For most people, having the same everyday life, doing the same routine over and over again, would surely be quite boring. No changes in the pace or routine may greatly affect not only the personality but also the well being of a person, so picking up a hobby can put a little color and change their lives. One of the easiest hobbies someone can get involved in is collecting things. There are a wide variety of things to choose in collecting. Some people collect coins from different countries, some collect stamps from different places and others collect custom trading pins.
Trading pins come in different forms. Trading pins are quite a common sight as a commemorative item during special events. It serves as a memorabilia or souvenir for events. However, in many cases, custom trading pins are also available not only for the participants but also for the guests of the event as well. Amusement parks, such as Disneyland and Universal Studios, have their own set of trading pins and are sought after by collectors all over the world.
The origin of the trading pins were said to be linked with the sport of curling, where ancient trading pins were found and have dated from the mid-nineteenth century. Curling, also known by the name “chess on ice”, is a very famous and a fan favorite sport in countries like Canada.
Trading pins come in different sizes and shapes. An average trading pin size is about 2 inches but a lot of custom trading pins come in the sizes between 1.5 inches to 2.5 inches. Trading pins can be made of either plastic or metal and often come with a metal post and a metal clasp back. Of course, there are also pins (the cheaper kind) that come with plastic posts and clasps.
In trading custom trading pins, one must consider the design of the pin. For example, in exchanging softball trading pins, the value of the trading pin depends on the name of the team it represents, the number of copies made as well as the availability of the trading pin. There are some trading pins which can be bought by the time it was released and there are also some trading pins which can be bought during events only and will not be sold nor reissued anymore. Trading pins are often made every year to commemorate different sport events. Traders have an option to customize their trading pins with whatever color or logo they would like to have in their pins. Custom trading pins are often unique and some trading pins may have a really high trading value.
Collecting trading pins does not have any age limit at all. Both the young and old may get together to show and exchange their custom pin collections. People who often participate in trading events may either be hardcore collectors who would go by any means just to get the pin they want, long time collectors who have been in the hobby for many years but not so obsessed with trading, and newbie collectors who are just collecting the pins from their favorite teams. Trading is always an option and give-and-take is always practiced. It still depends on the agreement of two parties whether they want to exchange their pieces or not.
Moreover, pin traders would often look for pins to trade and pins to complete their collections. Agreements can easily be arranged between each pin collector. More often than that, pins that each trader has can either be in special cases, organized neatly and properly for display and viewing or worn proudly in any type of garment they have for every pin trader to see.