原载于《中国体育收藏》第三期 / 2014
“China Sports” magazine columnist, author of “Inspire China: New China Sports Posters”, founder of Chinese sports collection website (www.ticang.com), and owner of the Gsport Collectibles website (www.gc1999.com). All these are enough to make sports collector Guo Lei (North Guo) famous in the collection circles and people take delight in talking about it.
As a sports worker, Guo Lei considered falling in love with sports collection as the most worthwhile thing. In the years of sports collection journey, he has experienced many difficulties, but he never backed down. And now, he already has the richest Chinese Sports posters collections. The preface of his book “Inpire China--New China Sports Posters” was written by the vice Chairman of International Olympic Committee Yu Zaiqing who rarely writes preface for anyone. Mr. Gao Lu who once wrote for the Beijing Olympics , “ Light the Passion , Share the Dream”, “ Journey of Harmony “ also wrote the book title for him.
With his passion and persistence for sports collection, Guo Lei always enjoyed devoting a lot of time and effort to it and never got bored. Thus, it helped him achieve fruitful results in sports collection. In addition to Chinese sports posters, he also has quite a rich collection about the Chinese sports delegation. He also has a decent sports collection from the Republic of China and the New China. And his collection of 1936 Berlin Olympic torch with a burning unit is the only one we have seen in China.
With the sports collection support, Guo Lei studies China’s sports history from the early Republican period, and he doesn’t miss any details. For sports collection during Republican period, he has carefully checked from beginning to end. so that the history of our sports can have more detailed evidence. He has also researched a lot of collectibles of each Olympic Games which Chinese delegation participated in. Guo Lei believes that athletes can inspire China with indomitable spirit, which reflects sports collections can also inspire China.
Guo Lei constantly explored their own sports collection ways. On his journey, he came to know Zhou Jianxiong and he was impressed by Zhou Jianxiong’s collection ideas. Since then, he regarded him as his teacher and became more clear about the collection direction. Thus, he and Zhou Jianxiong teamed up to launch a personal sports collection websites, and jointly wrote “ Chinese Sports Collection “ magazine. Together they have made huge contributions to China sports collection.