Getting into a hobby allows you to take some time off. Anyone who gets into a hobby has the goal of being able to relax and have fun with what they will be doing. Anything that a person does for fun can be a hobby. Collecting certain items like stamps, toys, and coins can be one way, but some may go for collecting custom baseball pins. This becomes an added bonus if the person is already a baseball fan.
Such custom pins are also available during special events that will still involve baseball, like an anniversary event or an event to honor someone involved in baseball. There are also certain pins that will only be available during certain moments and they will not be available afterwards.
If you are to look for other custom pins, some are made available by major sponsors of events. Amusement parks also have their own collectible pins for sale, some of which are only available at a certain time of the year.
If you want to meet another pin collector, a sporting event will be the key event that you can try to go to. Pin collectors frequent sporting events with their pins on their clothes. These pins usually correspond to the name or mascot of the team that the person is cheering for. They can also show the name of the event itself. Special pins for the event participants may also be given away; some of these pins become very valuable because of their limited numbers and, thus, are hunted down by collectors.
It is said that curling, a famous sport in countries like Canada, may have been the sport from which using a custom pin started. Pins dated as early as the 19th Century have been found and they belonged to old curling clubs.
Custom baseball pins may go as small as 1.5 inches or as big as 2.5 inches. These are usually made of copper and have military clasps used to attach them to any piece of clothing.
The value of custom baseball pins depends on their designs and the number of prints they have. Knowing where the pin came from and when it was manufactured helps in checking the value of such pins. Pins that are made after a famous baseball team may also add to the price of such pins, especially if the pins that are released are made to commemorate a celebration like a championship win. Each year, new pins are also made for the team members. These pins will always have the year when they were made stamped onto them.
Those that have been collecting custom baseball pins for a long time are called “pinheads” just for fun. They would know how the trading goes and where to go to look for pins to buy, sell, or trade. Just to let those starting their collections know, “pinheads” can be easily approached to get tips on how to get a great deal when trading. “Pinheads” will have certain websites that other collectors can access easily. During special events, these enthusiasts are clearly visible among the crowd. Meeting them in person is something special, but being able to trade with lots of other people is another extraordinary thing in this hobby.
Pin trading will always have its own way of fulfilling a person’s quest to be amused and enthralled. Still, whether you are able to complete a set that you have been longing to get or you managed to get your hands on that one pin you’ve been dreaming of, this hobby will really give you a sense of satisfaction.