Having so many softball trading pins may be fulfilling at first, but eventually, after all the excitement and thrill subsides, you are left with the urge to dispose of some of them to actually earn some more. You cannot forever accumulate pins and hope that the will be worth millions in the long run. Remember, pin trading is a transaction. And just like any business transaction, trading such pins requires prior knowledge to ensure that it will be a win-win situation for both traders.
Your softball trading pins should be in good condition when you intend to trade them with someone else.
Most soft enamel pins are sturdy, thus they don’t break easily, while photo-screened ones are delicate and can break when roughly handled. You need to make sure that you are handling your pin properly, regardless of how it was made. Softball pins also have pin attachments and you should also check the pin attachment for signs of wear or decay (rust and rust-like properties). The Golden Rule applies to every transaction and just like what it states, you should do unto others want you want others to do unto you. If you don’t want to receive defective, rusty and deformed pins, then make sure you are not trading rusty, defective, and deformed pins as well.
Before deciding about which softball trading pins you will let go, it is important to stop, look, and assess. Assess the prevailing theme of your collection. This is the easiest way to determine which ones you would dispose and which you want to expect in return. You may also look at the attachments and enhancements of your pins. Would you want to have something with the same stylish ensemble? Some pins have sliders or danglers, while others have bobbing heads, glitters, or gems. Decide on a specific exchange rate and prepare to work around that arrangement when the need to arises.
Now that you have decided which softball pins to keep and to dispose, it’s time to find an avenue where you can exchange such goods. Softball Nationals normally happen during the summer months, so you might expect some trading action during those times. Sporting organizations such as the American Softball Association (ASA) Nationals, Amateur Fast pitch Association (AFA) Nationals, and the USSSA Major league normally allot one day in their weeklong events to allow enthusiasts and spectators to trade softball trading pins with fellow enthusiasts, hobbyist, collectors, and even players. Just take note of the date and be sure to clear your calendar for it. If in case the event happens in an area which is not accessible for you, you can go ahead and use the next best thing: the internet. You can go ahead and visit forums or auction sites (EBay, Craigslist) and look for fellow enthusiasts facing the same predicament. You might want to double check your sources though, and remember that if the trade is too good to be true it’s because it is too good to be true.
Be honest and never ever cheat a fellow trader, nor should you trick a kid into a trade that is one-sided. A trade can only be considered successful if both parties are satisfied with the exchange. No matter how comprehensive, how huge, or how complete your collection is, if it were acquired the wrong way, it means nothing. The satisfaction is not real, it is superficial.
Softball trading pins are created to promote camaraderie amongst players and spectators of the sport. Do not ruin the feeling by making ill-acts worthy of being banned for a lifetime in any trading event.