Posts Tagged ‘baseball trading pins’

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Cooperstown is the site for Little League Baseball championship games.  Each summer, teams from across the globe head to Cooperstown, NY to compete in this historic tournament.  Friendships that will last a lifetime are created here.  Trading lapel pins are a highlight of this event.  Each team brings pins that they have custom created to trade with other teams.

Cooperstown pins are some of the most sought after in all of the trading pin world.  Teams bring with them the biggest and most decked out pins they can imagine.  Spinners, blinkies, glitter, and sliders are just a few of the options Cooperstown pins feature.  They can be as elaborate and detailed as you want them to be.  In fact, it’s the details that make custom pins tradeable.

We have already started designing pins for many teams that will be going to Cooperstown 2013.    It’s never too early to start designing your pins.  Contact us today.  All we need is your design idea or vision and we will do the rest.  Our team of designers work with you to make sure your pins for Cooperstown looks exactly the way you want them to look before your championship game.

Visit for more information and to get the design process.  You can send us an email at or call 1-800-252-0904 toll-free.  We’ll handle your request by creating custom Cooperstown pins that meet your needs and excite other players.  Don’t wait until next year to get the design process started.  Beat the rush and have one less thing to concern yourself with in 2013.

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Youth softball and baseball is heating up all across the U.S.  T-ballers to teenagers are in full swing of their seasons with their eyes on post season tournaments.  A few fortunate teams get to go to Cooperstown for a national tournament, but the majority of other teams will travel to other closer destinations for their tournaments.

No matter where your tournament is, trading pin “rules” will apply.  We are here to help you design the best pin possible that will trade better than all of the others.  Our years of experience designing custom trading pins helps us figure out what works and what doesn’t in regards to design.

Today, let’s look at the attached trading pin and see what made this such a successful pin.

Large Size

This is a 2” pin.  The bigger pin, the higher perceived value the pin has.  1.5” is the smallest you would want to go and we have done pins as big as 2.5” to 3”.

Glitter Paint

Glitter paint.  Adding glitter to any pin instantly takes a normal pin to an outstanding pin.  Try to incorporate glitter whenever possible.  It has great “bang for the buck”.

Black Metal Plating

The black metal plating of this pin is really cool too.  Little leaguers all over like pins that are plated in black.  They make the pin look tougher than most other pins.

Unique Shape and Design

Unique shapes and designs allow room for creativity.  The interesting way this pin is cut out was a huge hit at the tournament.

Player Names and Numbers

Customizing the pin with your players’ numbers is a great way to differentiate your team from others.  Personalized pins trade fast at tournaments.  People love going home with a piece of memorabilia from their experience.

Transform your trading pins this year by experimenting with different sizes, shapes, and add-ons.  We can give you suggestions once we’ve heard your idea or concept.  Visit today to see samples of the pins we’ve created for other baseball and softball teams.  You can also email your inquiries to or call 1-800-252-0904 toll-free to request a free price quote and full color digital proof.

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Now that we are officially in baseball and softball trading pin season, we thought we would do a quick blog on the advantages of ordering lanyards with your trading pins.

The first and most popular use of the lanyards is to pin your trading pins to the lanyard.  This keeps your pins in one area and makes for easy access when trading.  Each lanyard can hold a lot of pins which allows you to show off your traded pieces of memorabilia.

Another great use for lanyards is to attach your room key or hotel key to the key ring.  At large tournaments where the players sleep in villages, each player is responsible for keeping their own room key.  A lanyard with a key ring is the perfect tool to help keep track of your keys.

Parents can where the team lanyards to show off their pride.  Tournament officials, coaches and players can all wear lanyards that have identification cards attached in one of our PVC pouches.  Our badge holders come in many different shapes and sizes to accommodate your needs.

The badge holders are also great to hold maps or player rosters.  It has never been easier to just grab your PVC holder and see who is up to bat by checking your protected roster.  Your players can also wear these items to school and keep their ID cards in them.

Lanyards and trading pins are a great pair.  Enhance your trading pin experience by including an order of lanyards.  Visit today to request a no obligation, free price quote and full color digital proof.  You can also call 1-800-252-0904 toll-free or email as well.  We can’t wait to get started on your trading pin and lanyard designs right away.

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Little League Baseball and Softball teams around the country are gearing up for what will become yet another amazing season in sports.  With that being said, you can start preparing for the upcoming games and tournaments by ordering your trading pins early this year.  The more unique and unusual your pins are the more quickly they’ll be snatched up by other teams.

A surefire way to make your trading pins trade first is to come to the tournament with a “wow factor”.  This week’s wow factor idea is to turn your trading pin into a puzzle piece set.  All we do is take your trading pin design and cut it into multiple pieces.  The example you see here has the cut going from third base over to first base

Players with multiple puzzle pieces pins can request that instead of trading evenly, say 2 pins for 2 pins, they can actually get 3 or 4 pins for their 2 puzzle pieces.  Buzz is created at tournaments that your team has the “it” pin and soon everyone will be requesting to trade with you.

Because your pin will be in such high demand, we recommend ordering each player a few more pins than you think they will go through. You don’t want your kids to run out too fast.  We can cut the pin into more than 2 pieces but 2 pieces seems to be the best for trading pins.

Contact us today to see how we can turn your trading pin idea into a one-of-a-kind attention getter.  You can reach us through the free quote form located at  You can also email or call 1-800-252-0904 toll-free for more information.  We’ll answer your questions and make suggestions on ways to make your puzzle piece trading pins stand out even more.

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Softball, baseball, hockey and other sports trading pin seasons are just around the corner.  If you’re looking to switch your design up this year, consider looking no further than your own jersey.  As you can see here, using your team jersey offers a great alternative to traditional shaped pins.  We can still include all of the important information like your team name, mascot, hometown, and age group.

In the past we have even added a bobble head to a jersey which was a hit at all of the tournaments.  Jersey pins are great because they stick out from the pack.  When trading pins, you want yours to be different and you want it to be unique.  Our designers work with you to come up with artwork that is outstanding and eye catching.

If you have a traveling team that has the same logo but different colors, we can actually make half of the order in one color scheme and the other half in a different color scheme.  This is just another service we offer at no charge to you.  We also offer free artwork and design services, free price quotes and full color digital proofs, and free delivery.  These are just a few of the ways that we thank you for choosing us for your custom trading pin needs.

Here are just a few other things you can do to make your trading pins stand out:

  • Feature cut outs
  • Add glitter
  • Choose blinking lights (blinkies)
  • Choose spinning or sliding pieces (spinners, sliders)
  • Choose dangling charms (danglers)
  • Silkscreen player names and numbers on your pins

Don’t waste another moment.  Let Lapel Pins Plus help you create amazing jersey shaped trading pins for every player on your team.  Visit, email or call 1-800-252-0904 toll-free to request your free price quote and full color digital proof.


Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

One question that we seem to get a lot is “What can I do to really customize my trading pin?”  A great way to do this is to incorporate your state into the artwork.  Our team of talented graphic designers can take your state, and use it to help customize your pin.  We have 2 examples of what this may look like should you choose to go this route.

The first way is to use the shape of the state as a dangler.  In the Bruins pin you see here, the state of Kansas is represented as a dangler.  We even put a dot on the location of the actual city this team was from.

In the other example pictured here, the entire pin backdrop is the state of Texas.  We also incorporated the state colors of red, white, and blue to help with the design.  Both of these techniques are great ways to bring your hometown and home state with you to your next tournament.

With tournaments starting in just a few months, now is the perfect time to get started on your design.  Please don’t wait until the last second to begin working on your pins.  We suggest having a team meeting now and getting everyone’s input.  Then contact us with your vision for your design and we’ll take it from there.

Attractive custom trading pins are a phone call or email away.  Visit to see examples of what we can do.  You can reach us by calling 1-800-252-0904 toll-free or emailing  Either way, we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Another tip for the upcoming Little League baseball and softball season.   Consider black metal plating to spruce up the look of your pins.  It is great for trading pins because it gives the design a distinctly classic look.  The best part of all is that it doesn’t cost any more money than our gold or silver plated pins.

We can achieve great details that add depth to the pins because the black acts as a shadowing effect.  Another benefit is that the colors that go against the black metal always seem to pop out at you giving the pin visual appeal.  If you’re looking for ways to set your trading pins apart in the crowd, black metal plating is an option you should definitely look into.

Also just like the pin pictured here, glitter paint along with black metal creates a cool affect that your players will love.  The extra sparkle is often just what is needed to make others take interest in your pins.  At games and tournaments, the most attractive pins are traded first.

Custom trading pins are a great way for players to break the ice.  They give them something to look forward to.  No matter who wins that day, every team member goes home feeling like a champion.  That’s because he or she has a lanyard, pin bag or towel full of trading pins to take home and add to their collection.

Don’t wait another minute to create your custom trading pins.  Visit  You can also email your ideas to  If you’d rather speak to a representative by phone, please call 1-800-252-0904 toll-free.  We’ll be happy to discuss your concept for black metal plated trading pins today.

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Today’s blog will be focusing on how to use danglers and cut-outs to spruce up your trading pins for the coming baseball and softball season.  Traditionally, danglers hang off of the bottom of the trading pin and usually display the year, or the age group of the kids.  Common danglers included a baseball or softball, a glove, or a bat.

As you can see here in this image, this team used a dangler on the inside of their pin.  Instead of hanging off the bottom of the pin, this baseball dangler will swing freely inside of the trading pin.  The way they were able to accomplish this is by cutting out the inside portion.  Cut outs are any area of the pin that has been cut away leaving a void in the pin.

Giving Your Trading Pins More Value During the Baseball or Softball Season

With trading pins, the more cut-outs you have, the more value your pin has.  These little secrets of cut-outs and special dangler positions are all used to increase the perceived value of your trading pins.  The more others want your pins, the easier time you will have trading.  Sometimes, you can even get two pins for your one.  That’s when you know you have a truly awesome pin.

Types of Trading Pins You Can Choose From

Here are a few of the different types of trading pins we offer:

  • Glitter.  Adds sparkle to ordinary paint.  Great for drawing attention to certain areas of a pin.
  • Slider.  A sliding piece moves across a stationary piece easily giving the pin the appearance of movement.
  • Spinner.  Like a slider, a spinning piece is attached to a stationary piece.  Players can use their finger to make the piece spin.
  • Danglers. Small, dangling charms hang off a base pin.  This helps add to the overall appeal of the pins.
  • Bobble Heads. Made to look like a person or mascot, the head is attached to a stationary pin by a spring.  When jiggled, it looks like the head is moving.  This is a popular style of trading pin because it is interactive.

Stay tuned for future blogs with other inside secrets on how to boost your pin’s trading value.  With baseball and softball season fast approaching, you won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to create and swap trading pins.  Visit to see examples of some really amazing pins.

Submit your questions and inquiries to us via our free quote form at, email or call 1-800-252-0904.  A trained sales professional can help you identify things that will help your design ideas stand out at games and tournaments.  Creating an exceptional trading pin is easy when you have Lapel Pins Plus by your side.

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Trading pins are not just for the players and coaches but umpires as well.  This provides them with the opportunity to trade with other empires and with the players from teams all across the U.S.  In addition to making new friends, they also get to collect pins from every state in the nation.  Who doesn’t love having a big and varied collection of custom trading pins in their possession?

At Cooperstown and the Little League World Series, pin trading is an anticipated event.  Every bit as exciting as the tournament itself, players, coaches, and umpires from all over the world gather together to show off their trading pin collections.  They get to decide which pins are worth parting with and which ones are worth hanging onto.  They also get to make offers to other traders in regards to their custom trading pins.  This makes for a fun, friendly, and interactive experience each year.

Umpires Play Big Role at Games and Tournaments

Without the help of umpires (which a large majority are volunteers), the summer tournaments that kids love to attend would not be possible.  These professionals are a major part of the entire baseball and softball experience.  That’s why they all should have their very own pins to trade.

Games and tournaments bring people together which makes it the perfect opportunity to trade pins.  The more attractive the pin the better the chance it will be traded first.  That’s where we are the most helpful.  We have helped design thousands of pins throughout the years and we know what qualities make them tradable.  Spinners, sliders, blinkies, bobble heads, and danglers are all popular trading pin styles.

Classic Design Proves Umpires Mean Business

The umpires that we have created custom lapel pins like to incorporate an image of an umpire in a classic stance like calling balls and strikes behind the plate, or standing in the ready position down one of the base lines.  They also incorporate the city or state where they hail from as a way to personalize their pins.  Details like these add to the overall appearance of the custom trading pins and give them higher perceived value.

Part of the appeal of custom products is the ability to make them personal and meaningful for the people that order them.  That’s why we go above and beyond what is asked from us so our customers can get the umpire pins that they envisioned.  We can take any idea or concept and turn it into a quality pin that everyone wants in their collection.

Visit to see samples of the pins we have created for our customers.  Once you have determined what you want on your umpire pins, call 1-800-252-0904 or email to speak to a representative about getting a free price quote and full color digital proof.

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Softball teams across the nation are gearing up for their tournaments that take place now until the end of July.  We have had a number of teams contact us this week looking for us to design and produce their pins for tournaments starting in a week or two.  We are pleased to let you know that we can still get softball trading pins to you very quickly.

Submit Your Idea or Concept and Sit Back and Wait

All that we need from you is a design idea or concept and our art department will take it from there.  They will draw a custom digital proof just for your team.  Once you are 100% satisfied with your trading pin design, we will help you place your order.  After that, all that is left is the short wait to receive your pin via UPS.

Some Trading Pin Images For You to Think About

Try incorporating some of the following hot images for this years pins:

  • Softball Diamonds
  • Screaming Softballs
  • Players’ Names and Numbers
  • Crossed Bats

We always like to get your input too, so please let us know your vision and we will be happy to create it for you.  This allows us to make trading pins that reflect your team and players’ unique personalities.  Our free proofing process is a great tool that allows you to see exactly what your pins will look like first.

We have several types of pins to choose from depending on when your next tournament starts, please call or email today to see what type of pin will work best for your team.  Visit to request a free quote.  You can also email or call 1-800-252-0904.

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