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Warsaw 2019 logoWARSAW 2019 Announcement. 11/6/2018 -- WARSAW 2019 has announced the dates and location of the 25th World Olympic Collectors' Fair. Organized by the Polish Olympic Committee, the fair will be held at their headquarters building in Warsaw, Poland from 24-26 May 2019. To automatically receive future information on the Fair, please complete a short Pre-Registration form.

Cover JSP Spring 2018Fall 2018 Journal of Sports Philately is now online. 9/17/2018 -- Tropical summer weather making you feel a little hot under the collar? Cool down with Thomas Lippert as he takes us on a philatelic tour of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in chilly PyeongChang, South Korea. While the number of host country stamp issues were few and the special Olympic postmarks limited to just one generic design, there was plenty of philately to interest even the most avid collector. Always exploring new byways of America’s favorite summer sport, Norman Rushefsky features baseball philately used as a metaphor for safety. Through the misty corridors of time, tennis collector Norman Jacobs presents a very unusual article about the WWII-era “Battle of the Tennis Court.” This clash of British and Japanese troops in and around Kohima, India in 1944, proved to be a pivotal moment for the Allies in Asia. Cinderellas – a more fanciful term for labels – are colorful additions to any collection, as golf writer, Patricia Loehr points out. Wrapping up this issue, basketball collectors who appreciate the unusual will enjoy Luciano Calenda’s “Basketball Varieties and Mysteries from Italy.”

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2018 World Olympic Collectors' Fair Gallery

Thanks to all the photographers who contributed to this gallery including Joe Lopreiato, Norm Jacobs, Wendy Wickstrom, and Mark Maestrone.

2018 Olympic Fair Attendees Statues Jack & Jill and the Olympic flame LA84 Foundation Norm Jacobs and a friend at the LA84 Reception LB Convention Center (l) and Queen Mary Nick Wolaver and Nippy Feldhake having some fun Conrad Klinkner negotiating with a customer Co-Chair, J. Becker, K. Rosen and A. Polsky D. Presburger and S. Marantz doing some pin trading Olympic Pavilion LA 1932 & 1984 philatelic exhibits Olympic posters Olympic winners medals Olympic torches Spirited bidding at the silent auction French contingent: K. Verjuin, JP. Picquot & S. Hatot USOC archivist Teri Hedgpeth US Olympic Museum CEO, C. Liedel, and T. Hedgpeth Olympian Dick Fosbury with his new book Terrezene Brown (1964) and Dick Fosbury (1968) Queen Mary: N. Jacobs, R. Babut and M. Maestrone Queen Mary: Gala Banquet in the Royal Salon Queen Mary: SPI members enjoying the banquet
Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Olympic Fair
(Click the image above to download a video of the Opening Ceremony)

The Opening Ceremony of the 24th World Olympic Collectors Fair on Thursday, 6 September 2018, was presided over by Fair Co-Chair, Jon Becker. On hand to cut the ceremonial ribbon were quadrupal-gold medal winning swimmer, John Naber, assisted by US Olympian, Dawn Harper Nelson (at left: gold and silver medalist in the 100-meter hurdles), and French NOC member, and basketball player, Kerline Verjuin (at right).
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