Welcome to OLYMPIAN ARTIFACTS!
At 7,000 ft. on Mt. Allan (at Nakiska), just above the start house for the men's downhill at the XV Olympic Winter Games in Calgary in 1988.
This site is the culmination of my 41 years of collecting Olympic Memorabilia. What started with the casual purchase of a single logo pin at the Games of the XXI Olympiad in Montreal in 1976 has now grown into a very large and diverse collection of which I'm extremely proud. Since I've been gradually liquidating most of my personal collection during the past few years, many of the items offered here are my own, but most are either duplicates of those in my collection or simply fall outside my areas of interest. There is a tremendous amount of material available -- even for the most discerning among you.
Besides being a place where you'll be able to purchase a wide range of Olympic material, I've tried to incorporate a lot of useful information into this site. Some of it is subtle, and some is not so subtle, but it's all here, and it won't cost you anything to use it. If you learn just a little bit more about a particular Olympic item, the Olympic Games, or the Olympic Movement each time you visit this site, I'll feel like I accomplished one of my primary objectives in creating it.
OLYMPIAN ARTIFACTS is a work in progress which I'm constantly enlarging and improving upon. I generally update the site at least several times a month with new items and images, and I will probably continue to do that for the rest of my life! For me, it's not really work, though. It's more of a labor of love. Of course, I welcome your suggestions and input.
I've tried to provide as much detail in my descriptions as I thought was necessary for a particular item.
As they pertain to badges and pins, words like "Gold", "Silver", "Bronze", or "Brass" simply refer to the color of the base metal. Actual colors used on a given badge or pin are generally only mentioned where they help to differentiate similar badges or pins from each other. Backstamps are described with the same purpose in mind, and without the inclusion of phone or FAX numbers. In the case of BID pins, sometimes the differences between certain examples consisted of only minor variations in color or backstamp, so I'll leave it up to you to decide how significant these are. The term "tack back" refers to a standard-length post requiring a typical butterfly or military clutch. The phrase "clutch back" means that the post is longer and requires a tie-tack type of clutch to fasten it. And, where I have verifiable information, I make sure to note the quantity made.
For the other kinds of items listed on this site, I hope you'll find my descriptions to be complete and self-explanatory. With this in mind, I've included such information as titles, number of pages, languages used, dimensions, condition, and anything else that I thought would be helpful.
The great majority of the items on this site are priced at $50 or less, so although you can spend quite a bit more if you choose, you have ample opportunties to do otherwise.
I use many factors in determining prices. These include but aren't limited to my acquisition costs (which may vary widely for similar items due to geographic location), condition, scarcity, and, of course, comparable sales. However, because of the great diversity of items I collect and deal in, there are always some that don't neatly conform to any of the typical parameters, and, for those, I simply extrapolate prices based on my many years of experience.
My ultimate objectives are to arrive at prices which I feel properly reflect market value, and, at the same time, afford me a reasonable profit for my time and effort. And, if they fall within a generally-accepted range, so much the better.
LINKS TO MY SALES LISTS
Although OLYMPIAN ARTIFACTS has 10 other intrasite links besides this one, the 6 links described below access my primary sales lists on the site. Click-on buttons are provided as well as a daily update on the number of items in each. Before accessing any one of them, I suggest you read the following brief summaries. These will provide you with an overview of what you can expect to see on each of these pages and how they are organized.
SUMMER GAMES ARTIFACTS
This link currently contains #SUMMER items in 20 categories.
WINTER GAMES ARTIFACTS
This link currently contains #WINTER items in the same 20 categories.
You'll see a list of 20 categories in alphabetical order when you first access the above pages and clicking on any one of them will open that category. Items within each category are listed in chronological and alphabetical order according to city of origin. And, in the cases of IOC items which aren't necessarily Games specific, you'll see them on both lists.
SUMMER GAMES BID PINS
This link currently contains #SUMBID items spanning the years 1956 to 2012.
WINTER GAMES BID PINS
This link currently contains #WINBID items spanning the years 1956 to 2014.
You'll be greeted by a list of the above Olympic years when you access these pages and clicking on any given year will open the page for that year. Once again, this will be followed by descriptions in chronological and alphabetical order according to city of origin. And, there will also be a bronze button you can click on which will allow you to view the image of a given pin.
SUMMER GAMES NOC PINS
This link currently contains #SUMNOC items spanning the years 1924 to 2012.
WINTER GAMES NOC PINS
This link currently contains #WINNOC items spanning the years 1924 to 2010.
The format here is the same as that for the BID PINS. When you access these pages, you'll see a list of the above Olympic years and clicking on any given year will open the page for that year. This will be followed by descriptions in alphabetical order according to country of origin, and each country will be followed by its three-letter IOC abbreviation. There will also be a bronze button you can click on which will allow you to view the image of a particular pin. Generic NOC pins which I believe were used at both the Summer and Winter Games in the same year appear on both lists for that year.
This link contains a list of the items added to the site within the last 30 days. Each "New Item" is also identified with a "New" graphic located to the left of the item number on its respective sales list.
For those of you not familiar with them, BID PINS are produced by cities bidding for the right to host the Olympic Games. They're used as promotional items and have become increasingly popular and numerous in recent years. Although the first listed bid pin on my site dates from 1960, it's presently unclear as to when the first actual bid pin was made. However, with the discovery and exchange of information this site will hopefully stimulate, I'm fairly confident that issue will eventually be resolved.
As a "serious" collector of BID PINS since 1988, I feel I have a responsibility to be conservative in the way that I treat and, ultimately, disseminate information about them. That's why I've deliberately not listed any pins the origins of which I'm not sure about or which I've found not to have been produced for a specific bid by either a national or international bid city. Currently falling into this category is a set of 4 pins from the village of Strbské Pleso in the "Vysoké Tatry" ("High Tatras") region of Slovakia. Although this area produced at least 7 bona fide pins for an aborted 1984 Winter Games bid, the set at issue-- each pin of which has a different-colored background and depicts a ski jump sitting on a compressed globe of the world-- was not produced in conjunction with the 1984 Winter Games bid or any other bid, for that matter. In fact, this set of souvenir pins was issued after the World Ski Championships in 1970 which were held in the "Vysoké Tatry" ("High Tatras") region of Slovakia, and was meant to convey the Slovakians' excitement about the success of the Championships and their hope that they might then be in a position to bid for and host a future Olympic Winter Games. So, although one may consider these 4 pins to be related to BID PINS, that connection is tenuous at best since they weren't made to promote a specific bid by a then-bona fide bid city. And, in my opinion, at least, that makes them fall short of being able to be classified as true BID PINS.
For those of you who collect BID PINS, I urge you to contact me with verifiable information about any you may have or know about which aren't described or pictured on this site. I'm already aware of quite a few, but, perhaps, there are even more. If you're able to send me detailed descriptions and high-quality color photocopies or images in ".jpg" format, I'd be pleased to include them, and acknowledge your contribution(s) in this section. Only in this way, can a truly comprehensive and accurate listing of all BID PINS eventually evolve. Towards that end, I hope to publish "A REFERENCE GUIDE TO OLYMPIC BID PINS" before the end of 2006 using the descriptions and images I already have and those which I hope will be forthcoming.
Although I depended primarily on my own knowledge and pin collection to create the BID PINS lists, I'd be remiss if I didn't acknowledge those of you who helped fill in some important gaps. Whether you did this by loaning me pins I didn't have or by providing me with information, color photocopies, and/or ".jpg" scans, I want you to know how much I appreciate all of your efforts. Robert Sawyer (Atlanta, GA), Rick Holman (Austell, GA), Mike Nealon (No. Hollywood, CA), Len Braun (Downey, CA), Sid Marantz (Vernon, CA), Doug Todd (San Diego, CA), Steve Robie (Cupertino, CA), Jim Greensfelder (Cincinnati, OH), and Ron Finnigan (Burnaby, BC, CANADA) all deserve special praise. Hugh Hofer (Roswell, GA), Josh Jackson (Sioux Falls, SD), Richard Jackson, Sr. (Alpharetta, GA), Alan Peterson (Las Vegas, NV), Mario Avila (Atlanta, GA), Richard Murray (Ontario, CA), Jim Goddard (Denver, CO), Colleen Simpson (Los Angeles, CA), Domenico Di Pinto (Burbank, CA), Morissa Pawl (West Hills, CA), Stuart Garmise (Flushing, NY), Irene Darveau (Quebec City, QC, CANADA), Dan Pederson (Abbotsford, BC, CANADA), Geir Silseth (Lillehammer, NORWAY), Antoan Hlebarov (Sofia, BULGARIA), and Jivko Nakev (Sofia, BULGARIA) contributed some real rarities as well. My appreciation also extends to Mike Yazdani (Sydney, NSW, AUSTRALIA) who supplied me with the production numbers for many of the Sydney '00 bid pins. And, finally, a special "thank you" goes to Milos Kubalcik (Jindalee, QLD, AUSTRALIA) for helping me to clarify the status of those previously-mysterious pins from the village of Strbské Pleso in the "Vysoké Tatry" ("High Tatras") region of Slovakia and for also providing me with some important information about many of the Poprad-Tatry '02 and Poprad-Tatry '06 bid pins. Thank you all very much.
National Olympic Committee or NOC pins were not really seen at the Olympic Games until 1908 in London. In fact, there were very few of them at that time, and they were generally exchanged only between athletes from different countries. This was pretty much the case until the 1960s and 1970s when their numbers greatly increased.
At the 1980 Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, NOC pins were finally discovered by "the masses". Main Street was turned into a pedestrian mall and spectators to those Games freely mingled and traded with athletes, officials, members of the press, and anyone else who was fortunate enough to possess these little treasures. It was there that I tentatively purchased my very first NOC pin from Thailand for $8 and my life has never been the same since!
During the rest of the 1980s, NOC pins became extremely popular with the collecting public. In fact, knowledgeable and resourceful collectors besieged NOC offices around the world with letters requesting pins, and were often able to acquire them in this way at little or no cost.
Today, NOC pins have become a major source of revenue for many National Olympic Committees. As a result, they have also become "big business" and are now produced in much greater quantities for the benefit of the collecting public. In fact, at the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, a few NOCs had as many as 10 to 20 different pins which made trying to collect all of them a rather formidable task. Apparently, this trend will continue in Sydney and beyond. My fear is that the commercialization and proliferation of NOC pins may ultimately discourage many people from continuing to collect them, and if this, in fact, happens, it would be a real shame, indeed.
As you peruse my sales lists, you'll occasionally see the words "On Hold" in the "Add to List" column. This simply means that a sale may be pending, so I'm not able to sell the item in question at the present time.
Since my reasons for creating OLYMPIAN ARTIFACTS were to create both a series of sales lists and ongoing reference guides, you'll often see items listed which are followed by an "N/A". This stands for "Not Available" and indicates that these items have been sold or traded for something else. Rather than simply deleting such items, I feel that they and the "pop-up" images that may be provided for them serve an informative function and that's why I've chosen to retain them on my website. It's also why I like to characterize OLYMPIAN ARTIFACTS as "your online source and resource for the finest in Olympic Memorabilia".
In certain cases on several of my sales lists, I felt it was necessary to show a particular item's obverse (front) and reverse (back). This was accomplished with the use of a "View Reverse" link which is located inside the item's "pop-up" window and below its description. Clicking on the "View Reverse" link will close the first "pop-up" window and open another one in its place which reveals the image's reverse (back). At the bottom of this new window and, again, below the item's description, clicking on the "View Front" link will return you to the previous image.
OFFERS TO SELL OR TRADE
Whether it's for my collection or for my sales inventory, I'm always looking for new material, and I encourage your offers. However, please keep in mind the following exclusions and conditions. First, kindly refrain from offering me Olympic numismatistic (coin) and philatelic (stamp) items as I have little expertise or interest in these areas. And second, to my many Olympic pin-collecting friends, please restrict your offers to BID pins, NOC pins, participants' pins (and badges), and souvenir or commemorative pins prior to 1980. Your cooperation is most appreciated.
I stand behind everything I sell, but if you're dissatisfied with anything, you may return it for a refund or credit against future orders. The item in question must be sent back to me within 7 days of receipt, and must still be in its original package (where applicable) or in the same condition as when it was shipped.
Please be advised that refunds will exclude postage, and will be subject to a 3% processing fee (for credit card purchases only), and a 10% re-stocking charge. The re-stocking charge is my compensation for having to take the time to put items back on my website, and is meant to discourage frivolous returns. I try to describe everything with enough precision and detail so that you're well informed about what you're purchasing. In other words, I'm acting in good faith, and I expect you to do the same.
With 1994 Olympic speedskating gold medalist, Dan Jansen (USA), at Rich's Department Store in Atlanta to celebrate the introduction of a special Swatch Watch collection on 19 July 1995.
Before I close, I want to thank one more very special person. Kyle Whelliston (Philadelphia, PA) designed this site, and gave me everything I asked for -- and more. He's an extremely gifted and talented young man, and a real web "master" in every sense of the word. I believe his graphic and technical expertise is rivalled by very few, but I'll let you make that determination. Our shared passion for Olympic history and collecting Olympic Memorabilia brought us together on this project, and formed the foundation for our collaboration and friendship. May both continue for many years to come.
Here's hoping you enjoy OLYMPIAN ARTIFACTS and come back often!
©1998-2017 Craig R. Perlow
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