Traditional sports memorabilia dealers have nothing on Olympic specialists, who aggressively pursue vintage goods–and even the clothes right off the athletes’ backs.
It may be an honor to compete for you country, but in most cases you won’t get rich. In fact, some athletes are on such limited budgets, they sell their Olympic memorabilia right after they’e through competing.
While modern Olympic specialists sometimes set up shop right on the grounds of the games, others seek out vintage basketball uniforms from gold-medal winning performances, Olympic torches or medals–all of which can fetch a pretty penny.
Portfolio takes a look at some of the historic pieces and find out what obstacles stand in the way of those in hot pursuit of items relating to the worldwide pinnacle of athletic competition.