原载于《中国体育收藏》第三期 / 2014
In sports collectors circles, the “South Zhou & North Guo” reputation has become household known, referring to Zhou Jianxiong from Guangdong and Guo Lei from Beijing. And Zhou Jianxiong’s colorful sports collection journey is so interesting.
The fifty-year-old Zhou Jianxiong has been doing sports collection for more than forty years, having regarded as an senior collectors. In elementary school, he got suspended for six months for three consecutive years because of his frail body. Then the doctor advised him to take more physical exercise, hence to strengthen the physical fitness. So his mother intentionally cultivated his interest in watching sports. He kept every game tickets afterward. His diary and essay would choose sport as a theme. It was a sport ticket brought Zhou Jianxiong into the world of sports collection. Later because of physical exercise, he got away from the illness. And he not only fell in love with the sports, but also fell in love with sports collection.
Because he started early in his sports collection, he have extensive collections and his has six rooms are filled with his collection. There are many interesting things happened on his journey of sports collection. In his early ages, he used portable calculator and pen to exchange the Olympic torch on the China-Soviet (now Russian ) border. And later he bought a precious Beijing Asian Games torch at a very cheap price from a pawnshop. His most proud moment would be the first day of Beijing Olympic Games torch-fire collection. He made a commemorative envelope to be sent to friends from the Greek Olympic torch-fire collection. He became the only Chinese people on-site designed homemade sporting philatelic souvenirs .
With the possession of huge amount of collection, Zhou Jianxiong did not live by his sports collection, nevertheless he frequently donated some of his precious collections for charities. For leukemia athletes, he would donate all the money from his beloved collections’ auction. He also donated money for disabled athletes. Every year, the local Red Cross will receive his collections auction money. For a ordinary worker like him, it was commendable.
Through long-term unremitting efforts, Zhou Jianxiong also brings fruitful collections achievements. Tens of thousands of sports possession helped him win the reputation. There were exhibitions in Zhongshan, Dongguan, Guangzhou and Hong Kong mainly based on his collection. He also has his own personal Sports collection website (www.58ab.com). he said his main attention now is on sorting the recent collections. Because now the website only shows part of the collection. It needs more time to sort them out.