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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

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1992 OLYMPICS EQUESTRIAN POSTER 96/550
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
1992 OLYMPICS EQUESTRIAN POSTER 96/550
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$301 Bid
After Pierre Soulages (French, born 1919), 1972 Munich Olympic Games Poster,
Oct 28, 10:00 AM BST
After Pierre Soulages (French, born 1919), 1972 Munich Olympic Games Poster,
by Cheffins
Est: £100- £200
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Xth Olympiad Los Angeles Daily Programs & Statuettes (7) [139880]
Oct 29, 8:00 AM PDT
Xth Olympiad Los Angeles Daily Programs & Statuettes (7) [139880]
by Holabird Western Americana
Est: $100- $200
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Original 1984-W $10.00 Olympic Gold Coin
Nov 27, 10:00 AM EST
Original 1984-W $10.00 Olympic Gold Coin
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
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1984-S $10.00 Olympic Gold Coin
Nov 27, 10:00 AM EST
1984-S $10.00 Olympic Gold Coin
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$501 Bid
Atlanta Summer Olympics Games Sheet of Twenty 32 Cent Stamps Scott 3068 By USPS
Oct 25, 6:00 PM PDT
Atlanta Summer Olympics Games Sheet of Twenty 32 Cent Stamps Scott 3068 By USPS
by Heroes and Legends
Est: $50- $100
$71 Bid
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The Founder of the Modern Olympic Games Inscribes His Book on American Sports
Oct 27, 1:00 PM EDT
The Founder of the Modern Olympic Games Inscribes His Book on American Sports
by Lion Heart Autographs
Est: $1,000- $1,300
$9001 Bid
§ David Hockney O.M., C.H., R.A. (British 1937-) Olympische Spiele München 1972
Oct 29, 10:00 AM BST
§ David Hockney O.M., C.H., R.A. (British 1937-) Olympische Spiele München 1972
by Lyon & Turnbull
Est: £700- £1,000
£3400 Bids
Georgia state Olympic game style medal and ribbon
Nov 01, 11:30 PM EDT
Georgia state Olympic game style medal and ribbon
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $40- $50
$250 Bids
African American Olympic Games History, Jesse Owens
Nov 13, 2:00 PM EST
African American Olympic Games History, Jesse Owens
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $30- $60
$200 Bids
Olympic Man, Athlete, Swimmer Male Diving Bronze Sculpure
Nov 13, 2:00 PM EST
Olympic Man, Athlete, Swimmer Male Diving Bronze Sculpure
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $400- $800
$3000 Bids
OLYMPIC GAMES -- ANTONIDES, Th. Olympia, dat is olymp-speelen der Grieken, nagebootst
Nov 16, 1:30 PM CET
OLYMPIC GAMES -- ANTONIDES, Th. Olympia, dat is olymp-speelen der Grieken, nagebootst
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Est: €190- €240
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LeRoy Neiman - Olympic Gymnast
Nov 18, 12:00 PM EST
LeRoy Neiman - Olympic Gymnast
by Dane Fine Art Auctions
Est: $4,000- $5,000
$1,4000 Bids
Goldmedal, Olympia Atlanta 1996
Oct 28, 11:00 AM CEST
Goldmedal, Olympia Atlanta 1996
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €140- €560
€1200 Bids
African American Olympic Games History, Jesse Owens
Nov 27, 2:00 PM EST
African American Olympic Games History, Jesse Owens
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $30- $60
$150 Bids
Vintage Olympics Photo Print, Florence Griffith Joyner
Nov 27, 2:00 PM EST
Vintage Olympics Photo Print, Florence Griffith Joyner
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $30- $60
$150 Bids
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Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
Misc. Lot
by Copake Auction Inc.
Est: $50- $75
$200 Bids
2002 U S A OLIMPICS COMMITTEE KEYRING
Nov 01, 12:30 PM EDT
2002 U S A OLIMPICS COMMITTEE KEYRING
by Museum of Culture and Arts, Inc
Est: $80- $350
$120 Bids
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Nov 13, 2:00 PM GMT
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by Antikbar Original Vintage Posters
Est: £105- £210
£700 Bids
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Nov 13, 2:00 PM GMT
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Est: £120- £240
£800 Bids
Swatch Watch Centennial Olympic Games Collection
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
Swatch Watch Centennial Olympic Games Collection
by Neue Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids

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