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Pin traders converge on London for Olympic collectibles

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A trader displays his pins ahead of the London 2012 Olympics at the Olympic Park on July 26, 2012 in London, England.

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Australian pin collector David Blair looks on ahead of the London 2012 Olympics at the Olympic Park on July 26, 2012 in London, England.

For many, the Olympics is all about watching top-notch athletes compete. For others, pin trading is a major draw. London Pins has a timeline of Olympic pin trading, as well as a catalog of many pins. Some of the athletes partake in swapping the collectibles as well. Do you collect pins?

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Tennis players Francesca Schiavone of Italy, left, laughs with Kim Clijsters of Belgium as they exchange pins at the All England Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon, London during training at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, July 26, 2012.