Today: Last Update:

  • Brief Notes: Collectors' Specials, Fair Play Trophy, Rugby Faux Pas



    Lillehammer Collectors Readied for International Winter Event

    Olympic pin and memorabilia collectors will be able to buy, sell and trade next month in one of the most distinctive venues of the 1994 Lillehammer Games. The 8th International Winter Olympics Collectors' Fair will be held Oct. 26-28 in Hamar Olympic Hall, Vikingskipet, which hosted the 1994 speeedskating events.

    The Oslo Pin Club is hosting the event, which will be held in conjunction with the annual Used and Antiques Fair for Collectors and in cooperation with the International Olympic Philately Federation.

    The first day of the collectors' fair will be an internal market while the final two days will be open to the public.

    "We expect a full 34 tables this autumn," Gunnar Roland, president of the Oslo Pin Club, tells Around the Rings.

    "About 5,000 visitors are expected each day to the antique fair and our fair."

    Roland estimates there are about 200 collectors in Norway. The Oslo Pin Club has about 130 members from 11 countries while other collectors belong to Drammen Pin Klubb and Trondheim Pin Club.

    Besides pins, collectors may be able to find torches, flags, streamers, banners, stamps, coins, postcards, books, medals, mugs and other items bearing the Olympic rings.

    Limited pins made for the Fair will be on sale.

    Bidding Open in September Olympic Auction

    Olympic memorabilia dealer Ingrid O’Neil has released the catalog for her September 2007 auction.

    Auction 54 features 780 lots including torches, winner’s medals, ancient Greek coins, tickets, programs

    The rarest lot features Victory holding laurel branches. (Ingrid O'Neil)  
    and more.

    The priciest item is an official torch from the 7th Olympic Winter Games held in Cortina D’Ampezzo, appraised at $32,500.

    An original watercolor painting of the 1924 Paris Olympic Games diploma by Bernard Naudin is the rarest item says O'Neil. The lot will start at $16,000.

    Collectors may bid by phone, fax, mail or e-mail through September 22. The catalog is available at the Ingrid O’Neil website.

    IOC Slams IRB Media Rules


    Italian Bruno Grandi won a Fair Play award in 2004 as well, in part for his stand against over-intensive training for young gymnasts. (Getty Images)  
    Media Commission Chairman for the IOC has blasted the International Rugby Board for its efforts to limit use of images from the Rugby World Cup.

    Several media organizations had threatened to boycott coverage of the RWC if the limitations weren’t lifted. Hours before kickoff of the opening game a compromise was reached.

    Kevan Gosper of Australia said that “is not the way to behave if you want to be an Olympic sport”. The IRB has been campaigning to add rugby to the Olympic program for years.

    Gosper added “for the IRB to put these constraints on the agencies is absolutely wrong. I want to make it clear that we are not compliant or complicit in the IRB's moves. We will keep the status quo at the Olympics… I have never seen this sort of move by a sport in my 20 years on the IOC”.

    FIG President Receives Fair Play Trophy

    Bruno Grandi, president of the International Gymnastics Federation, received the International Fair Play Trophy for his commitment and conduct in sports. The award was presented at the end of the 2007 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. Grandi, who has served as president of FIG since 1996, was honored for his work in developing projects in the fields of physical education, health, development and sport justice.

    The trophy is one of the highest awards given annually by the International Fair Play Committee, a partner organization of the IOC.

    Your best source of news about the Olympics is, for subscribers only.