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Athletes originally wore small pins or badges to denote their national allegiance. They began trading the pins among themselves as a gesture of the Games’ goodwill and international friendship.
Trading pins remained limited mostly to the athletes themselves up to the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y. At those Games, spectators — with some marketing help from Coca-Cola — discovered how much fun it could be to trade pins too. With their individual design varying by country and region, the custom trading pins were unique souvenirs of the joyous Winter Games.
From those Olympic Games, the fun of collecting sports trading pins soon snowballed (pun intended). Little League Baseball introduced its first official pins to that sport in 1983. Since then, the popularity of trading pins has expanded across virtually all youth sports, and has even extended to academic competitions as well.