Carrying A Torch For Olympic Gear

When it comes to the Summer Olympics, not everyone is monitoring swimmers’ times and cyclers’ speeds—or even China’s air quality and human-rights record. Some are keenly scanning the landscape for items they can add to their Olympic memorabilia collections. When Olympic fever hits, interest in collectibles surges, and older items start recirculating. “We got a call from a family member in Michigan, and she had his medals, uniform, and an incredible collection of his personal memorabilia,” says Doug Allen of Chicago’s Mastro Auctions. Click here for full story on Conde Nast Portfolio.