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Vancouver 2010 (Part 2): Olympic Pins

February 9, 2010

Pin collecting has been a popular Olympic cultural mainstay for many years. Do a search on Olympic collectibles and the majority of links will most likely be “pins”, but that’s not all there is to Olympic collecting by a long shot. It all started with the 1896 Olympics and a menu from the International Olympic Committee dinner. That same year saw the issuance of Olympic stamps to help balance the Olympic budget. These two items, one specifically made to generate revenue and the other a souvenir from a dinner, started the phenomena of Olympic Collecting we see today. (via here)

These pins are easy to find and they’re inexpensive souvenir, but that’s not what attracts me. The beauty of Olympic pin collecting may live in the precise requirements regarding the designs and producing of pins. There are a great deal of choices to be selected from the different venues and sponsors for the games.


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