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Olympic Memorabilia

Olympic memorabilia is nearly as diverse as the Olympic Games they represent. From pins and programs to stamps and tickets, a collector has opportunities to gather an array of merchandise depending on personal and sporting interests. In 1986, Greece hosted the first modern-day Olympic Games, founded by Pierre de Coubertin. This was the first year Olympic memorabilia was produced, with Greece issuing a set of 12 postage stamps.

At the 1912 Olympic Games, pins debuted to the public. Years later, Finland struck the first Olympic coins commemorating the 1951 Summer Olympics. Then, in 1972, the concept of an Olympic mascot was born, and a dachshund dog named Waldi became the first to represent the Games in Munich. Since then, the Olympic Games have produced other items such as programs, tickets, diplomas, medals, and torches, all considered popular memorabilia categories.

Today, the International Association of Olympic Collectors (AICO) is the principal association of collector organizations, and is recognized as such by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The mission of AICO is to promote philately, numismatics, and other memorabilia among collector clubs worldwide, and the organization’s website serves as a basis for information on Olympic memorabilia.


Quick Facts

  • Gold medals were made of pure gold for the 1904, 1908, and 1912 Games. All gold medals since then have been made of sterling silver with gold plating
  • Only 22 torches were made for the 1952 Olympic Games. One of them sold for just under $500,000 on a Paris auction in 2011
  • A rare 2008 Beijing Olympic gold coin released by China Mint sold for $575,000 on auction in 2011. Weighing 22 pounds and measuring 7.09 inches, only 29 of these coins were minted

Recommended Items at Auction

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BILLY AL BENGSTON (1934 - 2022): LOS ANGELES 1984 OLYMPIC GAMES
Nov 29, 9:00 AM PST
BILLY AL BENGSTON (1934 - 2022): LOS ANGELES 1984 OLYMPIC GAMES
by Abell Auction
Est: $100- $200
$3008 Bids
RAYMOND SAUNDERS (B. 1935): LOS ANGELES 1984 OLYMPIC GAMES
Nov 29, 9:00 AM PST
RAYMOND SAUNDERS (B. 1935): LOS ANGELES 1984 OLYMPIC GAMES
by Abell Auction
Est: $100- $200
$2007 Bids
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SYDNEY 2000 OLYMPIC GAMES FRAMED COMPLETE COMMEMORATIVE PIN SET (WITH OFFICIAL BADGE)
Dec 01, 9:00 AM AEST
SYDNEY 2000 OLYMPIC GAMES FRAMED COMPLETE COMMEMORATIVE PIN SET (WITH OFFICIAL BADGE)
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD756 Bids
JENNIFER BARTLETT (1941 - 2022): LOS ANGELES 1984 OLYMPIC GAMES
Nov 29, 9:00 AM PST
JENNIFER BARTLETT (1941 - 2022): LOS ANGELES 1984 OLYMPIC GAMES
by Abell Auction
Est: $100- $200
$2256 Bids
JONATHAN BOROFSKY (B. 1942): LOS ANGELES 1984 OLYMPIC GAMES
Nov 29, 9:00 AM PST
JONATHAN BOROFSKY (B. 1942): LOS ANGELES 1984 OLYMPIC GAMES
by Abell Auction
Est: $100- $200
$2004 Bids
The United States Olympic Coins of the Atlanta Centennial Olympic Games
Dec 04, 10:00 AM CST
The United States Olympic Coins of the Atlanta Centennial Olympic Games
by Thriftiques of Iowa
Est: $10- $1,000
$113 Bids
MARTIN PURYEAR (B. 1941): LOS ANGELES 1984 OLYMPIC GAMES
Nov 29, 9:00 AM PST
MARTIN PURYEAR (B. 1941): LOS ANGELES 1984 OLYMPIC GAMES
by Abell Auction
Est: $100- $200
$1003 Bids
ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG (1925 - 2008): LOS ANGELES 1984 OLYMPIC GAMES
Nov 29, 9:00 AM PST
ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG (1925 - 2008): LOS ANGELES 1984 OLYMPIC GAMES
by Abell Auction
Est: $300- $500
$2002 Bids
2012 London Olympic Games Participation Medal (101)
Nov 30, 9:00 AM EST
2012 London Olympic Games Participation Medal (101)
by Dana J. Tharp Auctions
Est: $70- $100
$402 Bids
CARLOS ALMARAZ (1941 - 1989): LOS ANGELES 1984 OLYMPIC GAMES
Nov 29, 9:00 AM PST
CARLOS ALMARAZ (1941 - 1989): LOS ANGELES 1984 OLYMPIC GAMES
by Abell Auction
Est: $200- $300
$1752 Bids
ROY LICHTENSTEIN (1923 - 1997): LOS ANGELES 1984 OLYMPIC GAMES
Nov 29, 9:00 AM PST
ROY LICHTENSTEIN (1923 - 1997): LOS ANGELES 1984 OLYMPIC GAMES
by Abell Auction
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,6002 Bids
Native American History, Jim Thorpe Photo Print
Dec 03, 2:00 PM EST
Native American History, Jim Thorpe Photo Print
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $40- $80
$201 Bid
GARRY WINOGRAND (1928 1924): LOS ANGELES 1984 OLYMPIC GAMES
Nov 29, 9:00 AM PST
GARRY WINOGRAND (1928 1924): LOS ANGELES 1984 OLYMPIC GAMES
by Abell Auction
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
APRIL GREIMAN & JAYME ODGERS (B. 1939): LOS ANGELES 1984 OLYMPIC GAMES
Nov 29, 9:00 AM PST
APRIL GREIMAN & JAYME ODGERS (B. 1939): LOS ANGELES 1984 OLYMPIC GAMES
by Abell Auction
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
1932 German Olympic Pin. Marked on back as shown in photos
Dec 04, 10:00 AM CST
1932 German Olympic Pin. Marked on back as shown in photos
by Thriftiques of Iowa
Est: $10- $1,000
$101 Bid
A Berlin 1936 Summer Olympic Games visitors badge
Dec 02, 10:00 AM GMT
A Berlin 1936 Summer Olympic Games visitors badge
by Martel Maides
Est: £60- £80
£501 Bid
JOHN BALDESSARI (1931 - 2020): LOS ANGELES 1984 OLYMPIC GAMES
Nov 29, 9:00 AM PST
JOHN BALDESSARI (1931 - 2020): LOS ANGELES 1984 OLYMPIC GAMES
by Abell Auction
Est: $500- $700
$3501 Bid
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FRAMED SPORTING PICTOGRAMS OF THE SYDNEY 2000 OLYMPIC GAMES
Dec 01, 9:00 AM AEST
FRAMED SPORTING PICTOGRAMS OF THE SYDNEY 2000 OLYMPIC GAMES
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD101 Bid
Vintage Olympics Photo Print, Florence Griffith Joyner
Dec 03, 2:00 PM EST
Vintage Olympics Photo Print, Florence Griffith Joyner
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $30- $60
$200 Bids
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Nov 30, 6:00 PM EST
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by BLG Auction Services
Est: $0- $0
$20 Bids
OTL AICHER; GERHARD JOKSCH; HENRI WIRTHNER; GEORGY NAGY, TEST PRINT MUNICH OLYMPIC GAMES: BASKETBALL LIGHT BLUE, AROUND 1970
Nov 30, 3:00 PM CET
OTL AICHER; GERHARD JOKSCH; HENRI WIRTHNER; GEORGY NAGY, TEST PRINT MUNICH OLYMPIC GAMES: BASKETBALL LIGHT BLUE, AROUND 1970
by Quittenbaum Kunstauktionen GmbH
Est: €500- €800
€4500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Olympic Memorabilia


Abell Auction

Abell Auction

Quittenbaum Kunstauktionen GmbH

Quittenbaum Kunstauktionen GmbH

Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG

Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG

Bonhams

Bonhams