Disneyland Trading Pins
What To Look For With Trading Pins Disney
Disneyland trading pins are a popular souvenir item, even for those who have never visited Disneyland. These pins are small colorful tokens to commemorate special characters, events or locations related to Disney. Disney has always sold collectible pins at its parks, but it was not until 1999 that the current mania for Disney pin trading began. The first pin was supposedly given to Jiminy Cricket by the Blue Fairy and appointed him "Official Conscience".
There are some simple rules of pin etiquette which are rewarded occasionally by cast members who receive trading pins disney in some locations. 1) The pin must have a metal back and be representative of some Disney character, event or location. 2) Only one pin at a time may be traded, 3) traders are limited to 2 trades daily per cast member 4) Don't touch the lanyard or pins of another 5) the pin traded to the cast member can't duplicate another they already have on the lanyard. 6) no cash or gifts can be exchanged on Disney property.
As a subject for a collection, trading pins from Disney aren't a bad choice, they're small and colorful and easy to display or transport. However to purchase even a new edition of a Disney pin general run costs almost $7.00 so it's easy to see how one's hobby could easily become expensive. The after market on these pins are fetching totally unrealistic prices. For example, some Disney pins for limited editions are selling for $200 or higher on such venues as E-bay.
The pins are usually made of enamel or enamel cloisonné with a metal base. Pins are made in cloisonné or with special features such as dangles, Free-D, flocking, light-activation, pin-on-pin, sliders, spinners, or other unique characteristics.
Cast members even carry special Continuing the Pin Trading Tradition pins to reward guest traders for courtesy, and etiquette in pin trading.
There is an official Disney site dedicated to pin trading and several unofficial sites. Private collectors meet in groups to discuss and trade their latest acquisitions. There are so many pins which have been issued that a collector would not be able to collect all the pins. So, the best method would be to pick one theme, character or location and specialize in that sub group. For example, you could collect Goofy pins or Hidden Mickey pins.
Traders say that pin trading is better than collecting, because it requires getting to know other people as part of the trading process. You get to meet people in the spirit of the trade that you probably wouldn't otherwise encounter. Some of the cast members who trade pins wear color coded lanyards so that they only trade with children twelve and under.
Pin trading can cut across all age groups and across all social and financial strata as well. But traders will tell you that it's less about how much a pin is worth on the E-Bay market and more about finding the next pin that fills the hole in your own collection.