Since the revival of the Olympic Games in 1896, the Olympics have grown to be among the most anticipated and watched events of any type in world. Today, almost 200 nations send
athletes to participate in the Games and over a billion people watch on television. Just as the Olympics have grown, so has the collecting of Olympic memorabilia. Quite possibly the most international and fastest growing of sports hobbies, the exciting world of Olympic memorabilia includes pins, badges, medals, torches, posters, tickets, programs, books, souvenir items, and so much more. Included here are items from the first modern Olympic Games held in Athens, Greece, in 1896, through the games of 2000. Both Summer and Winter Olympic memorabilia is covered. With over 500 color photographs and an up-to-date price guide, this is the most complete Olympic memorabilia book available anywhere in the world. The perfect guide for any level of collector. About the Author: Jonathan Becker began his fascination with Olympic memorabilia as a teenager when he attended the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. A photographer, broadcaster, and author, he lives in Connecticut. Greg Gallacher lives in New York state. His fascination with the Olympics began as a child. He now has an extensive collection of Olympic memorabilia.
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