2021/2022 Member Pins
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Welcome to Olympin

If you are visiting our site because you are a collector of Olympic pins or other memorabilia relating to the greatest sporting event on earth, then you have found the right place. The Olympin Collectors Club is a non-profit group reaching some 500 members in over 30 countries. It is the oldest active pin club in the pin world, recognized for its integrity, reliability and quick service. We invite you to relax, surf around our website and then join us!

Upcoming Collector Festivals & Fairs

Beijing 2022 NOC pin from UkraineThe next Olympic collector gatherings have just been announced. This autumn, Olympin Club members will be meeting up in Colorado Springs, Colorado, headquarters of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee and the new USOP Museum. We have a quick overview of plans.

After a 4-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the next World Olympic Collectors' Fair will be will be held in Paris, France from 23-25 June marking one-year-to-go until the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The official communique gives the basics. More details will be unveiled on the AICO website in early 2023.


March 2022 Newsletter

Beijing 2022 NOC pin from UkraineGreetings to our 524 Olympin members around the world. Welcome to the eight of you who have joined since December’s newsletter! This newsletter is a few weeks late, but hopefully you will understand when you see the size and scope of this issue. Ten of Olympin’s members wrote articles for this newsletter! Thanks to Josh Waller, Justin Hou, Branislav Delej, Pam Litz, Karen Rosen, Jill Jaracz, Jim Goddard, Irina Dzidziguri, Janet Grissom and Steve Robie for their valuable contributions! To view the newsletter, please log in to the Members Area of the website.


"Wild West Actor & Olympic Collector"

Mason Dinehart interviewOlympin Club member, Mason Dinehart, was interviewed by NBC TV in the San Francisco Bay Area. Taped in November 2021, Mason talks not only about his career as an actor in westerns, but more imporantly displays pieces of his extensive Olympic collection of pins and memorbilia which began at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games.


"Their Olympics Are Already Canceled"

Bud Kling at home with his Olympic collectionBud Kling was interviewed by the New York Times on May 29, 2021 about his mammoth Olympic collection and how the postponed Tokyo Olympic Games impacted collectors worldwide. Also included in the interview was Olympin Vice President, Sid Marantz.

 

 

 


Gallery - 2021 Olympic Pin & Memorabilia Show
Atlanta, Georgia - 4-7 November 2021

Our pin trading drought was finally over! Over 70 tables of Olympic memorabilia in the Hyatt Grand Hall. Reuniting with good friends. Jon Becker taking a breather while Karen Rosen closes a deal. New member Victor Mahbub from Mexico doing some trading. Allen Lee was part of the hard-working team of volunteers. On Friday the Braves’ victory parade passed right by our hotel. David Apathy checks out items for the live auction. Dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe (HRC) on Friday night. Getting those paddles ready for the live auction. Scott Reed directing the live auction at the HRC. Scott & Don Bigsby inspecting the silent auction offerings. Enjoying the HRC evening. Enjoying the HRC evening. In the live auction Lois Holloway was the lucky winner of the Lillehammer mascots. “Now how am I going to get them home?" Santa paid a visit to the show on Saturday. This happy group at Saturday’s reception hailed from 6 states. The Eddie Auctions help to defray the costs of the show. Saturday’s banquet at the Hyatt Regency. Saturday’s banquet at the Hyatt Regency. Sheila and Ed Hula of ATR chatted with our guest speaker. Brad Copeland spoke about designing The Look of two Olympics. Cheers from your Olympin Board officers.

Photos: P. Litz, S. Marantz

Past galleries may be viewed here

2022 World Olympic Collectors' Fair Cancelled

Artena splashIt's official. The 26th World Olympic Collectors' Fair in Artena (Rome), Italy, which had been postponed from 2020 to 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, has been cancelled. According to the official announcement, this was due to uncertainty over the global health situation next year, and the loss of a critical source of financing. The next World Olympic Collectors' Fair is set for Paris, France in June 2023. Hope to see everyone there for a pre-Olympic celebration!


Shlomi Tsafrir: 3 Interviews

Shlomi InterviewOlympin Club member, Shlomi Tsafrir, was interviewed on three separate occassions about his extensive collection of Olympic memorabilia:

China News Agency interview at his store in Tokyo. In English.

CNN interview about pin trading and the lack of it at the 2020 Tokyo Games.

An earlier 2021 CNN interview at Shlomi's home in Nagano.