Baseball trading pins have become a hot item in most sport events, like the Major league, the Minor League, and the World Series. Each player is given several pins they can exchange with fellow players from other teams. This act of exchanging pins is an attempt to promote camaraderie and build bonds between competitors.
The different methods of making baseball trading pins
Anyone who intends to produce baseball trading pins for their team or for their own enjoyment can choose from a wide array of methods. Each varies in their end product as well as in their prices. You need to know your choices in order to make an informed decision and to ensure that the end product is what you have in mind.
In terms of versatility, the most versatile means to create a trading pin would be to photo screen it. Sometimes called offset printing, silk screen, or screen print, this method can recreate whatever design you intend to have down to the tiniest of details. This is the most preferred means of creating pins. Teams like it since it is the least expensive among the choices. Photo-screened pins are slightly heavier than aluminum or tin pins, although they still feel lighter than other pins (especially soft enamel ones). In terms of durability, photo-screened pins can break when handled roughly.
If you are in a hurry to get pins, you can choose to make heavy photo-screened pins. Like photo-screened pins, you can directly copy the logo down to the smallest details and can accommodate gradients or color fading in the design. But unlike photo-screened pins, heavy photo-screened pins are much heavier and are the closest thing to a soft enamel pin you can have, especially if you are on a tight budget.
In terms of popularity, the most common choice of those who are into reproducing trading pins would be the soft enamel ones. If your design is less complex, has less detail, and has a limited color scheme, then you can choose soft enamel ones. Soft enamel pins are also called embossed pins since such pins have an embossed look and feel. The color is hand painted on the pin, thus it takes longer than usual to process this pin. As to be expected, soft enamel pins are relatively expensive as well.
In terms of quality, the highest would be hard enamel pins. Also called imitation cloisonné or epola pins, hard enamel pins are the most durable and the longest lasting among the pin choices. In making hard enamel pins, tremendous heat is required to create the smooth, bright, and hard finish. Most companies and organizations prefer this type of pin for its impressive look and heavy feel.
If color is not your priority, then you can choose die-struck pins instead. These pins come in metallic colors only and is either polished, antiquated, or sand blasted for an additional metallic effect. The design is stamped onto the metal for that dignified and classy feel. These pins are given away as a means to recognize a person or to promote an event.
Lastly, if you want jewelry-like baseball trading pins, then you can resort to requesting cloisonné pins from your local pin maker. Cloisonné pins really benefit from the century-old tradition of glass enameling for that jewelry-like luster and feel. After the pin is stamped, powdered glass is carefully poured into the recesses of the pin and baked in a kiln at very high temperatures. This type of pin is most often used for membership pins or recognition pins, although you may still use it for trading when the need to arises.