Olympic venues will be an ideal place for those who enjoy collecting badges or pins. Thousands will be traded amongst enthusiasts in the coming weeks. All collectors will be looking for the ideal badge that catches their eye and proves a little different to the majority of badges.
As many as 5000 badges have been made for Olympic teams and souvenirs in the past. The choice is overwhelming as each country produces badges for people like athletes, sponsors and even journalists. Beijing is no exception with an incredible array of official pins for sale in souvenir shops.
Countries new to Olympic competition have often proved popular for badges in the past. This year Montenegro, Marshall Islands and Tuvalu may be popular as these teams are new to the Olympics this year.
While prices may be high during the Olympics it is rare that people make big profits from buying and selling badges. If you are a novice, be wary of being caught up in the frenzy and spending large amounts of money. However collecting and trading badges is a great way to meet new people and have fun.