Types of Custom Baseball Pins: Explained

baseball pinsOrdering custom baseball pins usually entails a few choices regarding certain types and materials. This article aims to shed light on the details regarding these types so that you could make a wiser decision upon personalizing your order.

Cloisonne (Soft Enamel) Lapel Pins

Cloisonne soft enamel pins are of the highest quality and demand on the market. In most stores, more than 90% of customized pins are of this type. These are made from a 1.2 mm thick copper base which is plated with gold, black, or silver nickel. Enamel colors are added and the whole thing is baked at 400 degrees Fahrenheit to cook the enamel. As a finishing touch, a transparent epoxy layer is added to give protection, as well as depth and gloss that pin collectors love.

Offset Digital Trading Pins

Offset digital pins are optimal for designs that require more detail and finer colors than those offered by the cloisonne soft enamel pins. These are great for team logos, paintings, and photographs. These pins are made from the same thick material of photo-etched pins, crafted using the latest printing technology that recreates each image directly on individual pins. A transparent protective coating is added as the last layer.

Photo-Etched Trading Pins

Photo-etched pins are more economical alternatives to cloisonne soft enamel pins. The design of your custom baseball pins is etched unto a copper base that’s 0.80 mm thick. Then, soft enamel colors are injected into the depressed areas and the whole thing is baked at 450 degrees Fahrenheit. You have an option to add an epoxy layer to provide both protection and a deep, glossy finish.


The pin designs can be upgraded with a few options:

1) Dangler – danglers are second customized pins which are usually attached to the main pin by a ring. Second pins require a separate design, mold, and manufacture from the main pin. Danglers are usually added to represent a special detail, such as a year or place of a certain tournament. Tip: to save on your purchases, you could opt to have the same main pin design but with updated years, so you can have a collection of pins for different years.

2) Slider – also a second pin, these are inserted through a slot cut into the main pin. The slider pin, which can also be considered a trading pin on its own, adds a sense of action into the pins. Common examples of designs that require sliders are swinging bats, running baselines, and moving softballs or baseballs.

3) Spinner – again a second pin, spinners are added to the main pin through a spin feature. They are added on top of the feature and can be spun with a finger. Custom baseball pins with spinners are considered very valuable. Spinners can be in any form and size, but are usually of bats, baseballs, and softballs.

4) Bobble Heads – another second pin which is attached to the main pin by a strong spring. Bobble heads can move side-to-side and up-and-down. These actions are very eye-catching. These are the most sought-after add-ons by many clients.

5) Blinkers – these LED lights are battery powered and blink when turned on. They add a little excitement to the pins and are often used as the mascot’s eyes.

6) Glitter – glitter enamel is added to colored areas of the pin, adding dimension and sparkle to an otherwise plain design. Although glittered pins look costly and sophisticated, they are actually quite inexpensive, which is why a lot of custom pins request the addition of glitter.

That’s it! You now have a better idea of the different types and upgrades of custom baseball pins. Enjoy creating your personalized pins, and happy trading!