The Bottom Line
- Over 3750 Full Color Pictures
- Every Cover Published
- Check List and Values
- Cover artists include Andy Warhol, Peter Max, Jamie Wyeth, Charles Addams, Al Hirschfeld and Salvador Dali.
- Lucy is the queen of the cover, she's been up front 39 times, much more than runner-up Johnny Carson's 28 issues.
- Split covers first appeared in 1991, with numerous regional covers in the later 1990s.
Guide Review - The Official Collectors Guide to TV Guide
Collecting TV Guides is not hard, suggestions in the book are looking at flea markets, as well as in the garages and attics of friends and family. It's also suggested contacting trash removal companies who clean out homes for their help!
What's the most valuable issue? The first one issue of Lucy's Baby that was published in April 1953, following that is the Adventures of Superman with George Reeves on the cover (09/25/53), Elvis Presley(9/8/56), and Howdy Doody(6/25/54). You could expect to pay in the $1950 price range for issue #1, but after that prices drop dramatically, making this an affordable hobby.
Interested in collecting TV Guide? Well, it might be a little difficult to collect over fifty years worth of copies, so the best idea is specialize. Perhaps by show, decade or subject. In fact many times TV Guide is not in itself collected, as much as the subject that fits into another collection. e.g. Space collectors would enjoy the July 19, 1969 cover of the first live telecast from the moon and Disney collectors might collect the Mickey Mouse club cover of October 1, 1957.