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Michael Phelps Olympic Memorabilia

Posted on August 11, 2012 by Selby There have been 0 comments

Michael Phelps Olympic Memorabilia

What a tremendous performance by Michael Phelps!!

Reclaiming the lead with his trademark butterfly stroke, Phelps won the 18th gold of an unparalleled career when he helped the U.S. win the 4x100-M, medley relay last Saturday night

Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time. Twenty-two medals. Eighteen of those gold. He can now retire with twice as many golds as any other Olympian

During  London Olympics 2012  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 prolific 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

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 Olympicsin 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.

Swimming is something of a family event; Michael’s siblings are also Champion Swimmers.  His sister Hilary represented the University of Richmond whilst Whitney took part in the in the 1996 Olympic Swimming Trials.

Michael actively supports charities having set up his own Michael Phelps Foundation in 2008.


Michael Phelps Olympic Memorabilia would include the following Events

 Sydney Games 2000

 2001 World Aquatics Championship

2001 World Championship in Fukuoka

2003 World Championships Barcelona

2004 Athens Olympics

2004 World Championship Indianapolis

2005 World Championships Montreal

2007 World Championship Melbourne 

2008 US Olympic Swimming Trials Omaha

2008 Beijing Olympics National Aquatic Centre

2012 London Olympics 


Collectables which are sought after include:

Presentations and Montage (very popular for Olympic Events)

Event ticket and programmes and passes (must be official issue not reprint)

Swimwear caps and armbands (for the serious collector)

Signed Sports Illustrated (watch out for copy)

Signed first day issues (signature must be onto the issue not photographed)

Signed USA Swimming Caps (for the serious collector)


Signed Posters

Autographed Fans of the Game Cards

.Pins and Participation Medals

Swimming Memorabilia which I currently own includes:

Ian James Thorpe, Adrian Moorehouse, Duncan Goodhew, Johnny Weismuller Sharron Davies and Mark Spitz, Kristin Otto.
There are various events which I am looking to collect they include:

Water Polo team 1924 Paris Olympics

Michael Phelps Sidney 2000

Mark Phelps Athens 2004

Shane Gould Munich 1972

Kristin Otto Seoul 1988

Ferenc Csik Berlin 1936

Michael Wenden Mexico 1968

Mark Spitz Munich 1972

Michael Phelps Olympic Memorabilia is even more popular this summer congratulations on his success in the 2012 Olympic Games.

An article I have published on my Website is well worth the read for prospective Collectors Rare autographs real or fake, purchasing Signed Material from popular Internet auction sites is fraught with ambiguity, receiving the genuine article is not always the case, avoid disappointment.

Good luck with collecting
Written by Tony Selby

Olympic memorabilia.

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