Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Sports Illustrated for Kids

Marta - LA Sol card # 422 (2009)  -- Brian Ching - Houston Dynamo card #73 (2006)

Jason Kries - Dallas Burn card # 832 (1999)  -- Carla Overbeck - US National card #837 (1999)

Launched in 1989 SI Kids is a monthly spin-off of the weekly US sports magazine Sports Illustrated. In each issue of the magazine there was a page of 9 sports cards (perforated) featuring athletes from all fields. I thought the inclusion of extreme sports, college athletes, olympians and soccer made this a great set of cards. Of course there are many baseball, football, hockey and basketball cards as well.

The first soccer card featured Ricky Davis, card # 58, Jul 1989. Soccer is well represented with 114 cards published from 1989 through 2012, with Mia Hamm being featured 7 times; Abby Wambach Kristine Lilly, Tony Meola, Julie Foudy, Preki and Landon Donovan 3 times each.  Wayne Rooney even got 2 cards!


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