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Cover JSP Summer 2019Spring 2020 Journal of Sports Philately is now online. 3/15/2019 -- In this issue's cover story, Mark Maestrone discusses the life of Joaquin Blume, Spain's best gymnast in the 1950s, who felt the impact of politics on sports more than once during his career while at the same time helping Spain return to the international sports scene. Norman Rushefsky continues with Part 2 of his saga on Hank Aaron's journey to 715 career home runs, breaking Babe Ruth's longtime record, and the effect on Aaron's life. Canada is famous for ice hockey, making idols out of its best players. Kon Sokolyk reports on a new Canadian stamp honoring a group of ice hockey players that most have never heard of -- the All-Black hockey teams of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Join Norm Jacobs as he takes us on a journey of discovery sparked by a single cover addressed to one of the greatest names in Czech sports: Josef Roessler-Orovsky. Manfred Bergman explains how he once won 4 bottles of Champagne from IOC President Samaranch (you'll have to read the article to find out what their bet was about!). If you're getting ready for watching on TV (or attending) this year's Tokyo Olympic Games, you'll want to acquaint yourself with one of the three new youth-oriented sports: sports climbing. Mark Maestrone explains the ins and outs of this surprisingly entertaining sport! And finally, Patricia Loehr tells us all about "Teeing Off on Illustrated Mail."

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Japan postal card for 2020 Tokyo OlympicsNew 2020 Olympic Games postal stationery to be issued by host country, Japan 3/15/2020 -- An old-fashioned street scene in Japan is decorated with Tokyo 2020 Games emblems and high tech images of cell phones and drones on the newest postal stationery card from Japan Post to be issued on 1 April.
2020 WOCF Artena splash2020 World Olympic Collectors' Fair, Artena, Italy 2/20/2020 -- The 2020 WOCF website is now live at www.artena2020.com. Registration is now open for tables at the Fair as well as for accommodations. Details on transportation and special events is also available including a bus tour to Rome to view the Olympic stadium and other venues for the 1960 Rome Olympics.

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