Decades ago, teams trade baseball cards, and regular looking cards bearing action pictures of popular baseball players. Nowadays, teams trade baseball pins. So what are the current trends in trading pins? Here are a few keywords to get you started on shopping for these collectibles:
Other than the classic soft enamel pins, additional moving parts add trading power to your pins. Here are the few who have become popular recently:
o Dangler – connected via a metal ring or a jewelry chain, another molded and designed metal dangles from the main pin. Usually incorporated into the overall design of the pins, these things really swing into the top-hits!
o Slider – featuring an entirely different pin moving across a hole that has been cut into the main pin, this type of baseball pins has become popular for the action factor and the nice touch of movement.
o Spinner – these have a different pin mounted on the main pin and can spin on the spot. Plus points for the movement action factor!
o Blinkers – this is great for wearing or plain gloating. The accent details on the design feature blinking lights powered by a small battery at the back of the pin. Awesome!
o Glitter – these pins are one of the most popular among the non-moving add-ons. Using special glitter enamel, the colors are given a different sheen by the glittery addition. Downside is, because of the glitter the colors sometimes look different than they actually are.
o Bobble-Heads – Using powerful springs to suspend the movable part, which is another molded bit of the pin, the pins are given the action factor for every movement the wearer makes. That is if they are going to be worn.
Shops also offer items where you can display and store your pins while they are not in use. Storing them in dedicated cases also give them a glamorous feel and lets you have additional trading value.
o Display Banner/Sash – Too many pins to display? Stick those pins into these banners and sashes available in almost any color. They can also feature some extravagant excesses like tassels and stuff like that.
o Display cases – These are usually made from hard plastic with mounts for the baseball pins. It gives an additional “professional” feel to your trading events. If you have a enormous collection, transparent storage cases are great for organizing them in proper displays.
o Velvet storage boxes
Want a more “jewelry”-level feels? Choose velvet covered storage cases. These are basically like jewelry or eyeglass cases, specially fitted with the velvet and stuffing required to store your trading pins snug and dry. If you do not want to purchase one, you can make t on your own. Modify a regular box with kitchen sponges and some felt.
- Event Pins
Rare pins as well as once in a blue moon pins come from events and other occasions like this. Anniversaries, annual specialty games and others like this usually have specialized trading pins made for them. Some collectors go to great lengths just to secure a piece of these. If you happen to come across one, grab it! You can trade it for a great deal more than just regular trading pins.
Now you have an idea on the things up and about in trading pins. Get your shopping hat on and start hunting for the best from the rest! From the baseball pins to the display cases, get the best for your collection! Do note that for you to get the rarer pins, you will probably have to go through various forums auctioning pieces, some secondhand shops, and pin shops that offer stock pins. Don’t worry though. If you really want something unique, have a custom pin made, easy peasy!