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October 4, 2018

Custom Team Trading Pins Bring People Together

One of the great things about youth sports is that they serve as a unifying force for many local communities around the nation. Team play gives youngsters the opportunity to meet people different from themselves. Yet they can all work toward the same competitive goal. Custom team trading pins extend that sportsmanship to other teams and even more people.

Trading pins have long been a staple of youth league baseball and softball. In recent years, they become popular in other sports as well, including hockey, soccer, figure skating and cheer competitions. They help foster team spirit and camaraderie among competitors.

Advantages of Custom Team Trading Pins

In an era in which so many forces – political, technological, economic and more – seem to be dividing us into opposing camps, youth sports teams are a great way to bring people together. It’s easy to get to know your neighbor when your kids play for the same hockey team. You can put aside political differences when you’re both cheering for the same squad to win the game.

Custom team trading pins are the perfect way to share the team spirit with others as well. Your team members will make new friends at games and tournaments. They could be from across town, across the state or from halfway around the world. Pin trading can be a universal ice breaker.

Of course, successful pin trading starts with great pins. You want your pins crafted by graphic artists who have a track record and the talent to create memorable designs. You want to deal with a provider that doesn’t charge for artwork or revisions, and will stand behind their work. You want low prices, and you should expect outstanding customer service.

In other words, if you’re shopping for custom team trading pins, you want to deal with TradingPinsDirect.com. We are your one-stop, no-problem supplier for outstanding quality pins, unbeatable prices and spectacular service.

Ready to find out more about how trading pins can bring your team together? Call us today, toll free at 866-860-8842, or email us at sales@tradingpinsdirect.com. We’re bringing the world together, one team at a time!

September 10, 2018

Now’s The Time To Order Custom Basketball Pins

We know it’s football season, and the leaves have barely started turning. But trust us, now is the perfect time to order your team’s custom basketball pins for this year.

No, really. This is the ideal time to consider your team’s pins and place your order for the coming season.

Consider Your Pin Design and Team Logo

Why bother ordering basketball pins now? Why not wait until the season gets under way?

That’s easy. Right now, you – and your team – have plenty of time to think about your pins. You can consider what worked with past designs, what you liked and didn’t like. You can review other teams’ trading pins and see which ones really stand out. Get your players involved. Ask them what they like about other teams’ pins, and what they want their own pins for the new season to look like.

Think about what you want your pin design to convey. Do you want something funny, something that makes people smile? Or are you looking for something more intimidating? Both are possible, with a clean design. Just let your provider of custom basketball pins know what you’re looking for.

Options Add Appeal To Custom Basketball Pins

If you already have a pin design that your team likes, consider adding options to boost its trading power. It’s easy and surprisingly economical to add extras such as glitter enamel to increase your pins’ visibility and flair.

Your trading pin provider will have ample time to discuss your design with you this time of year, and to help you decide which style(s) you want to order. It’s an ideal time to order, too. You’ll get your pins in plenty of time for the season. That gives you one less thing to worry about as the season heats up and the big tournaments approach.

While there’s never really a bad time to order custom basketball pins, there really is a great time to order. That time is right now. What are you waiting for? If you’re ready to order, or just want to discuss your pin design, TradingPinsDirect.com is your best source. Call us toll free at 866-860-8842, email us at sales@tradingpinsdirect.com, or fill out our no-obligation Free Quote form today!

August 27, 2018

Time To Order Custom Hockey Trading Pins

As autumn approaches and temperatures cool down from the summer heat, it’s not too early to start thinking about custom hockey trading pins. At TradingPinsDirect.com, we are dedicated to giving you the best quality and value in hockey trading pins.

Now is the time to be thinking of your team’s pin design, before the action on the ice starts. While you have time to seriously consider it, think about what you want your team’s trading pins to look like. Think about all the parameters – pin size, shape, colors, options and overall style.

Our talented graphic artists have been crafting great looking trading pins for youth leagues around the world for more than a decade. We can take your idea and turn it into terrific looking hockey pins that will trade well at the games and tournaments.

If you’re creating a new design, start by asking your players what they think. See what ideas they have for the look of the pins. Create a design, based on what they say. It doesn’t matter if you have a full design, a quick doodle or even just a verbal description. Our graphic artists will work with you to turn your players’ concept into fantastic trading pins they can be proud of.

Custom Hockey Trading Pins Are Affordable

On  a tight budget? No problem. We offer a range of pin styles and types that can accommodate any budget. We offer a choice of economical options to boost the trading power of your team’s pins, too. Just let us know and we can work with you. And remember, we don’t charge for artwork or revisions.

Now is the time to plan and order your team’s custom hockey trading pins for the upcoming season. Avoid the rush and be prepared for the big games! Call us today toll free at 866-860-8842, or email us at sales@tradingpinsdirect.com. We’re here to serve all your team’s hockey trading pin needs!

August 1, 2018

Last Minute Pins In Time for Williamsport!

It’s the first day of August, and the Little League World Series is just a couple of weeks away. If your team made the big game, but you don’t have trading pins, don’t despair. Last minute pins are possible. You can still order CUSTOM rush trading pins, or stock pins, and have them in time for the tourney!

Here’s the key: If you need pins in a hurry, especially if you want custom rush pins, CALL US NOW. We can get custom rush pins to you in as little as 3 days. But you have to act fast to make it happen!

Custom Rush Last Minute Pins

We’ll give you your choice of three stock shapes, and print your custom team logo on it, then ship the pins to you fast. Presto, your team has great-looking trading pins, with YOUR team logo, just in time for the trading sessions in South Williamsport.

We also offer a good selection of stock pins. We can ship them from our Florida headquarters directly to you quickly. They’re an easy, economical answer to your need for truly last minute pins.

If your team’s season has ended, we feature a full line of other great products your team will appreciate as well. When you want to recognize a great season, outstanding performances, or contributions to the team, we have customizable trophies, rings, mugs, tumblers, apparel and much more.

Want to celebrate with custom pins for the end of the year? We’ve got ‘em. Custom challenge coins are a terrific way to celebrate and honor older players. Just let us know what you’re interested in and our customer service staff will be happy to help you find the perfect way to commemorate an outstanding season.

Remember, it’s not too late to order custom pins for this year’s tourney. But you have to act fast. Call us TODAY at 866.860.8842 (toll free) or email us at sales@tradingpinsdirect.com. We’re ready to get your last minute pins to you just in time!

July 9, 2018

Last-Minute Stock Trading Pins — ORDER NOW!

It’s mid-July. Do you know where your youth league baseball team’s trading pins are? If the answer to that is no, and the big game is coming up fast, don’t worry. You can still save the day with last-minute stock trading pins from TradingPinsDirect.com!

Stock Trading Pins That Look Great, At A Great Price

We can get stock trading pins to you fast – we can even ship overnight if necessary to any address in the continental U.S.A. You’ll be spared the disappointment of your team not having any pins to trade at the big tourney. And these are terrific looking pins, too. They’re 1.75” pins with one glitter color. They look great and will trade well.

Right now, we’re offering an unbeatable deal on all our stock pins. Choose your pins for only $1 each, plus shipping. That’s a fantastic bargain compared to our custom pins, and one you just can’t afford to miss if you need pins fast!

We offer a range of last-minute stock trading pins to choose from, but be aware that these go fast. Check with your sales representative for the latest information about availability of a particular design.

You’ll still get the legendary customer service we’re renowned for with these pins. We know that it’s stressful to be waiting for trading pins at the last minute with the big game fast approaching and a team you don’t want to disappoint. We make ordering fast and easy. We’ll get your stock pins to you by the fastest means possible.

Don’t let your team be left out of the trading fun! If you need last-minute stock trading pins, we’re here to help. Don’t wait another minute! Call us NOW, toll free at 866.860.8842 and your pins will be on their way to you fast! At TradingPinsDirect.com, we’re here to serve all your last-minute stock trading pin needs. And good luck to your team in the tourney!

 

June 26, 2018

Rush Pins and Stock Pins Save the Day!

So you just got word that your team is going to the big tournament. Hooray! Trouble is, it’s two weeks away or less, and you didn’t order trading pins earlier in the season. Can you get rush pins for your players to trade in time?

Yes, you can. You have fewer choices that you would otherwise, but good pin providers can help ensure your team will be enjoying the trading fun just as much as everyone else.

The Perils of Ordering Late

What exactly is it that makes getting baseball trading pins late in the season so tough? Simply put, it’s supply and demand.

You know baseball trading pins are a big part of the sport, right? What you probably don’t realize it just how big a part. Every year, youth league teams from around the world order millions of custom trading pins. And the timing of those orders is what complicates things.

Teams start ordering pins around mid-April. The business snowballs, and by June, every trading pin manufacturing plant in the world has a massive order backlog. Every subsequent order runs into that backlog. Pin orders that you might receive in two weeks or less in May could take four weeks in June. By the middle of June, you might as well forget about being able to get fully custom pins in time for a July tournament. But all is not lost!

Custom Rush Pins

Good trading pin suppliers can help you with late orders. Many offer custom rush baseball pins. They can print your custom design onto a limited selection of pin backgrounds. You’ll still get custom pins for your team, and get them quickly. Keep in mind however, that these pins are limited in their background, and won’t be as fantastic looking as fully custom baseball pins. And sometimes, there’s not even enough time to get rush pins before the big tourney. That’s where stock pins come in.

 

If All Else Fails, Go For Stock Pins

Reputable trading pin providers will offer a choice of several stock baseball trading pins. They’re not as flashy as custom pins, but they’re a lot better than seeing the disappointment on your players’ faces if they don’t have any pins at all to trade. These limited designs will typically feature a common baseball theme – crossed bats, a base runner, a hitter ready to swing. They’re attractive trading pins – you won’t get something that doesn’t look nice – and they’ll enable your players to fully participate in a cherished aspect of the sport.

The Ultimate Answer – Order Early!

Rush pins and stock pins are always an imperfect answer. The most basic rule of successful custom trading pins is simple: order early! It’s always better to have custom baseball pins ahead of the rush and not need them than to need them and not have them. If you don’t go to the tournament this year, they’ll keep until next year. Your trusted trading pin provider can help you craft the perfect trading pins that showcase your team’s spirit. Don’t get caught short! Order early!

 

April 30, 2018

DI AND OM PINS FOR GLOBAL AND WORLD FINALS

Congratulations to all the state winners at Destination Imagination and Odyssey of the Mind competitions! Now is the time to order your custom trading pins for Global Finals or World Finals!

TradingPinsDirect.com is your best source for custom DI or OM trading pins. Our artists can turn your creativity into terrific looking pins that others can’t wait to trade for. Custom shapes, sizes, colors, you name it. If you can imagine your design, we can craft a pin to match!

You know you want great trading pins if you’re going to Knoxville or Ames. As a licensed vendor for DI pins, and a longtime supporter of OM, we have a decade’s experience creating great pins for both organizations.

Why Buy from TradingPInsDirect.com?

Our artists are the best in the industry. They’ll work with you every step of the way to make sure your OM or DI pins look exactly the way you want. We offer a full range of pin styles and affordable options to make your pins look fantastic.

We know the importance of value, too. Our goal at TradingPinsDirect.com is to give you the most value for your trading pin dollar. Our artists can recommend economical ways to get the most trading power from your pins, no matter what your budget. As for price, we refuse to be undersold on custom pins! Let us know if you find a lower price on identical trading pins, and we’ll price match.

Both Global Finals and World Finals will be here before you know it! NOW is the time to order trading pins to be sure you get them in time for the big event! Call us toll free or fill out our no-obligation Free Quote form to find out more. We’re proud to support both Odyssey of the Mind and Destination Imagination. We’re here to serve all your DI and OM trading pin needs

April 2, 2018

Boost The Trading Value Of Your Team’s Pins

It’s that time of year again! Yes, youth league baseball season is just about here. You know what that means – it’s time to order your team’s custom trading pins for 2018!

If you want your team’s pins to be the ones everybody else at the big game wants to trade for, there are tricks and tips that will help. A few simple design factors can change your team’s pins from “good” to “gotta have it!” Boosting the trading value of your team’s pins has never been easier or more affordable!

At Trading Pins Direct, our talented artists will be glad to help you craft the perfect design for your team’s trading pins. We’ll work with you to make sure your pins offer maximum trading power, no matter what your budget. Your team will get fantastic-looking, desirable trading pins at a price you can afford!

Trading Value Basics – Size DOES Matter

While it’s possible to get terrific trading pins in just about any size, a general rule is that bigger pins trade better than small ones. Most trading pin providers offer pins in sizes ranging from 1.5” to 3”, typically in quarter-inch increments. The most common sizes are 1.75” and 2”.

If you really want to make an impression, go bigger than 2”. The added real estate gives you more room for detail in your design, as well as added space for great options. Of course, the larger the pin, the more it costs. Your pin provider can help you find the perfect balance between pin size and cost for your budget.

Speaking of Options…

Glitter enamel is the perfect add-on to start with. This economical option adds richness and sparkle to your pins at a low cost. It really boosts the visibility of your pins and helps your design stand out. Start here, and add other options as your budget allows.

Danglers are an outstanding way to add motion to your team’s trading pins. This secondary pin hangs from the main pin body, and swings with the wearer’s movement. These are an ideal way to showcase players’ names, the year of the tournament, the name of the tourney and more.

Sliders add motion and fun to your pins by attaching a secondary pin in a slot on the main pin. The slider moves along the slot. Picture a base runner moving from first to second, for example.

Spinners are a secondary pin that adds a rotary motion. The secondary pin spins at a finger’s touch. Baseballs, bats, wheels and other designs add to the fun.

Bobble Heads are a sure-fire way to catch spectators’ eyes! These spring mounted secondary pins wobble with the slightest motion, making them just about impossible to miss. They’re one of the most popular way to add trading power to your team’s pins.

Blinkers can give your pins a real “out of this world” look that other teams will clamor for! Want to give your mascot blinking eyes? Make a spaceship look like the aliens are coming in for a landing? No problem! Add blinking LEDs to your pins for a truly one of a kind style that’s sure to trade well.

Go for Two!

If you want super trading power, go for two trading pins instead of one! No, really, it’s easier than it sounds. Create a standard trading pin that you’ll have plenty of. Then add a limited-edition second pin to your order. Order them sequentially numbered to showcase their rarity. Knowing that a pin is 1 of only 200 for example, greatly increases its trading value. Avid collectors will want to have both the standard pin and the limited one, and your team will be known throughout the tournament for it.

Those are just a few ways to boost the trading value of your team’s custom baseball pins. Our talented artists at Trading Pins Direct will be happy to work with you to create pins your players will trade with pride. Feel free to email us at sales@tradingpinsdirect.com, or call us at 866.860.8842 for more details. We look forward to helping YOUR team have the hottest trading pins at the big game!

 

 

 

 

March 6, 2018

Baseball Trading Pins: Order Early!

Baseball Trading Pins

Memo to parents and coaches of youth league baseball players: The time to order this year’s team is now!

We know it’s early. MLB spring training is still underway, and youth league players are still working hard in school. But trust us, the earlier you order your team’s trading pins this year, the less stressful the process will be.

What’s the Hurry?

Right now, is the time to be finalizing your design for this year’s trading pins. If you do, and order by April 1, you can be sure you’ll receive your pins in plenty of time for the big game. Wait until June 1, and you could be in trouble.

Why?

It’s simple. The demands of baseball season overwhelm every trading pin manufacturing facility in the world. By June 1, backlogs exist at every factory. They’re busy producing literally millions of trading pins. What might take two weeks in April could take four (or more) in June. You don’t want to run the risk of disappointing your players by waiting too long to order.

At Trading Pins Direct, we’ve been creating great trading pins for terrific teams for 15 years now. And every single year, we’ve had to deal with calls late in the season from frantic parents who waited too long to order pins. Sometimes we can accommodate them with stock pins. Sometimes, it’s just too late. You don’t want your team to be the only one at the tournament without pins to trade, do you?

No, Really, We Mean It

We’re not kidding. If you want to ensure your team has pins to trade at the big game, order early. Order now. We know, you’ve heard this before. And maybe you’ve cut it close a time or two, and still received your pin order on time.

Keep in mind that there are more teams, and more players, every year. That means more pins ordered. The more pins ordered, the bigger the factory backlogs get, and the longer it will take to produce your pins. While we make every effort to get your pins to you on time, production time is a factor we simply can’t control. Don’t forget, you’re ordering a custom product, and your order can’t be canceled. You don’t want to risk getting your pins a week after the tournament.

You’re Ready to Order Trading Pins. Now What?

Once you’re ready to order, Trading Pins Direct makes it fast and easy to do so. What’s the secret to ordering great pins without stressing out?

Consider these few tips that are sure to make it easier:

  • Limit Decision Makers – It’s best to appoint ONE parent and the coach to be the point people on pins. It’s too time-consuming and impractical to have every parent and player reviewing every design revision.
  • Order Plenty – Remember, players are likely to trade with others outside their own age bracket, not just the teams they play. For the best trading pin experience, we recommend at least 35 to 50 pins per player. (Don’t forget extras for siblings too!)
  • Multiply Your Trading Power – You want trading pins that will dazzle the other teams. It’s easy to give your pins super trading power with our exciting array of options. We can add glitter colors, sliders, spinners, bobbleheads and other great add-ons to make your team’s pins a home run when the trading starts. Best of all, you don’t have to strike out your budget to do it. You’ll be amazed how economical great options are!
  • Think Big – All other things being equal, bigger pins will trade better than small ones. Most teams order pins ranging between 1.75” and 2.5”. That’s not to say you can’t have great smaller pins, though. A terrific design will always be popular at any size.

Questions? We Have Answers

At Trading Pins Direct, we’re always happy to answer any questions you might have about your team’s trading pins. Remember, we don’t charge for artwork or revisions, so you can be sure your pins will be exactly what you want. Our experienced, award-winning graphic artists have created some fantastic pins over the years. Check out our Gallery page for some examples.

We’ve been providing teams with great-looking trading pins for 15 years. We know what it takes to make your design look its best, and we’re here to help. We want your players to say “Wow!” when they see their pins. We want other teams to say “Wow!” when they see them too. We’re your dependable source for the best baseball trading pins, the best prices and the best customer service in the industry.

We’ll say it one more time – ORDER EARLY! When you’re ready to discuss your design, or to order your team’s pins for the upcoming season, give us a call, toll-free at 866.860.8842. Or fill out our no-obligation Free Quote form. When you buy pins from Trading Pins Direct, you can be sure they’ll be a grand slam when the trading starts!

February 19, 2018

The Olympic Heritage of Trading Pins

Trading Pins

Trading pins are a huge part of youth sports of all kinds today. With good reason – they’re fun to trade, they help break the ice among strangers, and can lead to new friendships with people from around the world.

It’s fitting that trading pins are a part of youth sports. They trace their beginnings to the modern Olympics.

The Beginning of Trading Pins

The ancient Olympic Games began as a festival which included a series of athletic events among Greek city-states, starting sometime around the 7th century B.C. Athletes honored Zeus by competing for glory and olive leaf wreaths or crowns. Roman emperor Theodosius I banned the Games in 394 A.D.

The Olympic Games returned in modern form in 1896, when the new games were held in Athens. From these games came the roots of what evolved into today’s trading pins.

The First Trading Pins

The precursors of today’s trading pins were neither pins nor traded. The first modern Olympic athletes, judges and officials wore small, colorful cardboard discs to identify themselves. Within a few years, countries switched from cardboard discs to simple metal one.

In 1906, Swedish athletes introduced the first of what could be considered the modern trading pin. Its blue and yellow colors represented the nation’s flag. Before long, other countries began creating their own pins as well.

As the Games grew in popularity, so did the camaraderie among athletes and officials. The 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris initiated the tradition of the Olympic Village, where athletes live during the Games. Soon athletes, officials, and even spectators discovered the fun of trading pins among each other as a way to show the Olympic spirit of international friendship.

Trading pins became so popular that 1948 Olympic organizers asked the participating countries to limit pin production to maintain the pins’ limited-edition exclusivity and appeal.

Have a Coke and a Trading Pin

As the decades passed, trading pins continued to grow in popularity worldwide. The business world took notice. In 1988, Coca-Cola opened its first official Olympic pin trading center at the Calgary Winter Games. The company later reported that the center drew more than 17,000 visitors a day.

Interest in pin trading continued to grow. Four years later, at the Summer Games in Barcelona, Coke’s trading pin center drew a half million people in all, from 70 nations.

At the 1994 Winter Games in Lillehammer, Coke introduced a new twist, the Pin of the Day. The company releases one pin a day which will combine with other Pins of the Day to create the iconic shape of the classic Coca-Cola bottle. It quickly became a tradition that continued in 2018 in Pyeongchang.

There appears to be no limit to the world’s love for trading pins. By the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta, athletes, officials, and visitors exchanged some 3 million trading pins, according to Time magazine. That number has doubtless increased substantially in the past two decades.

Even reporters covering the Olympics get in on the pin trading action. NBC journalist Katie Couric revealed at Pyeongchang that she has collected pins at every Olympics she’s covered, and now has approximately 700 pins. Couric has another distinction, too. She actually has been the subject of several Olympic trading pins, including some with bobbleheads.

What Makes Trading Pins So Popular

The real secret to pin trading is that it’s fun. That’s the whole basis for whimsical pin designs and colorful logos. It’s all about the Olympic spirit.

It’s easy to understand the appeal of trading pins. They’re small and easily transported – they easily can be worn on a lanyard, jacket, vest, hat or shirt. They typically feature a highly detailed, attractive design, and when properly made, can have the gloss and beauty of fine jewelry.

But the biggest attraction is the fact that they’re a unique keepsake memento. They’re specific to a particular year, location and event. That combination of factors makes trading pins a cherished part of the adventure of attending the Olympics.

While pins commonly trade one-for-one, especially rare pins will command a premium. One pin trader recently told a reporter he traded 30 pins for one especially rare one he wanted.

The Legacy of Olympic Trading Pins

As Olympic pins have skyrocketed in popularity, trading pins have grown into a huge part of youth sports as well. Little League Baseball introduced its first official trading pins in 1983, and the pins quickly became a fixture of the sport. In recent years, trading pins have expanded into other sports such as soccer, hockey, cheerleading, figure skating, and many others. Even academic competitions such as Destination Imagination and Odyssey of the Mind feature pin trading at events.

It’s not hard to imagine children participating in youth sports today, dreaming of a future at the Olympics in years to come. Collecting trading pins now can be a bridge to doing the same at a future event in a city halfway around the world. It’s safe to say trading pins have come a long way from those simple cardboard discs of 1896!

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