What is a pin?
A pin is a little metal object with a design on the front site and a fastener
on the backsite.
At what time did the history of pins start?
The history started in 1896 during the first olympic summer games in Athens.
During the opening cermony with over 80 000 spectators they could see
that the athlet`s / volunteers had a little metal label > pins on their
jacket. The label they use as a identification / pascheck to get in to
Why collect a pin?
To collect a pin is a very interesting hobby. As a collectible item it
give us pleasure, collective belonging, friendship across the national
boarders, cultures, skincolour.
Whom is the pin collector?
A true collector don`t need a lot of money, but respect and honest interest.
Why have the “little metal thing” been so popular?
The little “metal object” have been so popular and valuable
for the collector as the gold is for the medalwinner in a competition.
One of the reason could be that it is not always easy to get exactly the
pin You are searching. And when You finaly get it, it`s feels alike You
won a competition....It is a victory....
Why is it so easy to establish a connection across the diplomatic
service and politics for us pins collectors?
It is of course because we talking the same laguage > “ the pins
language” we have often the same wish and need to achieve a result
we both collectors will be happy with. > A pin swap owner, and we can
happy go home with the good feeling that we got a new pin in our collection.
When was the first olympic pins in regular sale?
In summer olympic in Amsterdam in 1928 was it possibility to buy a pin
It was made 6107 pcs official needles (pins), 9 different design. 5000
pcs of this was given to the athlets.
When was the first IOC (International Olympic Committee) pins
To winter olympics in Lake Placid in USA in 1932.
Who collect pins, and why?
All people collect pins, in all social class. It engage old people, young
The true value in pins are in the inter-human. No one who not have given
away or traded a pin can understand which joy this little metal object
Is pins a communication factor?
A pin gives owner a identity other people can have a relation to with
a fast look at the jacket.
Through this a conversation often start and new contacts and friendship.
Is there a value on the pins and what deceid that?
There are many elements who is involved.
Pins from National Olympic Committes and media (newspaper, TV-station,
magazine) is often very popular from a collectors point of view.
Ordinary people who just want som souvenir pins as a memory, often buy
mascott or logo pins. The design of a pin and the edition is often importen.
A pin with low edition is difficult to get, and few of it in the market,
that results in increase value.
A special design on a pin can also be very valuale. If people like the
pin, and especially if the pin is in medias “serach light”
it can be very high value.
Is there any fake pins out there?
It is always a risk that some can try to copy a popular pins. But there
are control numbers and hollograms on the package so You can check if
it is a autentic and officiall product. Also on the backsite of the pin
is there elements who can confirm it.
There are copyrights on all the olympic products, so they are very good
If You have suspicion about there can be a fake pin, report it at once
to Your friends, too the club so we can get it away from the market, and
report the person who had it.
What pins shall I collect?
There are many different area to collect pins to.
We can start with the olympic pins, who are the most usual to collect:
Media pins (Television, newspapers, magazine, radiostations).
NOC (national olympic committee) dated and undated.
Sponsor pins (example Coca Cola, Budweiser, Samsung).
Flagg pins (different flag pins from the country who participiat).
Logo pins (with the official symbol of the olympic games).
Olympic bid candidat pins (national and international bid candidate cities).
None olympic pins:
Hard Rock Cafe pins
Coca Cola pins
Shall I join a pin club? And what advantage will I get?
To join a club is to recommend.
You will meet like-minded. You can get first information about new pins
released. (so You have possibility to get the pins before they are out
It is very social. You can trade & buy and sell pins.
Often they have competition so You can win pins.
You got member magazine.
You got member pins every year.
You can get special discount on products.