ATLANTA -- Visiting a meet up of the Atlanta Pin Collectors Club is like travelling back in time to 1996.
Members are often dressed in Olympic attire as they trade pins, torches and other memories of past Olympic Games.
"This group has been meeting the third Wednesday of the month since 1994. We are all good friends, " said member Judy Jay.
They trade memories and memorabilia. A torch could fetch anywhere from $700 to $1,500, while many mass produced pins aer only a dollar.
Interest, and prices are usually up during the games. "The Varsity Pin could be worth about $100 because it's very rare," said Jay. She said the pin was controverial in 1996v because it features the Olympic Rings made out of onion rings.
Jay, Scott Reed and several other members of the group are considered experts on Olympic Memorabilia. "A very common pin during during the Olympic games might be worth $10 or $20. After the games it will settle down to $10 or so. During the games rare pins can be worth several hundred dollars," said Reed.
Many members of the Atlanta Pin Collector's Club will be heading to London next week. Those staying behind will gather August 1 from 4 to 7 pm at the Varsity to buy, sell and trade Olympic memorabilia.
The event, as well as the club's regular meetings on the third Wednesday of the month, are open to the public.
And September 28 through the 30 the Atlanta Pin Collector's Club will host a national convention of pin traders.
The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 265 Peachtree St in downtown Atlanta. Admission is free and there will be opportunities to buy and sell Olympic memorabilia.