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The Essential Lance

Lance Armstrong has appeared as the main subject on the cover of Sports Illustrated nine times, plus twice more in inset photos, putting him in elite company for the most appearances on SI covers. Armstrong will likely be the cover story a couple more times, but for now he trails some sports superstars.

Michael Jordan leads everyone with 49 covers, followed by Muhammad Ali (35), Jack Nicklaus (24), Magic Johnson (22), Tiger Woods (20), Pete Rose (17), Larry Bird (16), Wayne Gretzky (15), Mickey Mantle (13) and Joe Montana (13). For the time being, he's tied Emmitt Smith (11), and passed by Joe Namath (10), Willie Mays (9) and the Yankees' Derek Jeter (8).

But, to get the complete Lance, you'll need one issue which doesn't have his picture on it.

Armstrong's first win in the Tour de France was unfittingly unheralded, even though it was well known that he was a cancer survivor. There were two stories covering Armstrong's victory. One, which was the actual reportage of Armstrong's win, never made it to the print edition, though it is still available online, via CNN/SI, here.

Leigh Montville authored the story that eventually made the magazine's August 9th edition with Barry Sanders as the main cover subject and a small banner announcing Armstrong's feat. The story is available online, here. The cover can be viewed here.


The nine issues with Lance Armstrong as the main subject are (clicking the dates will display the cover in a new window):

Jul. 24, 2000 - 2nd straight Tour de France victory

Aug. 6, 2001 - 3rd consecutive Tour win

Aug. 5, 2002 - 4th straight Tour win

Dec. 16, 2002 - 2002 SI Athlete of the Year

Aug. 4, 2003 - Armstrong wins 5th straight

Jun. 28, 2004 - Preview of Tour de France

Aug. 2, 2004 - 6th Tour de France victory

Jun. 20, 2005 - Armstrong sets out to win record 7th Tour.

Aug. 1, 2005 - Lance ends his cycling career with his 7th straight Tour de France win.

Lance's photo also appears as an inset in these two issues:

August 3, 2004 - Olympic Preview issue, with headline "Lance" and inset photo of Armstrong winning 6th Tour.

May 2, 2005 - The final climb begins

There's also a special "Sport Illustrated presents" Lance Armstrong commemorative issue, released prior to the 2005 Tour de France. The issue is dated June 28, 2005. Another commemorative issue was released after he won the 7th Tour. Cover photo.

So, that makes a full 14 magazines, if you want a truly solid, complete collection of Lance Armstrong SI covers and stories. Expect to pay the least ($2-4) for the Barry Sanders (8/9/99) issue and the most recent ones. The final issue (8/1/2005) will run about $3-7 on ebay, and it will likely endure as one of the most popular. The earlier issues - 2000, 2001 and 2002 - are becoming scare in high grade condition, so spending $5-10 on those would not be unusual. If you can get all 14 for under $75, you've done well, but paying $125 might prove a bit much. Of course, 20 years from now, they could, and likely will, be worth considerably more.

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Mostly Magazines Store Reopens

Just a brief notice that the Mostly Magazines online store has reopened with a number of changes. Since most buyers are looking for individual copies of magazines or books, I've begun listing items on the store page individually, with links that open new windows with complete information and a Buy It button, instead of a shopping cart experience. If you want more than one issue, drop a line to sales@dtmagazine.com and I'll make sure to give you a discount on shipping and the retail price.

I'll be adding more magazines, books and records as time allows.


Donations

Since I am terrible at soliciting donations or contributions, I'll just say that you can help out by donating cash or books and magazines that I can resell. More details on our donations page, or just click the link below and make a donation. Like everyone else, I need to eat, pay bills, etc.

That's it for this month. Happy trading, buying, selling, collecting and reading!

Rick Gagliano
Publisher, Downtown Magazine
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