If you have the time and the budget, you can design your own trading pins and have them made in any of the many shops now offering these services. But if you are in a rush or if your budget is not enough to have unique pins made, you can instead purchase stock baseball pins.
These are pins already made available in the shop galleries. Usually they are stocked because they are popular. Some shops stock rare pins and some are left over from batch manufacturing during trading season where many commission custom-made pins.
Although one might think that shopping for stock pins is as easy as picking up canned soup in the grocer’s, there are also things to consider in doing so. Since stock pins are usually made ready for shipping, sometimes there are features you might not like or something you might want to change. But that cannot be done because that would mean customization. So before you choose and order for a stock pin, you can consider through some of the following things:
See if the pins in the shop are priced competitively relative to other similar designs in other shops. This way you’ll know whether or not a stock pin will be within your budget. As they are ready for shipping ad there’s no more revision hassle, you’ll find that feature to be quite the deal clincher. Time saved is money saved.
- Shop gallery
By browsing through the stock baseball pins gallery of your favorite or prospective shop, you’ll see the range of their quality and make. You will be able to assess if they are priced just right or which pin would suit you best.
- Pin type
There are many types of pins available in most shops. Some of them are top-quality, sought-after types while others would be more economical and “budget” types. Of course, the quality is never compromised for the economic benefits in the top shops providing stock pins. But since some designs are only available in certain pin types, you might want to check out what pin type does your desired design comes in.
Check the precision and quality of the colors used for stock baseball pins. You want to match them with the real team logos or banners. Usually, these should be close enough to the original design, but some may be a little off due to reasons. It may be because of the coloring technique used or maybe the enamel is the glittered type. Those usually look different than the actual enamel color because of the glitter.
As before, match the design and if it also what you wanted. Some designs are originally made by the shop’s design professional so sometimes, you will find one of a kind stock pins that would definitely be a must-get.
- Number of pins you’ll purchase
This should matter if there are limited stocks of the pins. Inquire directly with the shop for more information so there would be no problem later on. Usually this communication is done before deciding on an order.
There are instances when you can find rare pins in shop stock galleries. You just have to monitor the galleries and have a great timing for your purchases. Discount packages and special offers are gotten like this as well. So, watch out.
You should be able to assess the quality of the stock pins by comparing them with the rest of the shop’s gallery. If the seller has a physical shop, even better, because you can just drop in and check out their stock pins.
If the pin you are eyeing passes most of your considerations, then why bother trying to scrimp for a custom one when you can have stock baseball pins? All it takes are finding powers and negotiation skills.