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  • Michael Phelps Olympic Memorabilia

    Posted on February 9, 2012 by Selby


    Michael Phelps Olympic Memorabilia

    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

     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.

    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



    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 will be even more popular later this summer I wish him every 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.

    This post was posted in Athletics memorabilia, Olympics Memorabilia and was tagged with olympics memorabilia, sharron davies swimming memorabilia, Mark Spitz Olympics Memorabilia, Sharron Davies Olympics Memorabilia, Michael Phelps Olympic Memorabilia, olympic collectables, olympic games memorabilia

  • Mark Spitz Olympics Memorabilia

    Posted on December 29, 2011 by Selby


    Mark Spitz Olympics Memorabilia
    Olympics swimming memorabilia featuring Relay, Backstroke, freestyle and Marathon are all high on the agenda of the avid collector. Mark Spitz is renowned as arguably the greatest Olympics swimmer in history and collectables from his outstanding achievements are always in demand.
    A brief history
    Swimming competitions have been recorded in England as far back as the beginning of the 19th century when events were overseen by the National Swimming Society. Six swimming pools with diving boards are recorded as in use in London in 1937, the increasing popularity of swimming events led to the formation of the Amateur Swimming Association in 1880.
    In 1894 IOC (international Olympic committee) was formed with the brief to organise the first Olympic games of the modern era, the ancient Panathenaic Stadium in Athens was selected as the venue and the games took place at the stadium in 1896, Cycling, Gymnastics, Tennis, Shooting, Athletics, Weight lifting, Wresting, Track and Field events along with four Swimming Contests were programmed among the events. (100m freestyle,1200m, 500m and a special 100m event for seafarers).
    Olympics Swimming Memorabilia originating from these early events is very rare and attracts a lot of attention most of the still existing examples are on display at the International Swimming Hall of Fame Museum and Aquatic Complex (ISHOF) in Fort Lauderdale.
    Mark Spitz(b 1950)
    The legendary retired American swimmer Mark Spitz was brought up in Modesto California, it was whilst living with his family in Sacramento that he began to compete at his local swimming club soon began training at the Arden Hills Swimming Club under the watchful eye of Sherm Chavoor (who later coached Debbie Meyer – Reyes and Mike Burton) . By the age of 10 Mark held seventeen national age records in every stroke and at every distance and one world record.
    At 14 his family moved to Santa Clara and he began training with George F Haines at Santa Clara swimming club, over a four year period he held the National High School Swimming record in all classes.
    At 15 Mark took part in the 1965 Maccabiah Games in the Yad Eliyahu stadium in Tel Aviv where he was nominated the outstanding athlete winning four gold medals in his first international event, it was the beginning of a long list of triumphs, between 1965 and 1972, Spitz won nine Olympic gold medals.
    Mark is forever remembered for his outstanding performance in the Munich Olympics in 1972 where he won seven gold medals each of the medals achieved whilst setting a World record. An event marred by political unrest and tragedy in the Munich Olympic Village.
    Mark went on after his retirement to have a successful career in both business and as a highly regarded motivational speaker. He sets an excellent example for young up and coming athletes.
    He has written an excellent biography “The extraordinary life of an Olympic Champion “which gives a unique insight into his many achievements.
    My cousin Michael Read represented GB as an Olympic Swimmer in Rome in 1960, he went on to pursue his interest in Channel swimming and became “King of the Channel” completing 31 channel crossings 1979 – 2000. Michael held numerous World records and Honours for his many Cross Channel achievements.
    Michael was inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 1978 and has been made an honorary citizen of both Nikiti in Greece and Dervio in Italy. In February 2009 he was awarded the International Swimming Hall of Fame David’s /Wheeler Memorial Award which recognises contributors to the administration of open water swimming worldwide.
    Mark SPITZ: For the record
    At the 1972 Munich Olympics Mark Spitz set four individual World records: 100-Meter (51.22), 200-Meter Freestyle (1:52.78), 100-Meter (54.27), and 200-Meter Butterfly (2:00.70). He also participated in three relay event World records: 4 x 100 Freestyle (3:26.42), 4 x 200 Freestyle (7:35.78), and 4 x 100 Medley (3:48.16). He swam the third leg of the 200 Freestyle and 100 Medley, and the last leg of the 100 Freestyle.
    Olympics swimming Memorabilia
    Collectables which I currently own include: Adrian Moorehouse, Duncan Goodhew, Johnny Weismuller Sharron Davies and Mark Spitz
    Collectables which are sought after include signed and framed presentations, signed photo presentations, autographed programmes, event tickets, signed swimming apparel, swimming caps, Medals, trophies, first day covers, autographs, early sepia press photographs, signed sports periodicals and any authenticated associations with a legendary swimmer or memorable event.
    Authentic Swimming Memorabilia of interest to me at present includes:
    Mathew Biondi 1988 Seoul
    Michael Phelps Sidney 2000, Athens 2004
    Shane Gould Munich 1972
    Kristin Otto Seoul 1988
    Ferenc Csik Berlin 1936
    Michael Wenden Mexico 1968
    Mark Spitz Munich 1972

    I have recently written a popular article "Rare autographs real or fake"I would strongly advise any readers intending to purchase sports memorabilia on line to take a look at it.
    Written by Tony Selby
    Olympic Swimming Memorabilia

    This post was posted in Athletics memorabilia, Olympics Memorabilia and was tagged with Mark Spitz Olympics Memorabilia, olympic swimming memorabilia

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