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Sporting Classics

Sporting Classics 1981 Premier Issue

Sporting Classics is devoted to those who love to read. Each issue is packed with the things you love most: guns, knives, adventures, sporting art, dogs, and more. From Hemingway to Buckingham, O'Connor to Rutledge, this is the best hunting and fishing magazine for any sportsman!

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Sporting Classics Magazine
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8 Issues


1 min.
from the editor

Dear Friend, You have been sent this introduction to Sporting Classics magazine by Wild Wings of Lake City, Minnesota, in appreciation of your friendship and patronage. All of us at Sporting Classics hope you like our publication and you will become a permanent subscriber. Sporting Classics is dedicated to serving the sporting collector--those who enjoy collecting sporting and wildlife art, guns, decoys, duck and other stamps, knives, fishing tackle, decanters and the many other collectibles in the sporting field. We won't go into the physical properties of our magazine, those you can see for yourself. We will tell you that Sporting Classics is published six times a year, a charter subscription is $32 for three years, $22 for two years, and only $12 for the first year. The articles are honest and carefully researched, written…

4 min.
this'n that

New Medallions On Market Growing interest in duck stamps and duck stamp collecting has been taken a step further by the Wildlife Mint of Frontenac, Minnesota. This group is reproducing every federal duck stamp, beginning with the initial one in 1934, in gold, silver, and antique bronze. "This new series combines the annual collectibility of duck stamps and the investment potential of silver and gold," Bill Webster, spokesman for the company, said recently. Webster said the medallions will be limited to 3,500 sets containing one troy ounce of fine silver and 1,000 sets in gold. He said the gold piece contained more than one troy ounce of 24-karat gold. There is also an unlimited edition in antique bronze. All medallions are slightly larger than one and a half inches in diameter. The front of…

4 min.

Collects Knives and Prints I heard about your new magazine at a cocktail party and was certainly glad that someone is finally starting a magazine that I want to read. The word was that it will be a high-class magazine about collecting sporting items, and that's right up my alley. My son and I have been collecting knives (we have about thirty-five) and upland bird prints for about five years, and we really have enjoyed it. Please send me a subscription blank. fubDavison Louisville, Ky. Hopes for High Quality My sister told me you're going to start a new outdoor magazine and I am writing to wish you the best of luck. I hope this reaches you, as I am not sure I have the right address. I subscribed to South Carolina Wildlife magazine…

8 min.
art & etc.

The broad exposure that the print gives an artist demands the highest possible level of art. The 1970s marked an explosive era of limited editions in the art collector's world. These technical masterpieces of color separation and printing, numbered and signed by the artist, were born out of the desire of the art-buying public for top-quality material at reasonable prices. The number of artists cashing in on this phenomenon is growing every month, and the market acceptance has been staggering. It is not out-of-line to talk of "the print industry". As we enter the 1980's we are riding the crest of this wave. There is a tension among art collectors and artists that is heightened whenever an approach or a marketing technique is introduced. To ease the new print medium into a…

4 min.

"I began collecting antique decoys as a natural outgrowth of my love of duck shooting." Wildfowl decoys are one of the few original American art forms. They originated with the market gunner who was destined to help feed the growing population of a young country. These men who were to supply the abundant waterfowl to the markets needed decoys as any craftsman would need tools for their trade. Those who made decoys to lure the great flocks of ducks and shorebirds into range of their guns never imagined they were creating one of our country's finest examples of folk art. This folk art that was essential to the livelihood of the market gunner and a product for the sportsman is now the pleasure of the collector. I began collecting antique decoys as…

8 min.

Before split bamboo came to dominate the market, rod builders on both sides of the Atlantic explored many materials. One of the most persistent problems facing the antique tackle collector, especially the beginner, is the very basic one of identifying rod woods. I frequently encounter confusion (including my own) on the subject, and there are some gcxxl reasons for this uncertainty. Over the past few hundred years, dozens of woods and other materials including whalebone, have been used in rods, sometimes several in one rod. By 1800, European rods were being built of woods from all over the world. The United States first became known for fine rodbuilding in the 1820s and 1830s, and by the 1840s our best rods probably equaled the best in the Old World. Experiments with split bamboo…