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Ready to embark on your next collecting obsession? Follow these steps to start building the ultimate baseball trading pins collection.

If you play baseball and you haven't been introduced to the world of baseball trading pins, you're missing out.

This tradition is almost as timeless as the sport itself, and many people find great joy in this past-time. It offers players and fans alike a chance to share their love for baseball with something special.

But why are trading pins so special? It's really up to the beholder, but they can stand for the team effort.

These items represent the trials and tribulations that finally got you that championship win. Other pins in your collection might represent teams that you admire.

Not to mention that you can even find trading pins beyond the world of sports!

If you've never collected anything before, it can be difficult to know where to start. That's why, in this article, we're discussing how you can start your own baseball trading pins collection. Keep reading to learn more.

About Baseball Trading Pins

This tradition has its roots in the 1920s in Rochester, NY. It was a bakery that started the trend by distributing pinback buttons that featured hometown heroes or baseball players. You could collect a pin with each purchase of a loaf of bread, and the pins came in sets for collection and/or trade.

These original trading pins are quite valuable today. Fans wear them and collect them for various reasons that include supporting a team or honoring its history.

There are several different kinds of baseball trading pins that you can find for your collection:

Many collectors that are just starting out begin with soft enamel pins. They are long lasting and affordable.

Stock trading pins are simple and basic without personalized details.

Offset digital pins use designs that are encrypted on a metal plate. Photo-etched pins display images.

Why Trade?

No matter what type of baseball trading pins you prefer, you should start a collection.

Trading pins is a great way to get involved in your sport. You can make new friends among those who collect and show support for all of your favorite teams. You can even trade with other players from different states and regions to expand your collection further.

Collecting trading pins will give you something to talk about during the downtime at games and off the field. It's even more exciting when you find someone who has a pin that you've been looking for. Now, which pins are you willing to trade for that one special pin?

That's the fun in it. See how many pins you can collect in a season, and think about which friends you enjoy trading with the most. Remember that you can keep collecting for your whole life, so the opportunities to find your favorite pins are endless.

Find Pins That You Love

Start by finding baseball trading pins that really catch your eye. Pins that represent your own team are a good starting point too. You can also ask your friends if they have duplicates of any pins they may have collected.

You only need one pin to start collecting. Later, it will feel like a game to see when and where you'll find your next pins. Hopefully, it's not too challenging, and you'll be well on your way to a fine collection in no time.

Take Inventory

Now that you have a few trading pins in your inventory, check everything you've collected so far.

You want to make sure you know which pins you have, and which ones mean the most to you. This can help you organize your pins, which will prevent you from accidentally trading them.

If you have any duplicates, ask your friends if they're up for trading something. Or you can wait until the next game and see if there are other players with pins that you might not ordinarily find.

Keep duplicates separated from the rest so you'll be able to access them easier when it comes the time to trade.

Research Values

Believe it or not, baseball trading pins can hold significant value.

It's not likely that your local team pin is worth more than what you paid for it. Who knows, maybe you'll even find one of those original trading pins from the 1920s!

The Internet is a good place to start researching values. You can also take your pins to a local collector's shop where they may be able to assess their worth for you.

Look up trading pin forums and collector's sites online. Don't forget to ask questions.

Don't ever give up a pin if you think it holds value. Do your research first.

Attend a Meeting

Beyond catching up with the other players at your games, try to find out where other pinheads are.

You can find pin meets where collectors come from far and wide to see what other pin collectors have. These are extremely social events that add a little dose of competition to the mix.

Ask teammates and fellow collectors where to find a pin meet near you.

Check online forums to find out where other collectors are meeting in your region or state.

Have Fun

The most important thing to collecting trading pins is to have fun.

This is an awesome hobby for many sports enthusiasts who want to further involve themselves in this awesome sport.

Don't be let down by a shutout. Get out there and trade some baseball pins with your opponents, and make friends.

Get Your Trading Pins

Starting a new baseball trading pins collection is exciting because you'll have an opportunity to share with all of your friends.

As you get older, your pins might even be worth some money. Not to mention the sentimental value they hold for years to come.

Look for other 'pinheads', those that also enjoy collecting these items, so you can have others to trade with. You can easily display your pins on a cap or backpack so that they know you're interested in trading too.

Keep this timeless tradition alive by starting your own collection today. You won't be disappointed.

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So you want to start a baseball pin collection? Here is everything you need to know before you do.

A baseball pin collection is just about the most American thing anybody can own. It's a one-of-a-kind slice of Americana, steeped in nostalgia and fetching some incredible prices for the right pieces.

But how do you get started? Where do you trade these pins? And which pins should you collect?

These are all pertinent questions and, luckily for you, all ones we will be addressing in this blog piece. Join us, as we break down how you can start collecting the pins you really want, today!

How To Get Started

Pin trading is central to the Little League experience, as much a part of it as the games and tournaments. You'll see tents set up at the Little League World Series and Facebook groups flooded with people doing thousands of trades every year.

But where do you start if you want to make this hobby legit? Baseball pins are everywhere, making them one of the easiest collections to pick up. Supply isn't the issue, but is there a "right" way to get started?

Not to get too philosophical, but your first point of order should be looking inwards. Ask yourself: "Why do I want to collect pins?" Are you supporting or commemorating your team, or is this more for the love of collecting?

Answer this question and you can gear your collection towards numbers, rare items, or whatever makes sense for you. Once you know what you'll be collecting and why it's time to start collecting.

Choosing A Pin Type

In the world of baseball trading pins, there are four varieties of you can collect:

As with any collection, these pins tend to be traded for one of two reasons. Often, collectors will buy or trade pins based on their design, with more colorful, more intricate designs trading faster. Bold colors, limited edition designs, and eye-catching visuals go a long way, here.

Alternatively, there's always vintage items. These are valuable because of their age, not their design, as sometimes there are only a dozen or so of them left in circulation. The market for these can be great for the savvy buyer, but they are also an attractive option for nostalgic pin collectors.

Pin Values

As we've discussed, sometimes a pin collection is just a pin collection. You'll find boxes full of team pins from amateur locals, perhaps a few from your kids' big games. All of which is fine if you're just collecting for the sake of having a collection, in which case the value of the pin doesn't matter much.

But collectors also put a great deal of stock behind the value of many baseball pins. And, luckily, there are a lot of great resources online. As a collector, it's easy enough to research a pin's value on the Internet, either via articles or communications with antique dealers.

Conventions and Trade Shows

There's nowhere on this earth more important to a collector than the trade show and convention circuit. These meetups connect pin enthusiasts, collectors, dealers, and specialists with each other. Appraisers and pin dealers do great business at these events. But they also make their expertise available to help collectors gauge their pins' or collections' worth.

This is the promised land for an avid collector, bringing everyone from beginners to experts together under one roof. Spend the day indulging your passion for these pins, and you'll gain valuable insights, grow your collection and even find rare pins. What could a collector want more?

Where to Find More Pins

So you've cottoned on to the wonderful world of baseball pin collecting and now you're hooked. You've got the passion, and it's time to kickstart your own hobby, collecting pin after pin from your favorite teams. Or maybe you already have a collection, and you're just looking to expand.

Whatever your motivation, you'll want a working knowledge of where to get pins, and where to take the ones you do have to trade them.

At the Games Themselves

A love of baseball pins often starts in the stands at actual baseball games. You're likely to spend a fair amount of time watching your local team play baseball games, either at home or away.

This is a perfect opportunity to meet other collectors, and meeting other collectors is the best way there is to get trading. Ask around and see if there are any pin fanatics in the stands with you. You might be surprised by who you meet and how many trades you'll kick off in this manner.

As an added bonus, there's always the chance you'll jumpstart someone else's passion for pins in the process.


Pin collectors often affectionately refer to themselves as "pinheads". Do your research and ask around for local postings about trading meetups.

These are specialized events where traders can start up or add to their collections, making connections in the process. It's an opportunity to meet people with your interests.

And knowing that everyone's there for the same reason makes starting conversations easier. You might even start your own smaller meetups with friends and collectors as a result.


Collectors will also often trade pins on internet forums and auctions. Websites dedicate resources to connecting collectors with opportunities to find and sell pins. Social media channels, similarly, offer an expansive number of avenues in which to trade.

Get Your Pin Collection Started Today!

Whether you're an avid local baseball supporter or just wanting a piece of the collectible pie, anyone can start a pin collection. For more on these pins and the people who collect them, check out some of our other awesome blog content today!


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