Looking for custom trading pins?
Trading Pins can be designed for Destination Imagination, Baseball, Softball, Soccer, Hockey, Basketball, Cheerleading, Odyssey of the Mind or any other sport or team activity. Sports pins are a great way to acknowledge your team’s accomplishments while also promoting a sense of pride and sportsmanship among players.
At the Monterey Company, we make customer satisfaction and pin quality our foremost priorities. Our friendly and experienced sales team can help you to create truly unique and collectible custom lapel pins with all the most popular accessories. Custom Trading Pins are a memento that will last a lifetime. Pin trading has become a very integral part of youth sports, and with our wide selection of sports trading pin styles to choose from, you can create a unique custom pin that will wow your team.
Sample Trading Pins
We offer a wide array of customizable trading pins so that you and your teammates can create trading pins that will impress even the most seasoned pin-traders. Additionally, our cheap trading pin prices will always keep you coming back for more. Whether you hope to redesign your sports pins every year or keep the same design for a decade, we can help! You can also purchase your trading lapel pins at wholesale amounts and prices for added savings!
Trends in pin trading are extremely dynamic and keeping up with the latest-and-greatest can be exhausting. Not to worry, our specialists are trading pin experts and can guide you through the ordering of your pins.
Custom Trading Pins pricing options may vary according to the size and style of your main trading pin.
Optional Trading Pins Accessories Include: Blinking Lights, Glitter, Spinners, Slider, and Dangler Pins Click on the images below for more information. Please allow extra production time for accessories.
How Are Trading Pins Made?
Most trading pins are made overseas in factories with 200 – 300 employees but, in our case, our main factory has thousands of employees. USA made pins are usually printed pins that normally ship in a few days. While our stock pins can be shipped easily and quicker, in some cases stock pins can be priced higher than custom pins. Allowing yourself time to create a custom trading pins is usually the best way to go as there are much more options to choose from.
Printed Trading Pins: This is a great option if you would like to reproduce your design without any limitations. Also, our busy season is May thru July and printed pins can be made faster than any other pin style and we suggest this style if you are short on time. We recommend printed pins as the number one style, followed by soft enamel pins.
Soft Enamel Pins: Years ago this was the most popular style pin. Not really sure why but it is an option and these pins are labor intensive but do allow for thinner metal lines separating each enamel color.
Cloisonné Pins: This is the only pin style we do not recommend and most of our competitors call there pins cloisonné and that has really driven us crazy! Cloisonné Pins can have a lead content that is unacceptable for kids.
Trading pin tips to help guide you with your design
Pin Style – Pin traders predominately like to trade etched and printed pins, as they can be made large and brightly colored as well as custom shaped. All this, without ripping your shirt! The thinner base on these two types of trading pins allows us to make a large pin without making your trading pin into an anvil.
What Are The Most Popular Sizes? Most players like to trade with other players that have pins that are 1 1/2” to 2 1/2” or larger, but we can design your pin to be virtually any size.
What is The Best Quantity Pin? We find that most players will trade 20 to 25 pins per game. Be sure to include extras for parents, grandparents, and friends of the family.
Accessories – Kids will seek out pins that are the most unique with blinkies, danglers, wiggle heads, sliders, and glitter.
Cool New Trends for Custom Trading Pins
One of the cool trends we are seeing with many travelers, particularly in the retirement set, is that many are taking to RV’ing across the country and collecting as many cities and state lapel pins as they can. Of course, there are those that actually travel with the sole purpose of going to a convention or more regional gathering, in order to actually collect and trade with others. Networks are beginning to get created now on the internet so collectors can find each other and tip off their trading colleagues as to what new city and state pins are being released, and when the next event will be.
This is a trend that seems to be growing across the United States. This seems to be an outcropping of architectural and historic society pins. Special interest groups gather and commemorate their state and cities within the state for different historical events, special areas of beauty, national parks, and other points of interests.
Start A Custom Trading Pins Group:
Its rare these days to find someone who hasn’t heard of pin collecting and trading. What with massive worldwide societies, like Disney trading pin groups, its become so huge that now there are conferences for lapel pin traders from all over the world, several times each year. The trend now is for small regional groups to come together based on pin theme interest. These groups make plans to travel to one or several trading shows a year to trade, show and acquire new pins.
We also offer a variety of custom lapel pins including soft enamel and hard enamel pins.