Sports memorabilia collectors come in many shapes and sizes, and consequently, so do their collections. Since coming out with their first issue on August 16, 1954, Sports Illustrated magazine has had a dedicated following among collectors who prize SI for its wonderful covers, which typically feature fantastic imagery from the most current and important of athletic events.
SI was rather slow to dedicate a full front cover to an American Football League subject; The Chargers’ Paul Lowe and Tobin Rote shared face time on the cover from the December 16, 1963, issue, which floated the idea of a “World Series” between the AFL and NFL.
During the 1960s, there were 15 AFL covers on Sports Illustrated. Not surprisingly, Joe Namath was feature more often than any other AFL player, with his three cover appearances in the 1960s. Below is the list of AFL SI covers.
December 16, 1963 Paul Lowe & Tobin Rote
August 17, 1964 Don Trull
July 19, 1965 Joe Namath
December 13, 1965 Lance Alworth
December12, 1966 Jim Nance
August 8, 1966 Frank Emanuel
August 12, 1968 Paul Brown
December 9, 1968 Joe Namath
January 20, 1969 Joe Namath
July 14, 1969 O.J. Simpson
August 11, 1969 Joe Namath
November 24, 1969 Kansas City Chiefs
August 25, 1969 O.J. Simpson
September 22, 1969 Jim Turner
January 19, 1970 Len Dawson