Inside Page Featured Image - Softball Trading PinsHow Are Trading Pins made?

Most trading pins are made overseas in factories with 200 – 300 employees but, in our case, our main factory has thousand of employees. USA made trading 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 many 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 trading pins can be made faster than any other pin style and we suggest this style if you are short on time. We recommend printed trading 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 have a lead content that is unacceptable for kids. We only make Cloisonné Pins for adults and usually found as a rich color to use in police badges. But trading pins? NO! The Monterey Company, Inc. will not knowingly sell products containing lead levels higher than 30ppm. We have discontinued selling cloisonné trading pins at until lead levels in cloisonné meet our standards.

If you need further information please review the law here: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

What kind of trading pins do we create?

Baseball Trading Pins

Softball Trading Pins

Basketball Trading Pins

Fastpitch Trading Pins

Little League Trading Pins

Hockey Trading Pins

Destination Imagination Pins

Here are some custom trading pin tips to help guide you as you decide on the design of your trading pin:

Trading Pins 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 Size Trading Pins Are The Most Popular?  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 Trading 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.

Trading Pins & Accessories – Kids will seek out the trading 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

What kind of options are available for custom trading pins?
We offer many options and pin styles that trading pins can be created in.

The first step in creating your custom trading pins is to contact us by phone or quote request form and one of our sales representatives will contact you regarding your design. Please fill out our free quote request form or call us at (877) 290-9290. We will make suggestions for the best options available to create your lapel pins to fit your desired budget!