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There are many things your baseball pins collections is missing. However, here are the top things you should get for it today.

If you're into baseball collector's items, why not start a collection of baseball items you can actually wear? After all, what good is that giant album of baseball cards if no one ever sees them?

Baseball pins collections are a fun way to commemorate your favorite moments in baseball history, favorite teams, players, and brands.

Whether you're looking to start a new collection or you've already got several pins, here are 5 essential things your baseball pins collection needs to be a complete set.

1. Something Vintage

Trading pins is a tradition dating all the way back to the 1896 Olympics. This was the first, modern, official, Olympics and athletes were given small, paper or cardboard pins to wear for identification.

As a gesture of sportsmanship, athletes would swap pins. In later years, pins or national badges were created specifically for Olympians to trade after a match or game. Thus, the baseball pin trade came into being.

Because of this rich history and method of demonstrating good sportsmanship, owning a vintage baseball pin is a perfect way to harken back to the roots of pin-trading.

If your current pins collections don't include a vintage baseball pin, it's time to get one!

Baseball pin trading became especially big in the early 1900s. If you are really savvy at the trade, you can even find a rare baseball pin from the 1940s when the making of pins stopped following the 1936 Olympics.

Pins from before, and especially during 1940, are some of the most prestigious to possess. Including one in your collection is a sure way to show how legit your pin-trading abilities are.

2. A Way to Display

Many collectors will choose to display the pins they are willing to trade on a tri-fold display. This can be cardboard or wood if you're really serious about showing off your pins.

Be aware that if you're wearing your pins to an event with the intention of trading, you shouldn't wear any pins you don't plan to trade. Displaying your pins is a way of saying they are up for trading.

During tournaments, traders often look for pins being worn so they know who they can approach for a trade deal.

The way you display your pins will depend on how many you plan to trade. Scarfs, shirts, and hats are the most common ways to display. However, tri-folds are usually better for large collections.

Just choose the display method that best suits your needs and personality.

3. An Understanding of Trading Etiquette

If you plan on having a real baseball pin collection, you better know the rules of the trading game first. There is a certain etiquette assumed in pin trading that you definitely need to understand before trying to build your collection.

If you need to, write these rules down so you can avoid embarrassing yourself at a tournament or trading event. Having a good grasp of trading etiquette is an important part of collecting.

Rule number 1, don't touch another person's pins. You can look, but don't touch. Until that pin is yours, no one will appreciate you grabbing or handling their pins.

Rule number 2, don't interrupt a conversation. If someone is talking to a pin-owner about a pin you just "gotta have," you're simply going to have to wait your turn.

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Jumping in or asserting yourself into a trade negotiation that doesn't involve you is just bad manners. Wait for traders to finish talking before you offer your trade.

Another important etiquette rule, keep things friendly.

If things start getting heated, call off a trade. Also, remember that trades should occur among equals. Don't try to scam someone into trading a more valuable pin for one less prestigious.

4. Your Own Team Pin

They may not be the most desired pins of other traders, but your baseball pin collection will never be complete unless it includes a pin branded with your own team logo.

Even if all you ever did was play one season of little league, having your own team pin says you value the game and the experience of participating in it.

Not to mention, designing your own pins is a fun way to show off your creativity. Pull in some design ideas from the classic, vintage pins, and include a modern twist.

Your teammates will love the reference to the "good old days" of baseball and the opportunity to commemorate your season.

If your current team doesn't keep the tradition of trading pins with opponents, you could help get it started. Having your own team pins is a great way to promote good sportsmanship and the love of the game.

5. An Opponent's Pin

Just as with your own team pin, no true collection is complete without the pin of a rival team. Whether this is a pin from an opponent you've played yourself or a pin from your favorite Major League's greatest rival, opponent pins are fun to have.

Sure, you may not wear them to a game or tournament, but they help round out your collection and give it diversity.

Not to mention, it can be hard to trade if the only pins you have in your collection are of one single team.

Diversity in your pins collections gives you more chances to trade and broadens your collection. If you don't already have an opponent or rival's pin, try branching out.

Again, if you've begun the tradition of trading pins with your own team logo, consider encouraging a rival team to do the same. It can be a fun way to start the swapping tradition in your own league.

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Baseball pins collections are a fun way to let your love of the game be known. Creating your own pins is a great way to build team unity and start a fun tradition within a league.

Pin collections always start small, but as you find others who share your passion for the all-American sport, your collection will grow.

Browse soft enamel pins today and get started on creating your own team pin.

There are some tips and tricks to great baseball trading pin design. Learn everything you need to know about composition, color, and size here.

Do you want to get your baseball trading pin design just right?

There are over 2 million little league baseball players in the U.S. It's a way to learn skills and lessons that will last a lifetime.

Baseball is about teamwork, community, and camaraderie.

A way to commemorate that community and the lessons learned are through trading pins. You want the pins to stay with the kids as long as the life lessons they learn.

That's where a good eye for design comes into play. A good baseball trading pin design will be remembered for years to come.

Keep reading to learn how to design a baseball pin that people will want for a long time.

Brainstorm Ideas

When you're beginning the design process, you'll want to start out by brainstorming ideas. Ask yourself a few basic questions about the trading pins.

When you start to think about the end result, it becomes easier to decide how you want your trading pins to look.

You'll also want to think about how someone feels when they receive the pin. The reason why pins are traded and have such a long history is that the pin creates an emotional connection between players, teams, and events. Will they be excited to have a baseball trading pin from your club?

Start to jot down ideas and sketches on paper. Note if there are any elements you want in the design, such as a logo or a symbol.

Look at Other Pins for Inspiration

You'll want to look at other trading pins for a couple of reasons. The first is that if you want your baseball pins to be a collectible, you need a baseball trading pin design that stands out.

The second reason is that you can draw inspiration from other pin designs.

Trading pins come in all sorts of shapes and designs, and it helps to know what you like about certain pins and what you don't like about other pins.

You can take that knowledge and apply it in your own design.

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What to Include in Your Baseball Trading Pin Design

When it comes to basic elements of design, there are a number of things to consider. Color, symbols, text, logos, and spacing all have an impact on the final product.

Symbols & Icons

In baseball, there are typical icons. There's the baseball diamond, bat, baseball, glove, and home plate, just to name a few.

If you want to have a pin that stands out, you can move beyond the typical imagery and have a pin shaped like your team's state instead. That's a great option if your little league team travels to tournaments all over the country.

Another symbol or icon to add to your design is a logo. You can add the logo of your team into the design for an added boost of recognition.

Colors

Did you know that colors have psychological meanings?

Before you automatically put your team's colors on the pin, think about the impact and connection you want your pin to make. Match that up with the colors in your pin.

Text

The main point of the text you use is to keep it easy to read and keep it to a minimum. You probably don't need a big fancy font if it's going to be difficult to read. A lot of teams like to add their team numbers, baseball team name, or team players first names. Get creative!

Add Flare to Your Trading Pins

You can spice up your trading pin design by adding a little sparkle to it.

Trading pin enhancements include items such as crystals, sparkles, and glitter can attract attention and make your baseball pin design become an instant hit.

Keep It Simple

Good design is usually very simple. There are only a few elements and that's it. You don't need to add too much information because it will detract from the design.

Remember that first impressions are everything. People will look at your baseball pin very quickly. If they can't figure out immediately what the pin is about and who it's from, they'll quickly move on to something else.

If your design is simple, they'll be able to know what the pin is immediately and make that connection.

For a very simple pin, have the design feature the team's logo, name, and location. Another simple pin includes a tournament name, the year and location, and a little bling.

Test Your Trading Pin Design

Now it's up to you to test your design. Mock up a few ideas on paper or by using trading pin design software.

Take your ideas and show them to other people for feedback. You can ask other coaches, players, and parents for their thoughts. Keep it to a few people so you don't get overwhelmed with feedback. Don't take it personally. Good design rarely happens on the first try.

Take the feedback and apply what you heard into a new design. You can take it for another round of feedback, or if you're happy with the design, go with it.

Trading Pin Material

Now that you have your design down, you'll want to pick your material for your pin. There are two main types of pins to choose from for your custom design.

Soft enamel is the highest quality material that gives you the most options for your designs. This is a good fit if you have colors that you don't want to bleed together. You can get different types of metals such as silver or brass.

Offset printing is the best choice if your design has a lot of details or if you would prefer not to have colors separated by metal lines.

Baseball Trading Pins That Stand Out

Baseball trading pins have a long history. They're a hit with collectors, players and parents alike.

Baseball trading pin design isn't difficult as long as you know what people are looking for in a trading pin and know the basic elements of good design.

If you'd like to get started with baseball pins for your team, we can help.

Contact us today if you have any questions or fill out the quote form below.

Hello Pin Traders! Today’s post talks about another one of our most frequently asked questions: How many baseball trading pins should we buy for our team?

The goal in buying baseball trading pins is to maximize the fun and memories your kids will share during pin trading, while minimizing the amount of cost to mom and dad. Unfortunately, most tournaments don’t provide you with guidelines when it comes to buying sports pins

A rule of thumb we’ve developed over the years after getting feedback from parents post tournament is the following:

(# of kids on your team) x (number of teams in the tournament) + 5-10%.

Theoretically, this gives every kid on your team the opportunity to trade with every team in the tournament, or come away with a full set per say. A few reasons for the 5-10% extra:

1) Parents recommend having a few for younger siblings to trade, happy kids = happy parents.

2) Kids will want a couple extra to give or trade with friends.

3) Always good to have a couple extra to make up for lost pins, kids do the darndest things

There are not many reasons to buy more than this equation, the only instance we see is with a team that knows it will be playing in multiple tournaments.

There are however a few reasons to buy less.

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To learn about a few proven design methods that will allow you to buy less without necessary having to fork over more cost per pin, check out another article of ours on pin tradability

To find out more about trading pins, click the red ‘Get Pricing Now’ button below, or give us a call at 888-998-1746 to get started on your teams design today!

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