A collector in Los Angeles has amassed the signatures of 4,413 sports stars including Michael Jordan and Mickey Mantle on 2,913 covers of Sports Illustrated. But according to the Los Angeles Times, Scott Smith is on the search for one elusive cover model: An unidentified model who appeared on the magazine in 1960, holding a kite.
"The woman looks like Mary Tyler Moore," Smith told the newspaper. "But it's not her -- I asked her."
In his quest to find the mystery woman, Smith has reportedly contacted modeling agencies and even the cover's photographer.
Smith is no rookie when it comes to looking for people who appeared on the magazine's cover. He, according to the article, has tracked down athletes who have long been out of the public eye.
In 2009, he told a New Jersey news site that he began his hobby when he was 8, and his father took him to local sports games and helped him get signatures.
The model isn't his first long search: He went through great lengths trying to get chess master's Bobby Fischer's autograph, even heading to Iceland before giving up when Fischer denied his request. He'll even travel down to the Bahamas for celebrity golf tournaments to get the covers signed, according to the NorthJersey.com article.
As for his latest search, he told the Times that he believes the woman would be in her mid-70s today, and he's determined to find her.
"I'm really looking for this one woman," he told the newspaper. "It's a huge hole in my collection."
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