At every Olympics, away from the hordes of cheering spectators and the athletes competing for medals, pin enthusiasts lay out dozens of badges on corkboards or soft cloth in hopes of making a trade. But with overseas spectators banned and delegations asked to stay in a safe coronavirus “bubble”, Tokyo 2020 will be different.
Here are samples of 2020 Pins being traded around the world.
- Olympic pin trading is as much a part of the Olympics as the sports themselves.
- Olympic pins date back to the first Summer Games in Athens in 1896.
- Everyone from athletes to spectators to journalists all take part in the pin trading tradition.
- Knowledgeable pin traders said the most coveted pin from the London 2012 Olympics was one that featured a tiny Pikachu.
The pins, about the size of a coin, are these days mostly produced by media and sponsors and given to their staff. The rarest can fetch hundreds of dollars on auction websites.
Here are some sets that are part of our family’s collection. I snuck in a World Series set just happen to have Boston pin.