5 Gold Medals – Japanese Champion Gymnast – Olympic Collectibles from 1956 Melbourne, 1960 Rome, 1964 Tokyo are scarce and sought by Collectors.
Takashi born in Noshiro Japan in 1931 is the holder of 5 Olympic Medals, 4 silver and 4 Bronze. His artistic Gymnastic achievements make Collectables from his historic events an important addition to any portfolio.
It is important when purchasing Gymnastic Memorabilia to select the more significant events which the Athlete competed in, a signed item is so much more collectable when directly connected to a significant event.
Photographic presentations, event worn attire, hand signed photos are just a few of the collectables currently available.
Events which are specifically collectable are listed below:
Associated Memorabilia from the World Championships, tickets, passes, badges, participation medals, handbooks, posters, competitor information, stamps and trade cards are all collectable and appreciating in value.
Always take care when purchasing Olympic Swimming Memorabilia online as there can be so many pitfalls and it is very much a case of buyer beware, I have written an article Rare autographs real or fake which should be of interest to the reader and may well save some money on your investment.
Now is a good time to start collecting, interest has never been greater with London Olympics later this year.
5 Olympic Gold Medals – 52 US National Championships -67 World Records, Tarzan Movie Actor, First to swim 100m Freestyle in under a minute.
Johnny Weissmuller Olympic Memorabilia is a must for any serious collector. A man of 2 careers Swimming Champion and Hollywood Movie star, making some 12 Tarzan films 1932 – 1948.
The London 2012 Games are coming round fast and the interest in Olympic Memorabilia is increasing daily, now is a good time to invest in Collectables not only associated with past Champions, but by predicting future Gold Medal winners and buying while the price is right, Collectables which are obtained while the Athlete is still relatively unknown can based on future success, it may be a great investment.
Johnny (1904 – 1984) US Freestyle swimmer and actor was born in Timisoara Hungary, brought up in Pennsylvania his family relocated to Chicago where Johnny as a youngster contracted polio, he fought the illness bravely by practicing a regime of strenuous exercises which paid off for him and he eventually recovered to become a teenage member of the Illinois Athletic Club where he was coached by William Bacharach who was spoken of at the time as the best swimming coach in America.
I have known so many instances of youngsters contracting polio to go on to become outstanding sportsmen and women; I feel it is the intense exercising carried out to recover from the illness that in the future gives them the strength, motivation and ability to train at the top level.
Johnny soon developed his own unique style which he put to good effect when he entered his first competitive swimming tournament the 1921 Amateur Athletic Union Outdoor Championship, winning the 50 yard and the 220 yard Freestyle. In 1922 Johnny broke the world record for the 150m backstroke and the 300m Freestyle, previously held by Duke Kahanamoku, a Hawaiian triple Gold Champion, 1912 Stockholm, 1920 Antwerp. The Duke ironically also, on retirement from swimming, successfully pursued an acting career.
2 Gold 1924 Paris 400m freestyle, 4 x 200m freestyle, Bronze team water polo
2 Gold 1928 Holland 100m freestyle, 4 x 200m freestyle
Movie collectable re prints from the 12 successful Tarzan productions are relatively prolific as is material from Metro Goldwyn Mayer, MGM and the Jungle Jim Columbia productions. What the collector really should be seeking is authentic original material as listed below:
Costumes, costume sketches, movie posters, props, wardrobe, scripts, postcards, theatre programmes, periodicals, magazines, original photos and stills, film company press books complete with images, credits, bio, plot info, original photos, autographs etc.
Olympic Swimming Memorabila.
Johnny Weissmuller authentic Collectables are rare and I would be interested in all items, though specifically from any of the following events:
1922, 100 yds. freestyle at the Alameda pool California,
1924 Paris Summer Olympics.
1927 the 51 sec 100 yd. freestyle record at the University of Michigan Union Pool.
1928 Netherlands Olympics.
Collectable items that would interest me include: Committee reports, commemorative plaques and medals, posters, badges, press admittance, booklet rules and regulations lapel pins and original photographs/autographs.
Collecting Olympic Memorabilia can be great fun and rewarding as either a hobby or small business
Tatyana Chernova Olympic Memorabilia which is linked to her stunning performances is becoming scarce as her popularity increases.
Tatyana is the currently the best Heptathlete in the world since she defeated Jessica Ennis to win Gold at the World Championships in Daegu on August 30 2011, Jessica put up a personal best in the 800m but unfortunately having fallen 7m short in the Javelin the distance required was too much to make up.
Tatyana born in 1988 in Krasnodar, Russia, at 6’2”tall she excels in the Javelin, throw, long jump and the 800m, Athletics runs in the family as her Father was a Decathlete and her Mother competed in the Relay team winning Gold in the 4x400m at the 1980 Moscow Olympics.
In 2007 Tatyana competed at her Senior International debut, the World Championships in Athletics held at the Nagai Stadium in Osaka, she suffered injury on the first day and retired. Carolina Kluft (Sweden) took Gold in the Heptathlon.
Bronze 2010 World Indoor Championships Quatar Pentathlon
There is currently so much anticipation about the forthcoming London Olympics. Tatyana Chernovo Olympic Memorabilia is sure to be at a premium, any of her previous events are in demand especially related to the Gold achieved in Daegu. Beijing 2006 and 2005 Morocco personally appeal to me as often memorable events early in an Athletes career are a serious collector’s preference.
Olympic Memorabilia currently available includes event tickets, signed presentations (so much more prevalent these days) montages, signed programmes and periodicals. If Tatyana wins Gold this summer these items are sure to feature high on the Collectors list.
Michael Phelps having achieved 9 Olympic Medals in individual events still holds the overall record.
Ray, who contracted Polio as a child fought the illness with continual leg strengthening, jumping exercises, which enabled him to walk again, it may well be this regime of exercise that helped him become a Champion Standing Jumper. Ray attended the prestigious Purdue University Lafayette, Indiana in 1890, he studied Mechanical Engineering whilst Captain of the Track team, becoming a member of the Sigma Nu Fratern society. It is significant to note that renowned USA sprinterWilma Rudolph Triple Gold Medallist at Rome in the 1960 Summer Games also overcame this debilitating ailment
In 1890 Ray 6’3” by now, led the school to a long awaited track title; competing in the State Championship later that year he achieved wins in the Standing Broad Jump and the Standing and Running High Jumps. On graduation from Purdue Ray relocated to New York City where he put his ME degree to good use carrying out various Civil Eng. Works.
In 1899 Ray joined the New York Athletic Club, where he was selected for the 1900 Paris Olympics, following incredible performances in the standing high jump, standing long jump and standing triple jump the awestruck French spectators christened him the “human frog”. Ray won all 3 standing jumps at the Games. He walked away the winner of 3 Gold Medals.
Incidentally Swimming events took place in the River Seine sometimes against the tide; Cricket was a listed event along with Croquet, Tug of War and Live Pigeon shooting.
Ray Ewry Olympic Memorabilia is rare and therefore sought after by collectors, 04,06,08 Olympic Games would be welcome additions as would London 1908, only occasionally are authentic items offered for sale at the popular Auction Houses Knights, Bonham’s, Leski for example.
Items that would be of interest include: Committee Reports, Tickets, Badges, Participation Medals/pins, Booklets, Rules and Regulations, Plaques, Pocket Watches, Autographs, Real Photo Postcards (printed pre 1924) and much more…….
The 1904 St Louis Olympic Games saw Ray repeat his Paris performance and take a further 3 Gold Medal plus a World Record in the standing long jump.
1906 he competed in the 10th Anniversary Athens Olympics winning 2 Gold Medals.
3 Gold 1900 Paris Olympic Games: Standing High Jump, Long Jump and Triple Jump.
3 Gold 1904 St Louis Olympic Games: Standing High Jump, Long Jump and Triple Jump.
2 Gold 1908 London Olympic Games: Standing High Jump, Long Jump.
2 Gold 1906 Athens, Standing High Jump, Long Jump.
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Collecting Olympic Memorabilia in all classes can be a great hobby or small business; I wish you luck with your collecting.
He won his first Major all-round title in 1994 at the Goodwill Games at the Kirov Stadium in St Petersburg, beating Aleksei Voropaev the World Champion Silver Medallist by 1.25 points, on this occasion he was awarded more Medals at the Championship than any other athlete 4 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze.
Over the next few years Nemov was plagued with recurring shoulder injuries and he did not appear to be able to consolidate his outstanding success of 1996, although he did earn Gold at the Lausanne World Championships and 2 more at Tianjin, he also won Gold in the 1998 European Championships at St Petersburg.
The best was to come at the 2000 Sydney Olympics where again he showed his earlier amazingly versatile talents and to the spectators delight won 6 Medals, Gold in the all-round and High bar, Silver floor, Bronze in the Team, Horse and Parallel bars, what a tremendous come back.
The following is a Tally of Alexei Nemov Olympic Medals:
2000 Sydney Gold (2) Silver (1) Bronze (3)
1996 Atlanta Gold (2) Silver (1) Bronze (3)
Alexei Nemov Olympic Memorabilia is sought after especially when it features his most memorable events, Collectables that particularly appeal to me are listed below:
Olympic Memorabilia which I tend to collect is usually Pre or soon after WW2, often this is not possible as modern competitors are becoming very popular, the modern tendency is towards Presentations, Montages, autographed photos, cards, posters, vests, caps, worn sportswear etc. I would include the following Collectable items:
Programmes, participation medals, ribbons and bars, press tickets, badges, stamp strips, badges and commemorative items, committee reports.
Nikolai Andrianov, 15 Olympic Medals, Russian Gymnast Champion, winner of 7 Gold, 5 Silver, 3 Bronze Medals, He is one of the most decorated Gymnasts of all time.
Nikolai Andrianov Olympic Memorabilia does feature from time to time at various Auction Houses, I currently have a fine Presentation from the 1980 Moscow Olympics his last games, along with hand signed photographs, autographs and 1st day signed covers.
To name but a few categories, popular collectables would include: original Sports cards, official signed caps, original pins, medals, trophies original programmes, event tickets, press passes, press photos, posters, rare proof coin sets and stamps, signed sports periodicals/media and apparel.
Nikolai Andrianov (1952 – 2011) was born in Vladimir USSR he began training at 11 years of age at the Burevestnik Sports Society, under the auspices of Soviet Nikolai Tolkachyon, his first success came when he was selected for the Soviet National Team at the European Championships in 1971, where as a last minute competitor he took the event by storm winning 6 medals.
Nikolai Andrianov made history as the male record holder of the most career medals in sport; he won a total of 15 Medals between 1972 – 1980. Added to this envious tally are the 12 Medals he holds for winning individual events. He is the only male gymnast to hold 3 medals achieved in the vault and to win 3 medals in the floor exercise.At the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich he achieved Gold in the Floor exercises, Silver in the Men’s Team all round competition and Bronze in the Vault.
, (Michael Phelps USA swimmer surpassed Andrianov’s 15 medals with an amazing tally of 16 in 2008).
The 1976 Olympics in Montreal saw Andrianov again in top form he achieved Gold in the Individual All Round, Floor Exercise, Vault and rings, 2 Silver and a Bronze. He was nominated Soviet Sportsman of the year.
Back on home territory for the 1980 Olympics he clocked up Gold in the Team All Round and Vault, Silver in the Individual All Around, Floor Exercises and a Bronze on the Horizontal Bar.
His Olympic Medal awards are listed below:
Munich 1972 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze
Montreal 1976 4 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze
Moscow 1980 2 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze (Andrianov took the Olympic oath on behalf of the participants of the Moscow 1980 Games)
Andrianov holds the record as the single Male Gymnast to hold 3 Medals (Vault) and 3 Medals (Floor Exercise)
During the course of his career 1969 -1980 he competed at numerous events, Olympic Memorabilia is available from most occasions, Olympics, European Championships, USSR Championships and World Cups. Specifically from my point of view the Munich, Montreal and Moscow Olympics are most collectable but there is some excellent Memorabilia from the World Championships and European events.
If items became available his wife Lyubov Memorabilia is worth considering it would sit well in any portfolio alongside Andrianov Collectables.
Latynina Russian record breaking Gymnast, 9 times Gold Medal winner, is probably the world’s most successful Athlete certainly she is the most decorated Olympian ever.
.Latynina born in Kherson Ukraine U.S.S.R. in 1934 is the only female to win 9 Olympic gold medals. Her overall tally is 18 medals which beats all other sports competitors. She holds 14 individual medals which is another first.
Latynina Olympic Memorabilia is popular with Collectors as there are so many memorable events associated with her career, her legendary achievements make her sought after by fans and Collectors alike.
Latynina’s first became interested in ballet but as her routine was intermingled with Gymnastics her talents soon became obvious and she was encouraged devote her attentions towards Gymnastic routines. It was whilst at Lenin Polytechnic that she began training at the BVSS, making her international debut in the Rome World Championships in 1954; off to a fine start she won Gold in the team competition.
Latynina began training at 12 and became a champion at 22 interestingly the 10 years of intense training is still around the same time put in by modern athletes, the difference being that now they start training earlier and achieve their ambition often in their teens.
The 1953 National Schools Gymnastics Championship was her first landmark, she took 14th place then came the 1956 Summer Olympic Games in Melbourne, as part of the Soviet Women’s Gymnastic team, Latynina won 6 medals, 4 Gold a silver and a Bronze plus 1 Gold for team competition.
It is to her credit to say that Latynina dominated female Gymnastics between 1956 -1964.
Interestingly the 1956 Summer Olympics were held at the height of the cold war so I would imagine that America and the USSR would both have had a keen political interest of one upmanship regarding training facilities and results. I don’t personally involve myself in the politics of these events but can certainly see how they could play out.
Latyninas evident talent was by now attracting a lot of Media attention and she was becoming something of a National Heroine in the Soviet Union, this was consolidated by her continued success in the 1957 European Championships where she won every event that she competed in, the following year she repeated her success with the exception of the Vault. Having missed the 1959 Events she rebounded in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome winning 6 more Medals, 3 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze. She shared the accolades on that occasion with Muhammad Ali who is another favourite with Memorabilia Collectors.
The 1961 European Championships again saw Latynina win Gold in Floor exercise, All Around and Silver on Uneven Bars and Balance Beam, she followed up in the 1962 World Championship with 3 Golds and 2 Silver and one Bronze. In 1964 at the Tokyo Olympic Games, she marked her final Olympic appearance in usual style with yet another amazing performance, 2 Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze, the following year in the 1965 European Championship she walked off with 4 Silver and 1 Bronze Medal.
Latynina Olympic Memorabilia is very collectable from all events in which she has competed, early Collectables are always popular, the 1953 National schools Gymnastics Championship would feature in this category. Presentations signed or otherwise are more in demand when associated with memorable occasions, the 1956 / 1960 /1964 Olympics would be particularly significant.
Typically Olympic Gymnastics Memorabilia would include signed apparel, signed presentations, photographs, autographs, event tickets, programmes, brochures and apparatus, signed periodicals and magazines, autographed fans of the game cards, Pins and participation Medals
Five Times Gold Medallist, Olympic Gymnast Sensation Nadia Comaneci is a favourite with Olympic Memorabilia Collectors.
Her outstanding performance in the Montreal 1976 Olympics, where she won 3 Gold Medals, 1 silver and a Bronze, secured her place in the history books. Four years later Nadia competed in the Moscow Games winning a further 2 Gold medals bringing her total to five Gold’s, three silver and one bronze. The 1976 Olympics is unique as the first Olympic Games to be held in Canada
Nadia Comaneci Olympic Memorabilia is relatively prevalent from her International successes yet it would be nice to see more collectables made available from her early competitions from 1969 – 75.
1976 - It was the Summer Olympics in Montreal where Nadia became the first gymnast ever to receive a perfect 10.00 score from the judges; this remarkable achievement was recorded on the uneven bars. Amazingly Nadia scored a total of seven perfect tens at the Event.
She was welcomed home to Romania as a National Hero, her picture appearing during the course of the same week on the cover page of Sport Illustrated, Time and Newsweek magazines bringing with it the celebrity that remains today.
Her tally on this occasion is listed below:
All round Gold
Uneven bars Gold
Balance beam Gold
Nadia Comaneci competed in the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games bringing her total up to 5 Gold Medals, 3 Silver Medals, 1 Bronze Medal.
Nadia official retirement ceremony in 1984 took place in Bucharest among the many dignitaries present was the Chairman of the International Olympic committee; Nadia went on to become a popular coach to the Romanian National Team, eventually leaving for the USA where she was granted citizenship in 2001.
Nadia remains closely involved with sport through her work with the Media; she was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 1996 in Oklahoma USA, and has twice been the recipient of the International Olympic Committee most prestigious award the Olympic Order, in 1984 and 2004. She is the youngest and only person to receive this honour twice.
In 2000 Nadia was nominated as an Athlete of the Century by the Laureus World Sport Academy, an enviable award administered by some of the greatest legends from sport. Laureus have great fundraising programmes and interactive projects that the public can join in, it is well worth following them on Facebook, to keep updated.
Track and Field Athletic Memorabilia is always sought after especially if associated with an legendary sportsman/woman, the unique value of the individual item will appreciate dependant on the event or memorable occasion from which it originated, i.e. a Signed Presentation depicting Nadia Comaneci Olympic Memorabilia from the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal may be more attractive to some collectors than the 1978 World Championships when Nadia despite winning the Beam title did not achieve the same level of success. Similarly the European All Title in 1977 is marked by the team controversially walking out in the finals; some collectors would pick up on this unique occurrence. Another example would be December, 1979; World Championships, Ft. Worth, when Nadia was recovering from illness and unable to demonstrate her usual prowess. What a recovery she made with her fantastic achievement in Moscow the following year.
Memorabilia other than the pre 1975 which I mentioned earlier that I am particularly interested in includes the following:
Olympic Collectables that I am interested in include the following events:
I have listed these events purely as a reference for collectors attending Auctions and purchasing on the internet, the fact is that all Jessica Ennis Memorabilia is highly collectable and obviously more emphasis must be put on events where prestigious Medals have been achieved or exceptional performances have taken place – which is just about always!!! Any exceptional events I have left out please accept my apologies.
As Olympics 2012 approaches we have noticed more and more requests for information about Olympic Memorabilia.
One of the most popular events is Swimming, Relay, Freestyle, Backstroke, and Marathon are all great viewing and many people now require a more permanent memory of the Games, an item of Michael Phelps Olympic Memorabilia,
Of great interest is the 9 times Gold Medallist Michael Phelps. By Olympic standards he is the most successful all round contestant ever, Swimming Memorabilia recognising his remarkable achievements are always sought after by Collectors and Fans alike.
A little history
Competition Swimming can be traced in England as having taken place in the early 1800s under the auspices of the National Swimming Council.
1894 saw the formation of the International Olympic Committee, a decision was made to include four swimming events 100m freestyle,1200m, 500m and a special 100m event for seafarers.
Olympic Swimming Memorabilia from these early days is very rare and therefore highly collectable I do not personally have any Collectables relating to this era. I would be delighted to hear from anyone who has items in their collection. Most of the original Memorabilia from these early events are housed at the International Swimming Hall of Fame Museum and Aquatic complex in Fort Lauderdale.
Michael Phelps was born in Maryland USA in 1985 he is the winner of 16 Olympic Medals - 6 Gold and 2 Bronze at Athens 2004 and 8 Gold whilst dominating the Beijing Olympics in 2008. He is the winner of the most Gold Medals achieved in a single year overtaking legendary Mark Spitz’s collection of 7 won at the 1972 Olympics in Munich. He has been named swimmer of the year 6 times and American swimmer of the year 8 times.
Competing in the 2008 Olympics at the Water Cube he won his Gold in the 100m /200m Butterfly: 4x100/4x200 freestyle relay: 4x100 Medley Relay. He achieved Silver in the 200m Freestyle.
Two years later in the Pan Pacific Championship: Gold in the 100mbutterfly, 200m butterfly, 4x100/ 4x200 freestyle relay and the 4x100 medley relay.
Bob Bowman the Olympic Champions Coach renowned for his strong opinions is an accomplished concert pianist with a degree in phycology, his analytical approach to coaching/mentoring assisted Michael in his unprecedented Olympic record of 8 Gold in a single year.
Bob legendary for his coaching abilities is regarded by many as the most successful coach ever. What a combination???
USA Swimming have appointed Bob as official coach for the 2012 Olympics in London which is sure to lead to more Gold more Records and more Memorabilia.
With the 2012 London Olympics starting in just 5 months, Bowman looks set to continue his success with Michael Phelps and other up and coming athletes.
Michael Phelps Olympic Memorabilia will be even more popular later this summer I wish him every success in the 2012 Olympic Games.
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