Teams participating in any kind of sports such as baseball, football, swimming, and gymnastics usually wear custom trading pins. The designs of the pins determine their appeal and trading value.
There are different styles and options that you can check to figure which is suitable for your team.
The spinner is a second pin added to the upper part of the primary pin, which you can rotate. It comes in different shapes, usually in the form of softballs and baseballs. You can customize it into any shape you prefer. The spinner adds more significance and value to your custom trading pins. The exceptional design makes it highly sought-after by traders.
- Bobble Heads
The bobble head or wiggle pin is a second pin fastened by a durable spring to the primary trading pin. The head of your team’s mascot can move in side ward, upward, and downward motions. Due to its striking quality, more athletes prefer this style.
Batteries power this blinking small LED light bulb usually used as the eyes of the team’s mascot. You can turn it on through a tiny hidden switch. Nevertheless, the blinker can fit into more creative and fun designs. It gives life to your images that will catch spectators’ attention.
Glitter enamel makes your custom trading pins shine with various colors. An epoxy coats the glitter to add a more sparkling finish. It is one of the most affordable and well liked styles among athletes.
Slider is a second pin attached to a channel created in the primary pin. Sliders are in the form of moving balls or an athlete in action. They are very appealing to both players and viewers.
Dangler is a second pin attached to the first pin through a loop or small chain. Danglers can be a flag, ball, year of the tournament or whatever figure you choose. Some manufacturers can replace the danglers to create a new look while keeping the primary pin. This will save on cost if the team is on a budget. Although it is one of the earliest designs, it is still a favorite among collectors and traders.
Different types of custom trading pins are available in the market, which are as follows:
- Soft enamel pins have iron metal bases and are among the pins with excellent standards of quality. A soft enamel pin is made using low fire to combine the enamel paint to the metal. It features durability, brilliance, and luster. Baseball leagues favor this type of trading pin.
- Photo-etched pins feature designs generated by a computer and put over the pin surface, producing a smooth finish.
- Offset digital pins involves modern printing technology in imprinting the design on the metal surface. An epoxy coating will combine the design with the metal. This is ideal for photos of athletes, paintings, and logos.
- Silkscreen-printed trading pins are similar to offset digital pins except the design is created through silk screening.
Pin traders choose printed and etched pins for their swapping activities. The usual size applicable for trading is 1.5 to 2.5 inches or larger. Children are most interested in exceptional trading pins, which include danglers, bobble heads, blinkers, sliders, and glitters.
Trading pins are now gaining popularity among travelers. There are people who go on trips to meet fellow collectors and traders of pins with historical and political importance. In addition, the internet is a perfect venue to gain contacts and to exchange valuable collections. Trading events are great to visit when looking for rare trading pins.
The design and type of trading pins should have an impact on the entire team. Since pins serve as both representation and identification, it is best to choose a relevant design for your team’s pin badge.