There are a lot of reasons for a person to pick up a hobby. It doesn’t matter what kind of hobby it is as long as you are enjoying it. Some would just start a collection and take it from there and one of the items that is sought after are custom baseball pins.
You can expect buying, selling and trading your pins with other collectors one you get started. You might also meet other collectors. Some, with the addition of collecting baseball-themed pins, would follow another theme, like getting trading pins from amusement parks like Disneyland. Some would also collect trading pins coming from other sports like basketball. These pins will show the name of the team and the year when the pin was produced.
Aside from buying the pins, you can also trade pins with fellow collectors. This is an easy way to get the pins that you want. Before starting a trade, both collectors must agree to certain conditions first, depending on what one collector may ask from another and vice versa. With new technology and Internet, emails are used to be able to talk to other collectors that might be far away. Sporting events like a baseball game can have pin collector attendees and you can do a trade during that event.
Special pins are also present with collecting trading pins. These are the types that are only made for special occasions that will not happen again. Other special pins include those that are made by major sponsors for a sporting event, like Coca-Cola. These pins are only produced during the event and production of these pins is discontinued once the event is over.
These custom baseball pins are made with copper as the main material. The bases to be used are moulded and then cut and are electro-plated afterwards. Depending on what the pin should show, they can be as small as 1.5 inches in size or as big as 2.5 inches. Military clasps are sometimes used to hold these pins in place.
There are no age limits in collecting custom baseball pins. Little kids that might still need their parents’ assistance and need to accompany them during games or trading events can be collectors already. Old people may still be at it in supporting their favourite teams and at the same time, collect trading pins. They may already have a large collection and some vintage pins may be found with them. Some collectors would be serious in completing their collection that they may event pay a lot of money for a single pin.
As with any hobby, collecting custom baseball pins may be difficult in the beginning but once you are able to see how it works, it becomes a fun thing to do. Other collectors would be willing to provide help to those that are just starting and would even give tips on where to get special pins and such.
If you are to meet another collector for a trade, there are a few things that must be remembered:
- You will need to keep your pins in pristine order and make them presentable. No one will look at a pin that is dilapidated.
- During events, you can easily notice a fellow collector since he would usually wear his pins on his clothes. Politely call their attention if you want to trade with them.
- Make sure that you don’t touch their pins when you are looking at them; ask the person to bring the pin closer so you can look at it.
- Present your own pin that you want to give out in exchange to see if the other person will be interested or not.
- Once a trade is done, a handshake and saying, “Thank you,” will close the deal.