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Q: I own an original official Winter Olympics poster from the 1972 games in Sapporo, Japan. It’s still in the heavy cardboard tube sent to me from Japan, so it’s in pristine condition. What is it worth?

A: There are collectors who specialize in Olympic memorabilia. Official posters for the Olympics have been commissioned since the 1912 Games in Stockholm, Sweden. The official 1972 poster for the XI Winter Games has a background in shades of blue with Japan’s red sun symbol at the top, the Olympic rings in the center and a stylized mountain at the bottom. It was designed by Takashi Kono and printed by Tappan Printing Co. The poster was made using offset printing. A genuine original sells today for about $75. Lithographed originals from early 20th-century Games sell for a lot more.




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