Sports trading pins have long been popular in baseball circles, but baseball trading pins are no longer the only game in town. While the hobby is still popular with baseball fans and players, trading pins for other sports and hobbies have gained in popularity. Other sports where trading pins have become popular are football, basketball, hockey, soccer and even horse racing, golf and bowling. In fact, trading pins can be custom made for any athlete, team, team mascot or sport.
Custom sports trading pins are part of a long-standing sporting tradition dating to the early 1900s. Officials and athletes began trading pins representing their respective countries at the Olympic Games in the 1920s. Since then, the tradition of swapping customized trading pins as tokens of international friendship has grown steadily. In 1980 spectators joined the fun and began trading pins at the Olympics, and the hobby has continued to grow with each successive Olympiad. Youth sports, like baseball, football, soccer and hockey have embraced custom trading pins as a part of the sport.
Trading pins are not limited only to sports. Science fiction and comic-book buffs trade pins of their respective genre. Wildlife pins have become very popular and entire trading circles have been built around pins for such things as movies, books, music genres and there is an entire collection of pins made of Disney characters.
The popularity of trading pins shows no signs of waning any time soon, and no wonder. Trading pins are colorful, inexpensive and a great booster of team spirit. One of of the reasons trading pins have become so popular is due to the sheer number of choices offered. No matter an individual’s or team’s budget there are affordable customizing option.
The common elements of your team’s logo is the best place to begin designing your sports trading pins. You can then add extras, like incorporating you team mascot, to make your pins the ones everyone else will want to trade for. For example, maybe give your mascot blinking LED eyes. Adding glitter to your trading pin is a cost-effective way to give it a rich look.
Add motion to your pin by adding a spinner, slider or bobble head. Spinners and sliders are separate pins that attach to your design to add a fun element and really increase the pin’s trading power. Bobble heads also attach to the main pin and move up-and-down and side-to-side whenever the pin moves. This adds a strong visual appeal to the pin with many traders feeling a pin with a moving element to be the most coveted pins of all. As less expense alternative to bobble heads, spinners and sliders, a dangler is a basic add-on used to add a tournament date or name or a any number of other options to your pin.
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