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Olympic cards prove a hit with collectors
OLYMPIC postcards featuring Bicester and Oxford have been flying around the world.
The summer’s Olympic Torch relay in the county was immortalised in two of only four official postcards made for the London 2012 Games.
Designed and produced by Bicester accountant David Buxton, only 300 copies of each of the cards was made.
Mr Buxton’s cards were snapped up by collectors from as far away as the USA, Slovakia, China and Hong Kong.
Mr Buxton also sold a card to an Olympic gold medalist, Stephanie Cook who won Gold in the Modern Pentathlon at Sydney in 2000. He rubbed shoulders with Ms Cook atOxford’s Iffley Road torch bearer ceremony in July, which she attended when she took up pentathalon while at Lincoln College, Oxford.
Mr Buxton said: “She kindly signed one of the postcards with a message and kept one for herself.”
Of the two different designs, one featured Oxford and the other Bicester.
The Oxford card commemorates the centenary of Arnold Jackson’s Stockholm Olympic gold medal victory, the Iffley Road Track where Sir Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile record in 1954 and Brasenose College, where Jackson was a student.
The Bicester postcard features a series of images relating to the town, including a picture of the 1948 Olympic Torch being brought to England on HMS Bicester.
Mr Buxton said: “Most people have collected them for their relations who either live abroad or for their grandchildren as something for them to remember.
“The Bicester cards have also been popular with local residents who are not necessarily interested in the Olympics but collect anything to do with Bicester.”
Anyone interested in buying postcards should call Mr Buxton on 01869 244031
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