Pin trading has been a custom for a number of sports for more than a hundred years now, with the first exchange done during the Summer Olympics in Athens in 1896. Because of the many significant purposes of pin trading, other sports leagues and even non-sports organizations have adapted the practice. Aside from being an exciting hobby, it effectively fosters new friendships, team unity, and brand promotion.
Softball is among the top popular sports not just in the United States but around the world. Among the top leagues are Major League Softball, National Pro Fastpitch (formerly called Women’s Pro Softball League), European Softball Federation, and Intercollegiate Softball Championships in the US. With all these tournaments, imagine how many people order custom-made pins for their favoriteteams almost every month of the year.
Pin trading is common during and after these tournaments. Family members, friends, and fans usually bring their own softball trading pins during the games. Most of the time, they custom-ordered these pins from various makers months before the season games. Pin makers tend to become extremely busy when a season is coming up, so it is recommended to order softball trading pins early, or at least two months before the start of the league.
Most pin makers can now cater to lots of designs, even the ones with many colors and intricate details, because of the availability of new technology in creating pins. Some of them even offer the design creation services for free, especially if you order in bulk.
If for some reason you are not able to attend these softball leagues (because you might be living thousands of miles away) and trade pins with anybody during one of the games of your favorite team, you don’t have to worry as these leagues are not the only places to trade softball trading pins. You can also trade during your college or high school softball games because for sure there will always be an attendee who has been to any of the major leagues and who would be willing to trade pins with you. The only challenge is to find this person or group of people. If your school has a pin trading organization, you might want to look for them right after the game.
The good thing about trading softball pins is there are no rules on what pins to trade. As long as both parties agreed to take each other’s pin in exchange for what each currently has, then it is considered a deal done. Just make sure that you have finely made softball trading pins with high-quality designs for the other trader not to refuse your offer.
If you are a beginner in pin trading, always ask advice from those who have been trading for a long time now on where to order high-quality customized pins. For sure, they can refer you to a good pin maker. Join pin collectors forums online to get the latest updates on pin trading events, pin designs available from your favorite team and where to get them, and more tips and techniques on the hobby.
You must understand that to be successful in pin trading, it requires dedication and consistency, and it might take some time for your collection to grow. Pin trading is a two-way process. Always remember that it is better to have fewer high-quality softball trading pins than to have lots of them that no one wants to trade with. You don’t want to compromise the quality of your pins by purchasing or collecting non-quality pins just to expand your collection. It will not help your reputation in the pin trading world.