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Cover JSP Spring 2018Spring 2019 Journal of Sports Philately is now online. 3/1/2019 -- While Super Bowl LIII may be just a pleasant memory – especially if you’re a New England Patriots fan! – we are reminded by Norman Rushefsky that American football was first played as a college sport. College football’s early years include the likes of All-American, Jim Thorpe, and Notre Dame coach Knute Rockne. The 1998 Commonwealth Games remain the only edition hosted in Southeast Asia. Lik Lim reviews the extensive postal material generated by those games in the first of a multi-part series. Norman Jacobs updates readers on new Rattlesnake Island tennis “finds” as a follow up to his article on the subject in the Winter 2018 issue. As always, there is an entertaining golf article from Pat Loehr, this time focusing on golf stamps with flower motifs. Kwok-Yiu Kwan, our man in Hong Kong, updates us on the philately of the 2022 Beijing Olympic Winter Games, and Norman Rushefsky looks back at baseball at the 1900 Paris Olympic Games. Manfred Bergman offers some thought-provoking opinions on how the philatelic community should be addressing the issue of counterfeits and forgeries, and suggesting that AICO should be leading the way. Last, but not least, we have three book reviews to bulk up your Olympic library.

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Warsaw 2019 logoWARSAW 2019 Announcement. 1/31/2019 -- The Organizing Committee of the 25th WOCF has the great pleasure to announce that the Warsaw 2019 website is now open at warsaw2019.org.
In addition to details on registering for tables and events, the website includes the Fair program, information on hotels, and opportunities for tourism in and around Warsaw.

Deadline for Table & Event Registration: 15 March 2019!

The Olympic Fair will be held in Warsaw, Poland from 24-26 May 2019 at the Olympic Centre of the Polish Olympic Committee.
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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