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  • Takashi Ono Olympic Memorabilia

    Posted on February 29, 2012 by Selby





    Takashi Ono Olympic Memorabilia

    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.

    Takashi was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 1998.

    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:

    Helsinki 1952: Vault 1 Bronze.

    Melbourne 1956: Horizontal bar 1 Gold: All round, Horse, team 3 silver: Bars 1 Bronze.

    Rome 1960 Horizontal bar, Vault and Team 3 Gold: All round 1 Silver: Bars, Rings 2 Bronze.

    Tokyo 1964 Team, 1 Gold.

    Collectables are in demand from the World Championships events:

    1954 Rome.

    1958 Moscow.

    1962 Prague.

    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.

    Tony Selby

    Sports Memorabilia


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  • Larisa Latynina Olympic Memorabilia

    Posted on February 14, 2012 by Selby

     



    Larisa Latynina Olympic Memorabilia

    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.

    Finally in the 1966 World Championship she was awarded 1 Silver Medal.

    Latyninas list of awarded Medals:

    Olympic Games Medals:           Gold 9, Silver 5, Bronze 4

    World Championship:             Gold 9, Silver 5, Bronze 4

    European Championship:       Gold 7, Silver 6, Bronze 1

    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

    In 1985 Latynina was inducted into the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame.

    In 1989 Latynina was honoured with the Olympic Order by the IOC.

    In 1998 Latynina was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

    Following her retirement from competition in 1966 Latynina became Coach to the next generation of Soviet Gymnasts, later becoming Director of Gymnastics for the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow
    Tony Selby
    Olympic Memorabilia

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


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  • Nadia Comaneci Olympic Memorabilia

    Posted on February 13, 2012 by Selby

     


    Nadia Comaneci Olympic Memorabilia

    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.

    Nadia was born in Romania in 1961, she showed early promise as a gymnast becoming the youngest person to win the Romanian National Junior Championship as a nine year old in 1970, the following year she won the Junior national all-around title in her first International Competition at Ljubljana, Yugoslavia. At 11 years of age she won all around Gold in the Junior Friendship Tournament at the Druzhba Palace of Sports, Ukraine.

    By the time Nadia entered the European Championships in 1975 at Skien Norway she was already regarded as a formidable opponent as shown in her astonishing results listed below:

    All round          Gold

    Uneven bars     Gold

    Balance beam   Gold

    Vault                  Gold

    Floor                 Silver

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    Not surprisingly she was named as the UPI female athlete of year in 1975/76.

    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

    Team                Silver

    Floor                 Bronze

    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.

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    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:

    1975 Skien Norway European Championships

    1976 Montreal Olympic Games

    1977 Prague European Championships

    1978 Strasbourg World Championships

    1979 Fort Worth World Championships

    1979 Copenhagen European Championships

    1980 Moscow Olympics

    1981 Bucharest Summer Universiade

    Popular Olympic Memorabilia includes Autographs, Signed Presentations, Caps, Medals, Trophies, Photographs, Signed sports Periodicals and Media, Event tickets and Olympic programmes.

    Good luck with your collecting

    Let me know how you get on???

    Tony Selby

    Olympic Memorabilia


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