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Olympic pin trading, "largest spectator sport"

Tuesday, August 02, 2016 - 01:28

People gripped by pin trading ahead of the 2016 Games with journalists and volunteers making swaps outside the Olympic Park. Bob Mezan reports.

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The 2016 Rio Olympics haven't started yet, but a spectator 'sport' is already well under way: pin trading. Sports fans, journalists, and memorabilia enthusiasts have already gathered at the gates of the Olympic Park to take part in a collecting obsession that stretches back decades. Sidney Marantz has been trading pins since the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and says he has made thousands of trades over the last half century. SOUNDBITE: Sidney Marantz saying (English): "Well I've been to 16 Olympic Games and I've been trading pins at 15 of them; 1960 in Rome I was too young. I was there on a European holiday with my family but since 1976 in Montreal, then we went to '84 in Los Angeles, then I've been to every Summer Games since then and Winter Games since 1998 in Nagano. So this is my 16th Olympics and I've been trading in all but the first." The trade itself doesn't usually involve an exchange of money, except for extremely rare pins. But Marantz said he just enjoys taking part in a social element of the Games that has existed almost as long as the Games themselves. SOUNDBITE: Sidney Marantz saying (English): "Some people won't trade unless they get something they need or want; either to sell it or put it in their collection. I don't sell but I'm social. So I enjoy just the trading and meeting the people."

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Olympic pin trading, "largest spectator sport"

Tuesday, August 02, 2016 - 01:28