If you get into a hobby, it helps in releasing the stress that can be caused by a daily routine. Sometimes, your hobby can use up your resources since you enjoy what you do. These resources can be used especially if the hobby that you are in will be collecting certain items. Some may go for stamps, toys or rare coins because it is something that they like. Other will go for baseball pins and some will even go as far as trading with other collectors.
Trading pins has been popular for quite some time and they come in different themes, depending on where you acquire them. Amusement parks have their own set of pins and in some instances they hold their own pin trading event for enthusiasts to attend. Pins that can be traded in such events can have a high value, depending on the style and how rare they are lately. There are also some special events that may happen only once a year or even once in a lifetime that will produce their own pins. Pins from such an event becomes very valuable because those pins can become one-of-a-kind.
Sports teams, clubs and events will have their own pins. Yearly sporting events also produce their own trading pins. Such pins are made on a yearly basis and will have a different version each year. The year of when the pin was made will also be visible from it. The one item that will not disappear from such a pin will be the team name, and baseball pins are popular with this. There are a lot of baseball fans and being able to see and collect the pins from your favourite baseball team can become the best experience.
Baseball pins usually use metal for their base, and the common choice is copper. The designs on them are usually made from enamel powder and these pins will have an average size of 1.75 inches to 2 inches. A butterfly clasp can be spotted as the way to attach these pins to your clothes.
Baseball fans would range from little kids to old people, and the same goes for collectors of baseball pins. Others will be into the hobby so deep that they are willing to go through a lot of lengths to get all the pins that they want, up to a point where they are willing to pay a tremendous amount of money for a single pin. There will be others that go for the simple route and they just want to collect those that belong to their team.
When starting a trade, the first thing that a collector will look into is the rarity of the pin. Getting a lot of information about the pin, including when it was manufactured, is important. The person giving away the pin for trade must make sure that the information that he is giving about the pin is correct, or else he will lose the trust of other pin traders.
When you offer a pin for trade, you must check when it was made. It is possible that the pin may be special, but it may have been made at a mass production level, so it may be easy to find. Asking for help from “pinheads,” as other pin collectors are called, can be okay. Other collectors can be helpful to those that are just starting. Also make sure you have a few other pins available for trade with other people, too.
Trading pins is fairly easy, especially during a pin trading event. Enthusiasts will proudly wear their pins on their shirts, scarves, vests and caps and they would walk around and interact with other collectors. A trade can be started by greeting another enthusiast and pointing to the pin that you want, while offering the pin that you can give in exchange. Never touch the pin that you want, but you can ask the owner to try to bring it closer to you. Once the trade is done, a simple handshake and a “Thank you!” can end the trade properly. The other fun side of pin trading is you getting to meet other people from other places that share the same interests as yours.