page 1
page 2
page 3
page 4
page 5
page 6
page 7
page 8
page 9
page 10
page 11
page 12
page 13
page 14
page 15
page 16
page 17
page 18
page 19
page 20
page 21
page 22
page 23
page 24
page 25
page 26
page 27
page 28
page 29
page 30
page 31
page 32
page 33
page 34
page 35
page 36
page 37
page 38
page 39
page 40
page 41
page 42
page 43
page 44
page 45
page 46
page 47
page 48
page 49
page 50
page 51
page 52
page 53
page 54
page 55
page 56
page 57
page 58
page 59
page 60
page 61
page 62
page 63
page 64
page 65
page 66
page 67
page 68
page 69
page 70
page 71
page 72
page 73
page 74
page 75
page 76
page 77
page 78
page 79
page 80
page 81
page 82
page 83
page 84

It wasn't just the Olympic flame that got handed over in Athens in May this year - the Greek capital also played host to the 18th World Olympic Collectors Fair.The world's largest Olympic memorabilia show originally took place at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne in 1994. Since then it has been held around the world, from Rio de Janeiro to Beijing, to the 17th host city, Chicago. This year over 100 official participants flocked to the event, which was hosted by the IOC and Hellenic Olympic Committee (HOC).Open to the public as well as collectors and dealers, this was the place to buy, sell, trade or even simply admire stamps, coins, pins, mascots, torches - and almost every other form of Olympic memorabilia imaginable. And, with the start of the London 2012 Games little more than two months away, collectibles from 1908 naturally got special attention.Alongside the Fair this year was an Olympic Memorabilia Exhibition, charting Greece's relationship with the Olympic Games from 1894 to the present day, and a temporary Hellenic Post office. Fittingly, all were located in the Zappeion, the first known building to be constructed purely for Olympic use. Official participants were also lucky enough to be invited to the flame ceremony in Olympia. The 19th Olympic Fair, to be hosted in April 2013, will be held in Norway.18TH WORLD OLYMPIC COLLECTORS FAIRthe Juan Antonio Samaranch Medal for Olympic Collecting was awarded for the first time. The inaugural medals highlighted excellence in collecting stamps, coins, pins, and other memorabilia. But what will the winners of future medals be recognised for? One of the key principles behind Olympex 2012 is the hope of inspiring future generations. "Millions of tweets and emails will have been sent during London 2012 and will get lost," says Bob Wilcock, stamp collector and Vice-President of the Society of Olympic Collectors. "But some are wonderful. And if you can save them then that's history." ?Near Right Pin trading is now an integral feature of any Olympic Games Far Right Business was brisk at the 18th World Olympic Collectors Fair, held in Athens in May 201262 OLYMPIC REVIEW OLYMPIC COLLECTIONS