Those of you that look at the London 2012 website blog will have noticed an article today about pin collecting.
Tom from LOCOG, wrote a piece on pins, pin collecting and a little of the history of the hobby. He also spoke abut some of the designs we may see in the near future.
A new partner pin from Atos Origin was spotted today. This is pin number two from Atos Origin and combines the company logo with a silver 2012 logo.
This pin comes on a card with an image of the Olympic Stadium
The Royal Mail Olympic Stamp pins arrived today, so here's an update.
As mentioned previously, each pin is presented with the matching stamp on a card. The stamp is held in a type of blister pack which exactly fits it, so the stamp does not move.
The card measures 8cm x 10cm and carries the London 2012 brand and logo. The top left of the card contains the name of the collection, the bottom left, the name of the sport and the bottom right the number of the pack in the series.
Here's a picture of the Coca Cola 500 day pin we mentioned a couple of days ago.
Seems like there are already a few on eBay. Some have sold for around £25/£30 and others are listed from £25 to £45 at the time of writing. We're trying to find out the issue size for this pin. Interestingly, this one does not have a London 2012 logo on it, but the back markings are consistent with the first pin.
In the last couple of days, 2 separate readers in 2 different countries have both sent us emails which they have received offering them London 2012 pins. These emails state they are offering official London pins but the emails did not come from Honav, the only official licensee who can maufacture retail pins.
The only sponsor pins that came to light today were BT and Coca-Cola.
The BT one follows the style of their 1000 days and 2 year pins
No picture of the Coca-Cola one yet, but it is described as having the Olympic rings, a GB flag, a Coca-Cola bottle and '500 Days to Go'. Update soon we hope.
So, it's 500 days to go, you've just applied for your tickets, and wait! Here's the opportunity for a pin...
A reader, Pippin, has said that when he made his ticket application, he got the chance to purchase a Ticketing pin.
No word on issue size but given the number of tickets that are available, we guess it's a big number!
Looks like Thomas Cook have released a pin. It is a silver base with the Thomas Cook logo sandwiched between a blue Games logo and the Paralympic logo. The pin is 55mm wide by 28mm tall.
The pins are for staff only and will not be available to the public.
Photo reproduced with permission.
A couple of days ago, there was a comment on our message board about being able to buy the 500 days to go pins in advance so that they could be worn on the day.
We're pleased to say that in direct response to that comment, we've been told that the sale date has been brought forward and the 500 days to go pins will be available for sale from 9am tomorrow morning - Saturday 12th March.
No, not a smaller version of another pin this time. But a pin of a Mini.
Thanks to a reader for sending us the details. This pin was issued on 1st March to workers at the Cowley plant just outside Oxford where BMW produce the Mini, The pin shows a cream coloured car with an orange logo and the wording 'official partner'.
No word on the issue size.
Is it us, or are pins like buses? You wait for ages then all the news comes at once!
Anyway, last one for today...
Along with the new London 2012 shop at Heathrow last week, a new pin was released.
This pin is exclusive to the London 2012 shop and at present only available in Heathrow, although we understand it will be moving into the other shops (St Pancras and Paddington) soon.
This is pin number 535 and is limited to 2,012 pieces.
Details about the 500 days to go pins are available today.
Four Pins will be available from next Tuesday - 15th March. Three of them use the irregular shape background, countdown number and date and complement previous countdown pins.