softball trading pins logoHow 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.

What kind of trading pins do we create?

Baseball Pins

Softball Pins

Basketball Pins


Little League Pins

Hockey Pins

Girl Scout Pins

Boy Scout Pins

Destination Imagination Pins

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.

Custom Trading Pins Include:

*FREE artwork and design proof

*FREE die charge & setup

*FREE color – up to 6 colors at no additional charge

*FREE shipping

*FAST Production – Ready to ship in 10 working days or less