Sports Illustrated and Beckett Grading Services have teamed up to bring a limited offering of uncirculated copies of the long-collected magazine under a new program — SI Uncirculated — to the masses starting with this week’s issues.
Copies of the June 8 magazines, which are direct from SI and slabbed by BGS, feature the Detroit Red Wings‘ “Motown Cool” regional cover as well as the national cover featuring high schooler Bryce Harper on the cover.
Under the authority of Time Inc., this is the collector’s only way to get an uncirculated copy of SI slabbed by BGS. Only a limited number of each are available. Once the initial offerings are sold out, they cannot be offered again.
The magazines are $24.99 and can be purchased here (Red Wings cover) and here (Harper cover — limit one per customer) as part of the slabbing program that provides protection for the item. The SI Uncirculated concept, which will focus on current and future magazines — not past magazines — is much like the Topps Vault’s uncirculated proof cards for current card sets.
The Harper issue is a first cover appearance, which is noted on the BGS label. On future releases, first covers and regional covers will be noted. With the popularity of the magazine as a collectible through the years, this helps add yet another dimension to collecting for the fans of the magazine.