Custom Trading Pins

Trading pins are made to order and can be made in any shape. The Monterey Company will help you select the best options for your design. Option include glitter, sliders, danglers, and spinners. Custom trading pins can be made in soft enamel or in a printed style and are used in custom team trades.

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Looking for custom team 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 players. Sports pins are a great way to acknowledge your team’s accomplishments while also promoting a sense of pride and sportsmanship among players.

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At the Monterey Company, we make customer satisfaction and quality of our foremost priorities. Our friendly and experienced sales department can help you to create truly unique and collectible sports pins with all the most popular accessories. Custom Trading Pins are a memento that will last a lifetime. Trading has become a very integral part of youth sports, and with our wide selection of sports trading pin to choose from, you can create a design that will wow your team players.

From the moment you reach out to the Monterey Company, we want you to feel like you a found the best pin company. We also want to collaborate with you in creating something of which you can be proud of. Your pins will be unique to you, made with your interpretation of fandom, of your love of a place, or of your connection to the thing you are commemorating. It will be in the metal you choose, will have the details of customizable dimension, and will be coated in the color that matches the spirit of whatever it is you are trying to capture. We have everything you need to generate the exact design you’re after.  

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Why Team Pin Trading?

Our passions are amongst the things that define us most. We affiliate ourselves with the things we love and find identity in them. Have a conversation with a sports fan and watch them gush about their team’s biggest victories. Those victories are his victories too. Talk to a former competitor about her Alma Mater's latest loss. She still feels the sting as if it were her own.

People take pride in the teams and organizations they support and wear that pride on their sleeves. We make wearing this pride a lot easier by creating custom lapel pins made for whatever it is your support. And the best part is- you aren’t limited to pinning them on your sleeves. Customizable in shape, size, dimension, and color, you can create the perfect design to sit happily on hats, backpacks, jackets, and more.

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How Did Trading Pins Sports Get Started?

Although trading pins amongst youth organizations are only growing in relevance by the year, it’s a tradition that’s actually been around for decades. Following the trend started by the World Olympics, Little League Baseball implemented teams in 1983. With each team designing something unique to the players and region in which they existed, they created phenomena to be adopted across a multitude of youth sports organizations today.

When players began using custom team pins as an opportunity to trade and to connect with members of other teams and organizations by exchanging the pieces designed and made for them with those of the players and fans from their opposing teams, they forged connections and friendships to be carried with them long after the games ended. This exchange promoted the idea that a sporting event is about so much more than winning or losing, but rather, an opportunity to rally around and find togetherness in love of something. Youth sports, in particular, teach kids that differences, like race, gender, and socio-economic status, are obsolete on the playing field, and that by playing together, we discover we have so much more in common than we realize. 

Due to the success in the Little League Baseball organization, trading pins are found in almost any sport in which youth participate today. From hockey leagues to basketball tournaments, and gymnastic competitions to soccer programs, trading forges connections and building friendships one team at a time.

Team trading Pins Including Soccer & Hockey

Creations bearing your team, club, or organization’s emblem can do so much more than jazz up your attire. They can promote camaraderie through people who support the same things you do, and bridge gaps between fans of opposing teams and organizations. Because some things in life bring us closer together, and custom trading pins are one of the surest examples. Sport trading pins have been popular for years, with particular seasons, victories, and celebrations commemorated through custom designs. Did your favorite professional team win the championship game? Did your child’s high school track their win at their conference meet? Did the local club celebrate a milestone year of participation?  

Made To Order Custom Sport Team Pins by The Monterey Company

The Monterey Company offers a wide array of customizable options so that you and your teammates can create custom team designs that will impress even the most seasoned team 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 at wholesale amounts and prices for added savings!

Trends in custom pin trading are extremely dynamic and keeping up with the latest-and-greatest can be exhausting. Not to worry, our specialists are experts and can guide you through the ordering. Custom pricing options may vary according to the size of your main custom trading pin. Our basketball team designs are especially popular to trade. We can help you to create an incredibly unique and special keepsake for your basketball players. We also offer many other unique products like custom keychains which make popular team items.

Optional Accessories Include Blinking Lights, Glitter, Spinners, Slider, and Danglers 

Design Ideas & Enhancements

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The Best Trading Pin Accessories

Add LED "Blinky" lights: By adding small LEDs, or Blinky lights, to your custom trading pin, you are adding eye-catching elements that will not only make your pin stand out in the crowd at trade shows and events, but will increase the perceived value of the pin itself. Blinkies enhance a pin's general design, drawing attention to specific aspects that may otherwise have been overlooked, and generally, take your pin to the next level.

Design Bobblehead Pin: There are few things less iconic in sports than traditional Bobblehead dolls. Bring the spirit of tradition into your game by creating custom mini Bobblehead pins with the Monterey Company. Bobblehead pins are a fun way to depict your favorite players, teams, coaches, and fans, with spring-attached heads that will bobble along with you as you cheer and trade.

Spinners make your pin more tradable: The best pins for trading are the pins that strike the perfect balance of creativity, relevance, and rarity. Incorporate a spinner into your design to create a fun element that isn't found just everywhere, adding value and increasing the value of your pin.

Team Pins Collecting

Trading pins are most common in the realm of sports, with many youth programs encouraging their young sports fans to participate in trading. When you outfit your child with a collection of pieces, you provide them with countless opportunities to make connections. When we travel, parts of the places, people, and culture we experiences stay with us forever. A lot of these parts are in the lessons we learn from missed road-turn offs, friendly restaurant recommendations, and the unexpected friendships of new acquaintances, but some of these are in the tangible pieces collected by which we choose to remember our travels.

Trade State Shaped Pins

Need a design in a custom state shape printed for your next trade? Whether for schools, corporations, Disney lovers or sports teams, trading pins are made as a wonderful way to create a community around a shared interest and fond memories.

This design was created for a trading event in July. It's colorful and conveys the spirit of the team perfectly. Using a black plating, a classic embossed style was chosen for this design. PMS colors and glitter were used and the effect is brilliant, sharp and perfect for a custom trading event.

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How Are Trading Pins Made?

Sport Trading pins are made to order and usually include enhancements like glitter, sliders, blinkies, and danglers. The Monterey Company manufactures in the USA and overseas enables to offer very competitive pricing. There are two styles we offer, soft enamel and a printed style. We also offer a stock shaped in case you have a rush order and we normally can rush stock shapes in just a few days. Normal production time is two weeks plus shipping time and the printed style is our fastest made style we offer. Our normal production style can include custom shapes as well as size up to 3"

Two Main Styles to Trade

Printed: 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 styles, and perfect if you are short on time. We recommend a printed style as the number one style, followed by soft enamel.

Soft Enamel: Years ago this was the most popular type to trade. There are thin metal lines separating each enamel color.

What you should know about cloisonné: This is the only style we do not recommend. Cloisonné can have a lead content that is unacceptable for kids.

Custom Trading Pin Design Tips For Your sports Team

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Style & Design – Traders predominately like to trade printed styles, 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 styles of custom trading pins allows us to make a large design without making your trading pin into an anvil.

What Are The Most Popular Sizes For Your Sports Team?  Most players like to trade with other players that have designs that are 1 1/2” to 2 1/2” or larger, but we can design and make your pins to trade to be virtually any size or style?

How Many Should You Order?  We find that most players will trade 20 to 25 per game. Be sure to include extras for parents, grandparents, and friends of the family.

Accessories – Kids will seek out unique designs to make with blinkies, danglers, wiggle heads, sliders, and glitter.

Cool New Trends for Team Sport 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 shapes 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 design are being released, and when the next event will be.

This is a trend of players that seems to be growing across the United States. This seems to be an outcropping of architectural and historic society designs. 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.

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Worldwide Pin Trading

If you are new player to trading pins design, seek out opportunities to get involved. Pin trading occurs worldwide and amongst a multitude of organizations and locations. If you have something you love, if you are passionate about a place, a team, or an organization, you have everything you need to get started. Contact us and begin your journey in making connections, establishing a friendship, collecting memories, and commemorating all the things that make you, you.

Start By Creating Your Sports Trading Pin Design

trading pins customIt's rare these days to find someone who hasn’t heard of sports collecting and team trading. What with massive worldwide societies, like Disney trading groups and p, its become so huge that now there are conferences for team pin traders from all over the world, several times each year. The trend players is for small regional groups to come together based on pin theme interest for players to trade. These groups make plans to travel to one or several trading shows a year to trade, show and acquire new team pins and trades.

This concept of creating a product to trade has been to remember a particular place, country, city, state, park, or landmark is among the newest trend of trading pin-players. Maybe your goal is to collect a pin from each of the 50 states, or from each of the major cities in the European Union. Maybe you want to visit each of the parks nearest you or to collect a sports pin for each of the recognized National Monuments. Or maybe you hope to acquire memorial-pieces from historical sites around the world. Whatever your prerogative, we can help.

Start with a custom piece of a place that means the world to you. Then, seek opportunities to trade the pieces that are uniquely yours, for the trades of others’ in places that you continue to visit. As your collection grows, the connections you make, and the stories of others that you carry with you become the keepsakes you cherish most.

Fortunately, you’ve found the Monterey Company, the place where we take your ideas and your passions seriously. It is no small endeavor to capture the love of an organization and players or of a place and depict it in a small piece of art. That’s why we’ve spent thirty years assembling a group of people that are up to the task. Our trained and talented staff is dedicated to their craft, and our designers find their inspiration from each of their interactions with our customers. We work intimately with you, combining all of their experience, creativity, and artistry, with impeccable customer service skills, making the design process an unforgettable experience.