this card an integrity rare for such a modern card, and contributes to the respect this modern classic is accorded by collectors.
The entire print run of the December 1996 SI For Kids magazine was approximately 60,000. Because of the method of issue and the perforated production process, imperfections are almost the rule with the 1996 SI Tiger Woods card. These are among the most condition sensitive cards to ever be issued. Few youngsters thought to preserve the cards when they were issued. Most of the magazines containing the cards arrived in the mailbox rolled, or even worse, folded, causing damage to the cards inside. Fewer cards still survived the ravages of children’s handling, and of course many magazines were thrown away as the new SI For Kids issues arrived. Of the 741 1996 SI Tiger Woods cards graded by PSA to date, only three have ever received a grade of PSA 10 GEM MINT, and 54 have received a grade of PSA 9 MINT.
The proof of purchase code (which is the size of an address label) has been neatly clipped from the lower left of the front cover of each magazine, otherwise the full magazines, the sheets of cards inside, and the additional three separate sheets are all in pristine uncirculated condition. The cards have no wear, creases, or flaws of any kind. While there is, of course, no way to tell how these twelve examples will grade, they no doubt have tremendous potential both as graded specimens, or kept in their current original unperforated state. This is perhaps the most significant offering of this famous card in recent history. A tremendous opportunity with great break potential. Total 12 Tiger Woods SI rookie cards (9 complete issues, plus 3 nine card sheets).
1996 Sports Illustrated Tiger Woods Rookie Card Collection of 12
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