Picking up a hobby is one way for a person to “get away” from his normal routine and have something to do to pass time. Some may collect rare coins and others would collect hard-to-find stamps. A few would get started with collecting and trading custom baseball pins.
Buying, selling and trading of custom pins will be involved when you get into the pin collecting hobby. These kinds of pins can sometimes be found and bought in certain places like amusement parks, Disneyland as an example, and some special events like the Olympics. Sporting events are no exceptions, and custom baseball pins will be available every year. These pins will either show a design for the baseball team, or for the event itself.
In trading pins, an agreement has to be set first between two parties regarding the exchange of pins. This can be done either through the Internet with the help of emails, websites or message boards, or it can be done with the old fashioned method of meeting face-to-face. Special events like a baseball game can be a good place to meet other baseball pin collectors. Exclusive and limited pins can and will be seen there for pin collectors to buy and trade with.
With the nature of how some pins are made, limited edition pins can and will be available for purchase or trade. Limited edition pins are those kinds that are only manufactured during a certain event, and they will not be made again. Sponsors for major events like Coca-Cola may create pins like that. Custom pins like that are most sought-after by hardcore collectors.
Sports teams and clubs will have their own custom pins. Pins for sports teams are made especially each year, and will have a different design, so they will have their own value for collectors.
It was said that custom pins may have started during the time when curling was popular. Old pins dating from the mid-nineteenth century were found before that was from old curling clubs. Custom pins can be seen worn by hobbyists on their hats, scarves and vests.
Trading pins like custom baseball pins are usually made of metal, but in some cases they may be made from plastic. They would range from as small as 1.5 inches, and can go to as big as 2.5 inches, but the most common sizes would be around 2 inches. They’d have a post at the back that will be held by a military clasp back.
Pin collectors will vary. They may be kids or even old people, from those that are just starting out to those that had been doing it for a long time already. We can also include those who just want to complete a set for their collection and someone that is always present during events, ready to offer one of his pins for a trade. People can get very serious with pin collecting, especially with custom baseball pins, and it can sometimes grow into an obsession.
There are some who would get into the pin trading hobby with a different goal. They are aware that there are some big sporting events that pin traders will attend to either buy new pins or to trade pins with other people. These collectors will attend such events to not only trade pins, but to also meet other people that share their enthusiasm with the hobby.
While it is not that easy to get a good deal when pin trading if you are just starting, once you get the hang of it, you’ll be able to get a good deal at almost each and every time. There will be cases as well that a fellow trader would help those that are just starting in the hobby so that they will not be tricked into getting a bad deal in the end. A trade can also happen with no words exchanged; usually pin collectors will be wearing their best pins on their clothes and hats for “display” and for other collectors to see them. Starting a trade can be as easy as meeting a fellow collector and pointing out a certain pin that you want, and then show the pin that you can give in exchange. A handshake and a simple “thank you” after the exchange will complete the trade. Custom baseball pins are most often traded this way, since most collectors will come from all over.