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  • Ray Ewry Olympic Memorabilia

    Posted on February 22, 2012 by Selby

     



    Ray Ewry Olympic Memorabilia

    “The Human Frog” 8 Times Olympic Gold Medallist, arguably the most successful Olympian ever – the Master of Standing Jumps.

    Ray Ewry (1873 – 1937) born in Indiana USA. Ray was a Track and Field Athlete who won 10 Gold Medals, 8 at the Olympic Games and 2 at the Intercalated Games in 1906 in Athens. Ray Ewry Olympic Memorabilia is sought after on both sides of the Atlantic and is regarded as a prized asset in any portfolio.

    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.

    In 1908 at the Olympiad London Ray won a further 2 Gold Medals.

    Following his 1908 triumphs Ray returned to New York and in his unassuming way put his ME capabilities to good use on a number of Civil Engineering projects.

    Ray was honoured by the following institutions:

    Elected to the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1973.

    Elected to the US Olympic Hall of Fame 1983.

    His Olympic Achievements are listed below:

    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.

    Intercalated Games

    2 Gold 1906 Athens, Standing High Jump, Long Jump.

    I recently wrote an article called “Rare Autographs Real or Fake” I would strongly recommend prospective on line purchasers read this, as it may help you avoid the many pitfalls encountered when purchasing Memorabilia.

    Collecting Olympic Memorabilia in all classes can be a great hobby or small business; I wish you luck with your collecting.

    Let me know how you get on?

    Tony Selby

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  • Nikolai Andrianov Olympic Memorabilia

    Posted on February 15, 2012 by Selby


    Nikolai Andrianov Olympic Memorabilia

    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 married a fellow Russian athlete in 1973, his wife Lyubov is the holder of 2 Team Gold medals won at the Olympic Games Mexico city 1968 and Munich in 1972, also winning Gold in 1970 World Championships in Ljubljana.

    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.

    Retiring after the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games Andrianov was appointed Coach to the Soviet National Junior team he became President of the Russian Gymnastics Federation eventually relocating to coach in Japan.

    Andrianov sadly died at the age of 58 in 2011 in his hometown Vladimir. He will be remembered for his charity involvement and work with youngsters both in the Soviet Union and Japan.

    His legacy will be seen to continue with the many successes of those that he coached.

    Tony Selby

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