A Passion for Pins

A Passion for Pins

John Devlin and his collection of BC Games Pins

Author: BC Games Society/Monday, June 2, 2014/Categories: 2014 News

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A trip to the 1973 Canada Games held in New Westminster started a life-long passion for pin collecting for Victoria’s John Devlin.  “I collected two pins at those Games and it all started from there.”

A regular visitor to the BC Games Society office in Victoria, John’s day job is as a Senior Account Manager with Victoria radio stations, C-Fax 1070 and Kool FM.  A BC Games alumnus from the 1980 and 1981 BC Summer Games, John started his BC Games pin collection at those Games and has continued it ever since.  His collection of BC Games pins now boasts 150 pins dating back to the first BC Summer Games in 1978.  With all the pins, his favourite is still the one from the Kimberley 1980 Games where his masters’ basketball team took home the gold medal.  




With pin collecting and trading comes many stories of pins found and missed.  “A friend had a ski pin from the Comox Valley 1991 BC Winter Games,” said John.  “But, I didn’t think it was a true BC Games pin.  I was wrong, and it took me until 2013 to find that pin.”



A few are missing from the collection including the Williams Lake 2002 BC Winter Games pin, a Zone 6 golf team pin from the Abbotsford 2004 BC Summer Games, and a Mt. Baldy pin from the Oosyoos-Oliver 1985 BC Winter Games.

John’s pin collection extends well beyond the BC Games and includes well over 50,000 pins.  The largest and most valuable collection is his 10,000 Hard Rock Cafe pins as he makes it a habit to stop at the Hard Rock Cafe in every city he visits.

John has attended many different major sport events including the World Curling Championships where pin trading is as important as the sport event.  The Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and the 1994 Final Four NCAA basketball in Seattle are also highlights.

When asked what his favourite part of pin collecting is, John responded, “Meeting people from all over the world and learning about different cities and countries.”

A few new pins will be added to John’s collection when the 2014 BC Summer Games take place in Nanaimo, July 17-20.


A sample of John's BC Games pin collection

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