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Historic IG Collection Up for eBay Auction
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When Jack Leonard moved to Kauai in 2005, he brought to Hawaii 32 years of experience in coaching.

He also brought with him every issue of International Gymnast since its debut in 1956, and on Sunday put the rare collection up for auction on eBay.

Jack Leonard with his rare collection

"The history of gymnastics is held within the pages of Modern Gymnast, Gymnast and International Gymnast Magazines," he said. "I have used it as the library for my research, enrichment and entertainment for the beautiful and challenging sport of gymnastics."

While Kauai may be paradise in most ways, Leonard understands its humid climate is not ideal for a paper archive.

"My decision to let go of the IG collection occurred when I realized that living on a tropical island was not the best place for housing my collection," he said.

Founded in 1956 by Glenn Sundby, IG debuted as Modern Gymnast Magazine before transitioning to Gymnast Magazine and finally International Gymnast. Leonard's collection of 518 magazines begins with the December 1956 complimentary edition and runs through December 2008.

"All are in great to mint condition including any posters that were part of the particular month's issue," he said.

Leonard began subscribing to IG in 1967 as a junior in high school and eventually acquired the previous editions. Some of the issues contain personal inscriptions.

The complimentary debut issue of Modern Gymnast of December 1956 includes an autograph from Jack Beckner, who is pictured on the cover, and is autographed inside by Sundby.

The autographed December 1956 issue

There are also cover autographs by Olympians Viktor Klimenko (December 1973) and Peter Kormann (September 1976).

Leonard, who earned five national tumbling titles as a gymnast at Ohio State, coached for years in Gaithersburg, Md., with his wife, Kay. They now operate Kauai Gymnastics Academy, the only gymnastics facility on the island.

For six years Leonard was an assistant coach Hill's Gymnastics in Gaithersburg, where he worked with three-time Olympian Dominique Dawes. In May, Dawes will be inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame, also founded by Sundby.

"When I saw the announcement of Dominique Dawes' induction into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame, I thought the timing was right," Leonard said. "My wife and I decided the auction could honor and benefit Dominique's induction and Glenn Sundby, the creator of IG and the founder of the IGHOF, by donating a percentage of the auction's net profit to the IGHOF."

The auction began Sunday and will last for 10 days. The auction price begins at $3,900, or $7.53 an issue. Fifteen percent of the auction proceeds will go to the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

External Link: eBay: 1956-2008 Complete Collection of IG

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Martin Caling said:

ex gymnasts
I am really sad because I missed it all. I competed in the sixties, small time, but I did get some mentions for High School and NCAA Western Regionals at the Air Force Academy. My brother, Leonard, did better and was also noted for his side horse win in the small NCAA finals and the AAU Championships around the same time period. I wish I had access to those issues just for the memories and the validation of our achievment. Does anyone know how I could get a copy or record of these moments? Well, I was just hoping. Best wishes to all and congradulations to all you lucky new owners of this valuable and cherished memories.

Best Regards,

Marty Caling/Leonard Caling
December 29, 2009
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