Tuesday, April 22, 2014

2014 Roger the Alien / Grateful Dead USA Hockey Pin

Here is an unofficial 2014 pin that you may not have seen before.  This pin depicts a Grateful Dead / Roger the Alien character from the television show American Dad adorned in hockey gear (wearing a "USA" hockey helmet no less) in front of the Sochi Winter Olympic symbol--it is quite the piece!  Most certainly not an "official" Olympic pin, but it sure is a conversation piece.  Oh, yes, the back does say "Minter Olympics XXII", not "Winter".  The value on this pin is $12.00 USD, but with only 100 made it might be difficult to track one down.  Good luck.

Friday, April 4, 2014

2014 Team USA Hockey Silhouette Pin

Here's another nicely made Honav pin for the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.  This pin was produced for Team USA and depicts the silhouette of a hockey player.  The pin has a value of $9.00 USD, and was available for direct purchase off of the Team USA website.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

2014 PricewaterhouseCoopers Hockey Pin

This hockey sponsor pin also comes from the 2014 Sochi Games, and was made for PWC (or PricewaterhouseCoopers), which is a multinational professional services firm headquartered in London, United Kingdom.  This pin has a value of $7.00 USD (but during the 2014 Games I did see it sell for over twice that amount).

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

2014 NOC German Olympic Hockey Team

This is a unique NOC team pin from the 2014 Winter Games held in Sochi, Russia.  The pin states "Deutscher Eishockey Bund" which translates to German Ice Hockey Team, and includes a pictogram of a hockey player in the center of the pin.  What makes this team pin unique among the dozens of different NOC hockey team pins that I have seen over the years is that it also includes pictograms of several other sport disciplines (ski jumping, speed skating, biathalon, downhill skiing, bobsled and figure skating).  The pin has a value of $20.00 USD, but during the Sochi Games it often sold for nearly twice that amount.

Monday, March 31, 2014

2002 Salt Lake Ice Hockey Pin

Here is a nice large pin from the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.  This pin is one of a series of pins depicting Winter Olympic sport disciplines with a mountain range in the background representing Utah's Wasatch Mountains.  There were 5000 of each of these sport discipline pins made, and each one is individually numbered.  This pin has a value of $10.00 USD.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

2014 General Electric Hockey Pin

This hockey "slider" pin was produced for Worldwide Olympic Partner, General Electric, for the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.  The pin includes the official Sochi hockey pictogram, which slides left and right across the bottom of the pin.  The pin has a value of $10.00 USD, though sold for nearly $20.00 USD early during the Sochi Games.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

2002 Men's Olympic Hockey Participating Nations

Like yesterday's Women's Hockey participating nations pin, this one from the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah depicts the flags of the fourteen nations that participated in the Men's Hockey tournament.  This pin can be a little more difficult to obtain than the Women's Hockey version, so I would probably increase the value to $12.00 USD.

Monday, March 24, 2014

2002 Women's Olympic Hockey Participating Nations

This large pin from the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah depicts a hockey player amidst the flags of the eight nations that participated in the Women's Hockey tournament.  The pin has a value of $10.00 USD.

Friday, March 21, 2014

2014 Coca-Cola Flame Hockey Pictogram Pin

From the photos I had seen of this pin I was not too impressed, but that was before I saw it in person.  This is a nicely made pin from Coca-Cola, which is just one of several hockey-themed pins that Coke produced for the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.  The value on this pin is around $9.00 USD, but during the height of the pin rush during the 2014 Olympics it sold for as much as $35.00 USD.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

1992 Russian Hockey Nations Pin

This is an "unofficial" pin, but those that have followed this blog for a while know that I like all Olympic hockey pins, official or not.  The pin depicts a hockey skater and bears the flags of some of the teams that participated in the 1992 Albertville Olympic hockey tournament: United States, Finland, Russia, Canada and Sweden.  The additional countries that competed, but whose flags are not shown, are Czechoslovakia, Germany, France, Norway, Switzerland, Poland and Italy.  I like the pin because the Russians, or actually the Unified Team, actually won the hockey gold medal in 1992.  The value of this pin is probably $5.00 USD, but because so many collectors do not bother with the non-cloisonné Russian pins you just might be able to get it for less.