Michael Phelps, Simone Biles & Katie Ledecky share newest SI cover

si-olympics-cover-the-greatests-jpgToday is Sports Illustrated‘s birthday — the first issue arrived today back in 1954 with baseball Hall of Famer Eddie Mathews on the cover — but since we’re in the here and now there’s still a relatively collectable news nugget today.

Katie Ledecky, Michael Phelps and Simone Biles share the latest cover along wth their medal haul as of a few days ago, giving Olympic collectors something new to chase.

In case you missed it here on The Buzz, we’ve recapped how Ledecky has little cardboard, how Phelps has plenty of certified autographs and how Biles and her “Final Five” teammates have been heating up on cardboard.

The SI cover will be one of note for autograph collectors wanting something beyond a card or photo and it’s an affordable option for a simple piece of Olympic memorabilia highlighting three of the nation’s biggest stars so far in the Rio Olympics. It’s Phelps’ 13th SI cover appearance.

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Katie Ledecky’s dominance isn’t seen on much official cardboard

Katie-Ledecky-SI-Kids-1Katie Ledecky has five Olympic medals in the Rio Games and four of them are gold — it’s a pretty good haul for a 19-year-old.

The one thing she doesn’t have, though? A bonafide pack-inserted trading card.

Instead, collectors have a trio of Sports Illustrated for Kids cards — a staple for the non-traditional sports or young stars not yet professionals found in the pages of the kids magazine as a perforated-sheet bonus. It’s a place where LeBron James, Jordan Spieth and Tiger Woods have made their marks in the past along with many others before traditional card appearances.

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