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Cover JSP Summer 2019Summer 2019 Journal of Sports Philately is now online. 6/4/2019 -- Deltiology, the study of postcards, is a time-honored tradition in sport and Olympic collecting, with its own special category of exhibiting. Our golf writer, Patricia Loehr, tees off with an article on French Lick, Indiana, site of a century-old resort complete with "devilish" mineral waters and multiple championship level golf courses as told through post cards. From Lik Lim in Malaysia, we have Part 2 of his philatelic study on the 1998 Commonwealth Games. Boxing fans will enjoy reminiscing about the famous "Fight of the Century" between Jack Dempsey and Jess Willard on the Fourth of July 1919. And if that isn't sufficiently exciting, how about exploding Olympic torches! Believe it or not, there were 5 different torches designed for the 1968 Mexico City Olympic torch relay precisely because at least one of the designs had an occasional tendency to explode in the torch runner's hand. Ever wonder where Pierre de Coubertin, the Father of the Modern Olympic Games came up with the idea of the five interconnected rings as a symbol of the Games? French journalist, Serge Laget, muses over exactly this question. Manfred Bergman cautions collectors that "all that glitters is not gold" in his analysis of 1913 Berlin Olympic Stadion postmarks. Baseball at the 1901 Pan-American Exposition at Buffalo is reviewed by Norman Rushefsky. Newsworthy updates on the recent set of sport stamps issued by the French post office; a new Canadian baseball stamp honoring Vancouver's famous Ashahi team; and our Hungarian sister society, MOSFIT's, 25th anniversary, conclude this issue.

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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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