Al Falcao has been a
collector of various items since childhood. He began collecting stamps of the world and
later specialized in First Day Covers of the US,
UN and Canada.
Al stopped collecting FDC's in 1997 while maintaining his focus on Olympic pins.
With his encouragement, Al's kids Faye and Fred, started collecting car license plates.
Our collection includes a license plate for every state in the US,
and, province and
territory in Canada. We also completed a collection of baseball caps with every team in
Major League Baseball covered.
Another one of Al's
hobbies is music. He plays the piano and organ and loves to play for anyone's listening
pleasure. Al played the piano on radio and TV
in his youth and has entertained at
Toronto and Markham retirement homes.
Al was at the Montreal Olympics in 1976. However, he was unaware of the existence of pins
and cannot recall any pin trading activity at the Games! He
caught the Olympic pin bug in mid-1988 following the Calgary Olympics. Al has been at every Olympics
from 1992 - 2012 and is
busy trading pins with
around the world daily on the Web. He was invited
to be a guest speaker at the 2000 Canadian Olympic Association (COA) Annual meeting of
and made a multi-media 'Pins 101' presentation.
World-wide TV, radio and print media has interviewed Al at every Olympics
A few days
the Sydney 2000 Summer Olympics, he did
radio interviews on 'Ontario Today', and, 'Metro
Morning' hosted by Andy Barrie live on CBC 99.1 FM in Toronto.
From Sydney, Al was interviewed by NBC's 'Today Show', Australia's ABC Channel
7, BBC TV & Radio, CBC's 'Sydney Today' & 'NewsWorld' among
several other world-wide Olympic TV &
Radio networks. He was also interviewed by
magazine on October 2, 2000 in
the '6 Months to Go' pin show at Salt Lake City's Salt Palace Convention Center in
July 2001. He was privileged to meet and trade pins with
Ross C. 'Rocky'
Mayor of Salt Lake
City. The Mayor presented Al with a pin that was a symbolic
'key' to the City of Salt Lake. And, just prior
to the Salt Lake 2002 Winter
Olympics, Al was featured in a full page
article in Toronto's
entitled "He's king of the
Al Falcao is a gold medalist in Olympic sport of
Al appeared on
NBC Affiliate WGRZ -TV2, Buffalo,
Athens 2004 Summer Olympics
on Sports News anchored by Adam Benigni.
While in Athens during
the Olympics, Al met numerous prominent Greek personalities including Dora Bakogianni,
to the Torino 2006 Winter Olympics, Al was headlined as 'Pin kingpin'...a full page story in the
Toronto Sunday Sun.
In Torino, he traded pins
at the Coca-Cola Pin
Trading Centre where he was accredited as a 'pin expert'. And, Eurovision Sports
News a division of EBU (European Broadcasting Union)
an extensive interview with Al with a special focus on him trading pins for smiles with
kids. Check out his interview here
In 2007, Al introduced pin collecting and trading to the kids at
and enlisted the support of several major Olympic
donate thousands of Olympic pins to a very worthwhile cause.
Al was at the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics and is featured in 'Chasing the Dream' in
The Costco Connection.
His friends at Magic
Graphic, Beijing Office,
up a blog for him in Mandarin on
and included a
authored by Al in their
Olympic Products Handbook.
Al was also featured in Canada's largest Chinese daily newspaper
pin pursuits appear in
Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, Al was the first pin collector to be featured on
the Official VANOC website
and was also featured in the CTV
. Al met with my son Cole's senior kindergarten class at St. Patrick school and
gave the kids a
brief presentation on the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. Each kid received pin gifts
and in a lucky draw, one of the kids received a Wonder+ Vancouver 2010
mascot set of five different Olympic pins
Prior to the London 2012 Summer
Olympics, Al was interviewed by the
Markham Economist & Sun
And, in London, he was interviewed by Eurovision
Logistical issues caused Al to make a last minute decision to pass on his
Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics
And more recently...Al passed on his Rio 2016
visit and you can read about it here...http://alspins.com/MES07_28_14.html
Al's collection of 35,000 different Olympic pins is displayed in
several large glass
encased frames hung on paneled walls in the basement of his home.
Cameron (nee Falcao)