Softball trading pins were initially distributed to players of each team which they would, in turn, trade with pins owned by players of other teams. Basically, pin trading started as a way to create camaraderie amongst competitors in a sport event. Eventually, the market for trading pins expanded to include spectators of such sporting events. In fact, a certain day is allotted for pin trading, and is sometimes the highlight of sporting activities.
Softball trading pins come in all shapes and sizes. For trading purposes, the ideal pin size ranges from 1.75 inches to 2.0 inches. Some manufacturers produce pins that have 1.5-inch widths. However anything below 1.5 inches makes the pin a collector’s item rather than a tradable one.
Softball trading pins normally depict the logo and official mascot of the team for whom they were manufactured for. Pins can also contain the name of the event, the city and state from which the team originated from, and if space allows, the name of the player, position, and jersey number. Lately, additional designs have been added to trading pins to make them more marketable and to attract more traders.
Softball trading pins nowadays are given add-ons to make them more marketable and attractive. These add-ons come in the form of secondary pins, attachments, and enhancements. Those who want to customize softball pins can choose from several enhancements, which include the following:
1) Blinkies or LED lights– this enhancement gives that blinking light feel to any trading pins. A small light bulb is attached to the pin and connected to a small battery located at the back of the pin. When you click on the small button the light will start to blink.
2) Custom Back Print – if in case your logo or mascot covers the entire front side of the pin and adding the player’s name, jersey number, or state will ruin the aesthetics, you can opt to have those printed on the back of the pin using soft enamel, photo screen, or hard photo screen methods.
3) 3D Pin Molds– the usual pin mold is 2D and is added with no additional cost. However, if you want to have a 3D-like effect for your pin, you could avail of 3D pin molds (you’ll have to spend more, of course). Such an add-on is only suited for pins made of soft or hard enamel and are die struck.
4) 3D bubbles– this enhancement, particularly the clear acrylic bubble ones, can magnify the design if placed on top of the pin. 3D bubbles come in many colors and can add flare to the design of your pin.
5) Glitter– a mixture of glitter and paint enamel can add that sparkle to your pin design. The mixture is added to the recess of the design and sealed with an epoxy dome. Light can cause the glitter to sparkle and this will definitely make your pin an eye-catcher at any event.
6) Gemstone– not all that glitters is gold, some are artificial gemstones placed strategically on your pin. Such gemstones add appeal and value to the pin, making it in demand in any trade show.
7) Sequential numbering– if you intend to make limited-edition softball pins, then you should avail of sequential numbering enhancements. The number is lasered on either side of the pin.
8) Custom numbering– you may also want to engrave your specific letter or number on your trading pin. Being roughly the same as sequential numbering, the selected number or letter is engraved on either side of the pin for a customized feel.
Having customized softball trading pins can definitely make you feel confident in any trading event. Go visit your nearest manufacturer and request a unique trading pin for you to collect, use, and share with others.