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A guide on choosing baseball pins while custom pin trading. Baseball trading pins are available in a variety of designs, including logos and characters

Are you looking to create a custom pin that no other baseball team has ever made before? Do you need a little inspiration to get the creative juices flowing? If so, then you need to learn a few design tips for our baseball custom pin.

Doing so can help you learn about how to make a unique one. One that everyone will want to trade for at the next baseball tournament your team goes to. But to do that, you need a proven trading pin designer on your side.

See below for an in-depth guide on how to create a custom pin that everyone will want to get their hands on.

1. Choose the Right Colors

Creating a dynamite custom pin is about taking several key components and turning them into something that's never been seen before. A big part of that is choosing the right colors for your baseball trading pins.

Of course, you'll want to use the team's actual colors in the design. However, there are other colors you can use to make the pin more desirable to others.

Design tips for your baseball custom pin
Design tips for your baseball custom pin

We recommend that you implement color psychology into this process. For those of you that are unfamiliar with the term, color psychology refers to the emotions and feelings that each unique color gives off.

For example, red is a great team color because it sends feelings of youth and excitement. The color blue gives off a loyal and team-oriented vibe. There are more opportunities to add colors than you might imagine.

As a start, you could include baseball bats in your design and color them brown. The color brown gives off a feeling of clutch play and ruggedness that will resonate with other players.

However, you could also color those bats black to give the impression of a team that has a flair for dramatic, come-from-behind wins.

2. Mind Your Materials

Most first-timers overlook this essential factor of custom baseball pins. While you might not think that the material of your pin will be noticeable, it makes a drastic difference. Odds are that you have a preference and you don't even realize it yet!

The two materials to know are soft enamel and hard enamel pins. Both can be used for custom pins, but have different methods of getting your design. Let's take a look at these two materials to see which one you'd prefer.

Hard Enamel Pins

Baseball pins that are made of hard enamel will last many years. They keep their aesthetic extremely well, holding on to those vibrant colors for you to display on lanyards, hats, etc.

Hard enamel pins are made by filling a debossed metal field with your choice of enamel paints. The entire pin is filled up to the top of the metal and then sanded down to ensure a smooth finish.

After that, the pins are polished to perfection, giving you a gleaming and luxurious look that all pin collectors admire.

Soft Enamel Pins

The difference between a finished soft enamel pin and a hard enamel pin is subtle but noticeable. Many of our customers love soft enamel pins for their customization purposes.

With soft enamel pins, the enamel paint is used to fill each metal field, but not to the level of the metal edge. As a result, the metal edges pop out more and are noticeable to the touch.

Several clients love this for the raised look. It sort of gives off a three-dimensional aesthetic; the metal edges look like bold lines around your team's logo.

3. Get the Players Involved

As any of the hall of fame coaches in Cooperstown will tell you, you will never get the same team twice. Each season is different, so be sure to celebrate the players you have.

It's always a cool idea to get your players involved. Even a subtle detail can fill them with extraordinary pride.

For example, you could place all of their jersey numbers on the pin, a cartoon drawing of their faces, and more. It's such a cool way to differentiate your baseball pins.

4. Use a Cool Mascot

At the center of every great baseball custom pin is an awesome mascot or emblem that attracts the eyes. It's enough to raise a person's eyebrows and make them legitimately interested in trading with you.

If your team doesn't currently have a mascot, you can either use one from one of your favorite professional teams or make one online in minutes.

Design tips for your baseball custom pin
Design tips for your baseball custom pin

The mascot should be used as the centerpiece for your design. Let everything else serve as an extra detail to accommodate your awesome logo.

5. Strike a Balance Between Different and Familiar

We've all known those baseball teams that try to be a little too different. For example, the Miami Marlins once used a combo of orange, black, white, blue, and yellow in their uniforms. Only years later, they changed them again due to the fans' distaste of those unis.

It's important to find a design for your baseball trading pins that strikes a balance between different and familiar. If it's too "out there", it might lower other peoples' interest in trading for them.

Use all of the tips here on color, materials, player details, and mascot to create a pin your entire team can be proud of.

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Now that you have seen an in-depth guide on the best design tips for your baseball custom pin, be sure to use this information wisely.

Take the time to read this article for more information on why baseball trading pins are an excellent part of sports culture. Need help? Give us a direct call at 1-888-998-1746 or click to chat on our website and we will be happy to help you out.

Design Tips On How To Customize Your Baseball Trading Pin

Trading pins are a cherished feature of the youth baseball. Since 1983, the Little League made its first "official" pin available and ever since it's become a staple part of baseball culture. Pins mean far more than representing a team. Baseball trading pins unite players, parents, coaches and opposing teams as they share their love of baseball through them.  It's a fun way for everyone to get to know each other and return home with a unique collection of pins.

Custom baseball trading pins are a great way to express the team's loyalty and boost team spirit from the players in the field to the parents in the audience. It's important that the pins are well-designed to increase their value and make trading with other players more exciting.

Ready to design a winning pin for the best little league team?

Pre-Design Tips

Deciding on a pin design is a creative process and the perfect chance to create one that best symbolizes the team. Players and even baseball parents keep their pins for years so you need to make sure everyone loves the design.

Use this time to double-check the teams' roster numbers and names to correct any errors. It’s important to stick to a budget before designing the pin. Know which size to use, the preferred material and which add-ons your team want to jazz it up.

Decide What to Include in Your Custom Baseball Trading Pin

There are many features and factors to consider when designing your team's pin. Here's a breakdown of each aspect:

Pin Types
There are three types of trading pins: Soft Enamel, Offset Printed Pins and Quick Pins.

Soft Enamel: This material is a popular choice as it’s perfect for intricate designs. The painted enamel has metallic ridges to separate the colors which enhances the artwork. Soft Enamel is perfect if your little league team want add-ons such as glitter, spinners, and sliders.

Offset Printed Pins: The designer transfers your digital artwork onto the pin, making this a quick and cost-effective option. It’s essential that the designer uses high-resolution artwork to create sharp imagery for an eye-catching pin.

Quick Pins: These are the perfect option for last-minute situations.  These cheap pins are made by US manufacturers and are ready in time for your Little League tournament. Like an Offset Pin, the image is printed, but with a thicker base.

Team Name, State and City
Your team’s name is the first thing they’ll see, so you need to be creative. Decide which font best represents your team and whether you want to shout out your city and state.

You can add your city to the design. It could be its outline on a map, your city’s skyline or a small image that represents your hometown. This will help personalize your pin so opposite teams will know instantly that it’s yours.

Team colors
Not only is this the main feature of the pin but it’s your identity! To find the perfect colors, use our PMS (Pantone Color System) color scheme so our designer knows the exact shade. If you aren't sure which color, we could try a couple colors to find that perfect match.

Baseball Pin traders see hundreds of baseball pins so we suggest using bold colors to stand out.

Got a mascot? Great, add them to the pin! Mascots are a great way to boost team recognition and make your pin stand out.

Continuing the mascot theme means your pin matches your jersey and hat so everyone knows you’re 100% about team spirit. Parents and coaches can also wear them to show their support.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a mascot. Let the team decide on a mascot and ask the pin designer to incorporate it into the artwork.   Remember to be specific. If you want a Panther, decide if you want it to be fierce or friendly.

Add Your Motto
Chances are you have an awesome motto. If there's a motto everyone chants during Little League games, add it to your pin. It doesn't have to be the whole phrase. Instead, pick the few words that best represent your team.

Add the team’s roster to your Little League pin to personalize it. Use numbers to ensure everyone fits on the pin. You can use bats, baseballs and even stars to show off your teammates.

Season-Specific Features
Instead of one design, order pins for each season. This will boost morale and keep everyone excited from the players to parents. Make it unique by adding the year and the team's names or numbers as they change every year.  Or incorporate the team’s accomplishments to the design. Add any Little League championships you’ve won or include the win-loss record.  Special features will make your pins rarer and increase its trade value.

Upgrade with Add-Ons
Let the team add their special flair and maximize the pin's trading power. Your team can choose from a variety of add-ons including:

Ready to Get Trading?

Custom baseball trading pins boost trading value so little league players can be proud of their team and form a one-of-a-kind collection. Trading pins have the power to unify players, parents and opposing teams who will hold on to these pins for years to come.

If your team wants high-quality trading pins for next season, contact us here.

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