For some, a way for them to have some time for themselves is to get into a hobby. It’s a stress-reliever for most people and a way to get them out of a daily routine. Some would start a hobby by buying a few items like stamps or coins and start a collection from there. Some, like baseball fans, would collect trading pins to be able to enjoy the sport and to get into another hobby at the same time.
Different pins are available and some are not just themed after sports. Amusement parks sell them as souvenirs. The designs on those pins would have the logo of the park, the faces of the mascots or even the attractions within the park itself. Some amusement parks would even release limited pins for collectors to get and they would also hold special events for pin collectors to attend and exchange pins in, with either the staff or with other collectors.
For collectors that would want trading pins that are themed after certain sports, special sporting events will be where they’ll want to go. These kinds of pins have the mascot’s face on them or just the logo of the team. Some pins would have both the name of the team and the name of the event. Some events would give away their pins as tokens for those who attended. If you’re going to look for limited pins during these events, try to look for those made by major sponsors. These pins would have either the name of the event or names of sports teams, along with the sponsor’s logo, and will be hard to find once the event is finished.
Some would say that the idea of having these custom pins originally came from players of a popular sport in northern countries – curling. Curling is also called “chess on ice,” and some pins associated with curling had been found which are dated to be made as early as the 19th Century.
Depending on the theme or the design of the trading pins, they can come in different sizes. The smaller pins are usually at 1.5 inches in size, while the larger pins would go at around 2.5 inches. Military clasps are used to hold the pins to your clothes when you use them.
Valuable pins are the ones that are made only for a limited time or are made with only a limited number of prints. The design on it will also add to the value of the pin and from where it came from. For pins that are themed after a certain kind of sport or team, the value will depend on how famous the sport or the team is during the time of its release. Some would make new pins for the start of the sports season. If a special event happens to the team, like if they are able to get into the finals, new pins will be made, and these will have more value and will be sought after by collectors.
There are some that have been into collecting trading pins for a long time, and they’ve been called “pinheads” just for fun. But these “pinheads” are all business when you start talking about pin collecting with them. They would know all the news regarding the latest releases and would know if there are any upcoming special events. “Pinheads” would also readily assist those that are new in the pin-collecting hobby and would even give tips on where to get new pins and who to trade with. “Pinheads” are easy to spot during special events; you’d see them wearing their pins on their clothes or hats. They do this to show that they want to start pin trading with other collectors.