Collecting trading pins for baseball is an old tradition. Though just a past-time, many people find great joy in this and are able to share their love for baseball with something special.
In fact, trading Little League baseball pins is as much a part of the game as the game itself. Each year at the Little League World Series, a tent is set up exclusively for exchanging pins.
But how to get started? Luckily, collecting pins is easy and it is also one of the most rewarding. Even if you are new and haven’t been introduced to the world of trading pins, it’s fairly easy to start at some point. And hopefully, you’ll be boasting a fine collection in no time.
About Baseball Trading Pins
It’s always a good thing to know a little history, particularly if you are planning to walk down a road that’s been walked by thousands before and has become a tradition.
It was in the 1920s in Rochester, NY, that a bakery started this trend. They started distributing pinback buttons featuring hometown baseball heroes and you could collect those with each purchase of a loaf of bread. The pins came in sets that you could later trade.
Baseball pins have come a long way since that. Today, fans wear and collect all sorts of pins to support their favorite teams or to honor its history.
Pin collecting and trading are a rewarding tradition of baseball. Pins serve a great way to meet other baseball fans and also act as a time capsule. But first, ask yourself why you want to collect pins? Is it for supporting your team or for the love of collecting?
Answer these simple questions and you’ll get a direction as to where you are headed with your collection. It can be towards rare items, numbers, or whatever makes sense to you.
Choose a Pin Type
There are four types of baseball trading pins that you can collect:
- Soft Enamel: Perfect for beginner collectors as they are durable and inexpensive.
- Offsets: A sturdy pin with a design printed onto vinyl attached to a metal.
- Photo-etched: These have more intricate designs etched directly into the pins.
- Stock: These pins are mass produced and are basic pins.
Pins that are more colorful with more intricate designs tend to get traded faster. Along with that are bold colors, limited edition designs, eye-catching visuals, and other similar stuff that makes a pin valuable for trade.
There are also vintage pins that are valuable because of their age and rarity, and not the design. These pins often have only a few of them left in circulation, thus making it a valuable collection.
Estimate Pin Values
Baseball trading pins can hold significant value. It’s not that your local team pin in your collection will be worth more than you paid for it. But if you get hold of a pin you don’t know the worth of, it would be a loss for you. You may just end up trading it without knowing its real value.
So, always take the time out for researching pin values. The internet is a great place to start your research. You can also visit the local trading shop or meet with a sports memorabilia to find out the true worth of a pin.
Visit Conventions and Trade Shows
Conventions, trade shows, and meetings are great places to meet and connect with pin enthusiasts, dealers, collectors, and specialists. So, it’s a place you don’t want to miss visiting, particularly if you want to gain more knowledge and expert opinions on trading pins.
Appraisers and pin dealers make their expert knowledge available to collectors and if you want to find out the worth of a pin in your collection, you’ll surely want to visit such places. After all, who wouldn’t want to visit a place where beginners and experts are under one roof indulging in the passion they share among themselves!
These places are also great for growing your collection and even finding rare pins. As a collector you couldn’t want more.
Collect and Trade
So, you’ve started with pin collection and now you’re hooked to it. It’s time you kickstart your hobby, add to your collection and start trading. The best place to grow love for baseball pins are at the stands of the game itself. You can meet other collectors and that is the best way to start trading.
You’ll also find pinheads at specialized events that are often local and are aimed at meeting of pin enthusiasts and collectors where traders can add to their collection and make connections with people sharing similar interest as well.
Trading pins make for a great collection. So, whether you are a local baseball fan or just want to collect something worthy, you can start your pin collection today. Be it Little League baseball pins or pins from local matches, sporting a pin is a great way to show and share the love for the sport. Pins will also hold a sentimental value for years to come. So, what are you waiting for? Start with your collection and keep this tradition alive.