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5 reasons to not order from Pins Fast

You hate getting things on time.

Think of the disappointment you will feel when that friendly FedEx courier arrives on your doorstep, asking for your signature. Just as the website said they would when you entered your tracking number. Darn it, don’t they understand that you are a creative, chaotic soul? Couldn’t they have had a coyote drop an anvil onto the truck or something, just to gin up a little bit of excitement in your life? Everything is just so calm, boring, and predictable everywhere else, you were really looking forward to using your phone for hours trying to track down a package which never arrived on time.

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You love a good mystery.

Where is it? Who has it? Has the package been shipped yet? All these are valid questions! But the truth is, if an item is being manufactured overseas, it’s not always possible to track the package while it’s in transit in a foreign country. Sometimes, we just have to take a chance! Live a little, and roll the dice! You’re sure the package will arrive someday. Ok, so maybe you hope it’ll be there by Wednesday, but you know how it is. It could be in India right now. Or Russia! Who knows! Isn’t it fun to think about the weird and wacky journey your pin order must be taking right now? The pins could’ve been made in the U.S. and in only 24 hours, but that would be boring.

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You have all the time in the world to read all about pins before you make a decision.

What a patient person you are! You love to do research for hours. You have the time to read up on all the different types of pins available, how they are made, and what the average production schedule is for each pin. You know how all the different manufacturers source their metals, and the malleable properties of each. You want to learn all about enamels, how the artists get them onto each pin, and how long it takes to fire each color. Other people might just be concerned about getting a good quality pin in time for next week’s tournament, but not you. You’d never be so impulsive.

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You thrive on creating disappointment.

You love it when it’s trading day, and you get to look into your child’s eyes and watch their face fall when you say “Sorry, sport, but we didn’t get those trading pins in time.” Or when your company gets together for the annual service awards meeting, and you have to hand out free hamburger coupons to everyone who has been with the company for 25 years instead of some pretty award pins with your company’s logo on them. Hey, disappointment is part of life. You’re glad to help teach them that valuable lesson.

You hate bringing manufacturing back to the U.S.

What’s the point of creating jobs for hard-working American entrepreneurs who like to create their products domestically? There’s just no fun in knowing that you’re helping a fellow countryman make an honest living, making custom lapel pins whose progress can be tracked online from first concept to final delivery right here in the States… or that you might live right down the street from the sort of people who are most qualified to help you order a pin for your company or team?

Trading Pin Banners

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There are many reasons to order trading pins early this spring. One great reason is because Pins Fast is giving away FREE Trading Pin Banners! Some of our customers just can’t believe the deal until they see it with their own eyes. That’s why I decided to write this post, so that I could explain how beautiful our banners really are.

Our trading pin banners have actually been around for a few years now, and we have received a lot of positive feedback from our customers. In that time we have perfected the process even further. Now we have the production capabilities to meet a greater demand!

Trading Pin Banners for Cooperstown

Many of our customers are ordering trading pins for Cooperstown, the biggest Little League Tournament in America! The teams that are more organized and prepared will get their FREE trading pin banners when they order early. It’s a win-win for everybody because the demand for trading pins in the summer is extremely high and it puts a load on our factory. In order to take off the extra load, we encourage more teams to order in the spring. The best way to do that is by offering a FREE trading pin banner with every purchase of 1000 trading pins or more in the spring of 2015. Since many teams need a banner anyways, they can hit two birds with one stone by ordering early!

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Fill out the form to the right, order trading pins early and get a FREE trading pin banner!

 

For many young baseball players, playing at the Cooperstown Dreams Park is the opportunity of a lifetime. Before the tournament begins, there is an entire day dedicated to trading baseball pins. Teams from all over the nation come to trade pins with each other and it helps the players to know each other before the tourney starts. Trading pins helps the young players learn valuable social skills that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. It also encourages good sportsmanship and compassion. By offering FREE trading pin banners, we can do our part to encourage youth sports.

Trading Pin Banners with Silver Ink

Pins Fast is the only company offering trading pin banners with silver ink. The silver ink is real, not just a metallic color. We print your trading pin design in full color right onto the banner and the metal parts of the design are printed in silver. The silver ink greatly increases the value of the banner. We also include storage and instructions for proper care of your banner so that it will last for future generations!

Our trading pin banners also come with folded edges and grommets, something the cheaper companies leave out. We estimate the retail value of our trading pin banners to be about $200 dollars or more… and we are just giving them away. I don’t know how much longer we can do this, so please order trading pins with Pins Fast today and take advantage of this special offer!

Baseball Trading Pins

Baseball trading pins are specialty trading pins that are traded at Little League Baseball games. They have grown in popularity over the years because they make the game a more memorable experience. Baseball trading pins are most popular at tournaments like “Cooperstown” and “World Series”. At these Little League tournaments, young baseball players are approached by other teams to trade pins as soon as they arrive. The importance of baseball trading pins is often overlooked by newcomers to the sport. For these beginners the importance of pin trading becomes all too clear only days before the event.

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Experienced baseball teams will order baseball trading pins early in the season, from January to April. They know they should start the design process early to get the best trading pins. Just like any custom work of art, it should not be rushed. During the summer, thousands of teams will order each day as the demand increases. This puts a strain on the factories and is why other pin companies cannot guarantee the production time during the summer. At Pins Fast we can guarantee the production time of our standard baseball trading pins, even during the summer. We even offer a guaranteed 24-hour production of your baseball trading pins, a product that no other pin company can offer. We also offer incentives to order early, so that we can be proactive in reducing the load on our factory. Contact our design team for a free design and quote today, you may qualify for a FREE BANNER or 20 FREE DECALS with your pin order.

Most often, we design your baseball trading pins as offset printed (standard). The reason why is because offset printing can produce incredible details without any of the defects that can occur with hand-colored pins. Pins with players names and numbers on them and other fine details should be printed in order to ensure quality production. What’s best about printed trading pins is that they are cheaper, and we can make them in a single day! We have heard only positive reviews from many of our customers after they receive the offset printed baseball trading pins. We work year-round to ensure our factory is ready for the busy summer season.

While other companies are frequently late in their deliveries, we never let down your team. In many cases we have come to the rescue when the other companies let them down. We make sure that your little league team is rewarded for its dedication and hard work.

Baseball Trading Pins Designs

At Pins Fast, we make ordering pins fast and easy. That is why we offer free baseball trading pins designs and quotes, right on our website. The link to the design is sent to the email you provide to us on our free design and quote form. You can view the design yourself and even share with other team members if you like.

Our experienced designers work around the clock to design pins for everyone. We use the best industry standard software and proprietary design techniques. We have perfected the art in order to make some of the best baseball trading pins designs, ever. If you are pin-trading at a local tournament or Cooperstown, you will see many of our baseball trading pins in high demand, each year. Ask our design department to start your trading pin design today!

Custom Trading Pins Fast

When Little League Baseball teams need their custom trading pins fast they go to PinsFast.com. Each year we hear from hundreds of coaches and parents who want the players to have the same experience as other players, but there are only a few days to order pins. Normally, getting your custom baseball trading pins would take weeks. Pins Fast has spent the time and resources necessary to speed up the process. Pins Fast can now create custom trading pins in only a matter of hours, not days. We guarantee to make our custom trading pins in 24 hours and ship them out through your chosen method of delivery, or your money back.

Order Custom Trading Pins Fast

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If you know you only have a few days before your trading event we strongly suggest that you order as soon as possible. We can create your pins in a matter of hours so that if you order early in the day your pins will ship out the same day that you order. If your pins are due the day after tomorrow you can qualify for two day shipping which is much cheaper than overnight shipping. In order to qualify for the 2-day shipping you must order with us early in the day so that we have time to make your rush pins before the shipping companies close. If you wait until the afternoon, it may be too late to ship it out today and we will have to ship them out tomorrow. Shipping the day before your event requires an overnight shipping cost. Typically we pay between $160 to $200 for overnight shipping of pins. 2-day shipping only costs about $50 or $60 and we are often happy to waive the cost if you can order custom trading pins fast.

Quality Custom Trading Pins Fast

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Quality that beats standard printed pins!

Because we are the nations number one resource for rush trading pins, we are more dedicated to research and development. This research has given us the ability to make rush trading pins that exceed the quality of normal printed trading pins. Our rush trading pins are thicker and have better printing and plating than our other printed trading pins. An epoxy dome can be added to your rush pins for an additional charge. To get started just fill out our form on the right and get custom trading pins fast!

Rush Trading Pin Shapes

It is not possible to fabricate the metal into custom shapes in only a matter of hours; so to make your custom trading pins fast, we must use pre-made blank pin shapes. We have several varieties of blank shapes to choose from. Once you choose the shape of your pins our designers will work with you to create a custom image. The custom image is then printed onto the pre-made blank shape. Double pins and clutches are added to the back of your custom trading pins and an epoxy dome is applied, if desired. If you do not want an epoxy dome then an acrylic laminate is applied to protect the print against weathering.

Epoxy Dome vs. Acrylic Laminate

There is some misinformation online about acrylic lamination, or acrylic dome. We would like to clarify things here!

Epoxy Dome

All lapel pins come with the option of an epoxy dome. The epoxy dome is a smooth, glass-like surface that both protects and improves the quality of your pins. The epoxy is crystal clear; it does NOT yellow or discolor over time.

Acrylic Laminate

No standard lapel pins come with an acrylic laminate. Acrylic laminate (or “acrylic dome” as one competitor calls it), is nothing more than a smooth glossy coating. If that is all you need then we are happy to provide it, but for lasting quality we recommend the epoxy dome. It can add 30% to the cost of your rush trading pins order, but it is well worth the expense.

One of our competitors claims that the “acrylic dome” or laminate is more clear than epoxy. Acrylic laminate is a very thin layer which does not protect your pins from heavy abrasion and is not fully water-proof. Acrylic lamination was originally developed for sign companies; it is easily rolled or sprayed onto the vinyl used for rush pins. Acrylic is a very thin lamination and calling it an “acrylic dome” is misleading. If our competitor is so against the epoxy dome, then why do they offer it on their other standard non-rush pins? Don’t get fooled by this fly-by-night sales-tactic. Epoxy is the standard coating for all printed lapel pins because it fully protects and even magnifies your printed image.

Custom Trading Pins Fast & Cheap

If you need a lower price we are happy to provide the acrylic laminate and we will beat the price of any competitor. Our prices for rush printed pins can even beat some of the prices for standard printed pins. The best thing to do in order to save money is to contact us for a design and order as early as possible to avoid additional shipping costs. No company will overnight your rush pins for free as that could easily cost them $200. We also guarantee your 24 hour pin production time in writing. There is no better value, so please dont wait another minute – get your custom trading pins fast and cheap with Pins Fast!

Cooperstown Trading Pins

Trading pins at Cooperstown is the experience of a lifetime. Our Cooperstown trading pins reflect our enthusiasm in designing pins for America’s most elite Little League Tournament.

We understand the importance of pin trading. These are not just trading pins, they are the identity of your team and a symbol of your proud accomplishments. When little league teams trade pins with one another they are learning some of the most important skills in their lives. Important social skills such as compromise, loyalty, respect, and even smiling can go a long way in life. Many players also make new friends while trading pins with other teams. Making friends with the other teams encourages good sportsmanship. Perhaps that is why Cooperstown trading pins have become almost as important as the game of baseball itself. We are proud to take part in this American tradition.

Cool Cooperstown Trading Pins

Pins Fast has designed some really cool Cooperstown trading pins over the years. Some of our coolest Cooperstown trading pins are designed in part by our customers who are willing to communicate with us about what they like. Sometimes the trading pin starts out one way and ends up looking completely different when the final design is produced. We offer these designs for free and you may have as many revisions as you need until the pins look just right for your team. Our free designs are also called digital “proofs”. They are a digital 3-D mock-up of what your pins will look like.

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Cooperstown Trading Pins With Numbers

We get several requests for baseball trading pins with the players names or numbers on them. We can easily add the names or numbers on any two-inch or larger sized trading pins. Adding players names and/or numbers personalizes your trading pins even further and commemorates the Cooperstown World Series for your players.

Cooperstown trading pins with blinkers

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You can see in the image to the right, these Cooperstown trading pins have areas for the players numbers inside of baseballs. If you want the players numbers on your Cooperstown trading pins, be sure to at least tell us the amount of players on your team. If you do not have all the names and numbers we will use placeholders in the mockup until you are ready. We get requests sometimes that mention the need for players names or numbers on the pins but do not tell us how many players or the names and numbers. If we just have the amount of players we can use generic numbers like one through twelve on the pins just as an example. We will do whatever it takes to design the best Cooperstown trading pins for your team in 2013.

Cooperstown Trading Pins with Blinkers

These pins also have 2 blinking lights called “blinkers”. Our customers say that adding blinkers can make one of these trade for at least 3 other pins. Adding accessories is always well worth the expense as it almost guarantees that you will walk away with the most pins. This is the secret to pin trading, and you will be surprised by how many Cooperstown trading pins do not have accessories at all! When you fill out the description of your design, be sure to mention that you would like to have accessories on your Cooperstown Trading Pins.

Trading Pin Design

To get started on your Cooperstown trading pins, World Series Trading pins or any trading pins for any sport – just fill out our free design and quote form. We will respond (usually the same day) with a pin design and quote with no obligation to buy. We enjoy working with you and look forward to designing your pins!

Printed Baseball Pins

Printed baseball pins can be made faster and with higher detail if using the offset printed method of production. Offset printing technology is improving, and designers are creating new types of printed pins never seen before. The resolution is higher, meaning a high degree of sharpness and detail is produced. An epoxy dome is then added the the printed pins which seals and protects them while giving them a glossy shine. With this method, rush pin deadlines of 5-7 days can be met.

Quality Printed Baseball Pins

Offset printed baseball pins for the JacketsRush trading pins can be made to a very high standard of quality. Printing also allows the artist to use wild new techniques and less restrictions. These two factors combine to make offset printed baseball pins your method of choice for your baseball trading pins this year. Printed baseball pins are sometimes desired over soft enamel pins when trading because of their originality and unique look. Our artists are finding new ways to create offset printed baseball pins. One unique new concept is to use the plating of the printed baseball pins to show through in certain areas of the design, acting like a color itself. Using this technique we can make offset printed baseball pins that really shine.

Printed Baseball Pins Fast

If you have less than 2 weeks before a trading event, it is safe to say that you cannot purchase Soft Enamel trading pins this summer. Do not worry – offset printed pins are great for any trading event – including Cooperstown and USSSA World Series games across the USA. You can get offset printed pins by filling out our for for a free design and quote. Just click the button for free art and we will send you your free printed baseball pin design and quote with no obligation to buy.

Strike Force Baseball PinsYou can get your free printed baseball pins artwork for your team just like we made for “Strike Force” absolutely free. Just click the button above and fill out the simple form. We appreciate the opportunity to design great printed baseball pins!

Hard Enamel Trading Pins

hard enamel trading pinsHard enamel trading pins give you and your baseball organization the kind of recognition it deserves. Hard enamel is frequently used for the highest quality lapel pins, and seldom do we see them as trading pins. Trading pins are most commonly seen as soft enamel, which is easier for production and has become industry standard. Hard enamel pins are typically used for jewelry quality lapel pins, whereas soft enamel is considered a bit more rugged, which fits baseball trading pins well. It is also more difficult to get high detail into a hard enamel lapel pin. Sometimes of course we have to think outside the box. When West Garden Grove Little League needed baseball trading pins they asked for a higher level of manufacturing. They needed hard enamel trading pins that look prestigious and last forever.

Trading Pins & Memories

Hard enamel trading pins will be a collectors dream for years to come. The quality of design, production standards and high quality control standards help to produce a lasting treasure for little league baseball players. These hard enamel pins are also a beautiful keepsake for the parents, coaches and fans.

Hard Enamel Differences

Hard enamel is different because the coloring in much more flush with the surrounding metal. You can see on the image examples below, the hard enamel pin on the left. See the coloring on the crossed bats? The coloring is not concave, it is flush with the surrounding metal. This method is generally more expensive but it also creates a more traditional pin. Click the image to take a closer look.

Both types of baseball trading pins display exquisite quality manufacturing. The only difference is presentation. Soft enamel is typically used to get a bigger bang for your buck in trading pins.

A hard enamel lapel pin is more commonly seen on a tuxedo or well fitted suit. A soft enamel pins are commonly seen on lanyards or baseball hats. Hard enamel creates a more classic look by raising the enamel flush with the metal. Both pins are made to the highest quality standards but offer different styles for different presentations.

Trading Pins: Free Designs

Our trading pins are unique pins that make little league baseball teams happy each year. We are very happy to have the opportunity to design baseball trading pins. I decided I would post a few examples of my trading pins today in order to share. There are so many different ways to design pins, and every trading pin designer has their own unique style. When I work with other designers, I try not to influence their personal style. I do make sure that the designs they do are in line with our production capabilities however.

Trading Pins With Blinkers

trading pins with blinkersOur trading pins with blinkers look very realistic. Take a look at the effects by clicking on the trading pins image. The blinker really blinks on your screen! This is as close to a real life representation of the pin after production as I can get. I try very hard to provide visually stunning free trading pin designs each year.

There are so many examples of my trading pins with blinkers, sliders, glitter, danglers and spinners. I wish I had more time to post some other examples, but time is better spent designing pins – don’t ya think? If you want to see your own example, stop by and fill out our free design and quote form for a no obligation custom trading pins design and quote today.

How Are Trading Pin Designs Free?

It is true that there are some who will always abuse my free trading pin design service. In the long run however, most people are good at heart and will work with me to finalize the order. I make sure they always get their pins on time and in good condition. Our customers are loyal patrons who then return to Pins Fast year after year to order their trading pins. Each year we grow more and more loyal customers who appreciate our great customer service. In the end, it’s all for those hard working little league baseball players! They deserve our best.

That Last Handshake

We all congratulate the Ocean View Little League of Huntington Beach, CA for their win over Minami Little League of Hamamatsu City, Japan. Both teams are excellent players and, whether they know it or not, excellent ambassadors for their respective countries.

Even though the game was filled with serious competitiveness and the strong desire to win, after the final game, each team quickly took the field and lined up for a handshake, which in several cases, ended in a respectful hug.

These players and this tournament may play a large role in future international relationships. Both teams have learned to respect the talents and efforts of their international opponents. This is a lesson that won’t be quickly forgotten.

That last handshake, where two teams come together to physically reach out to each other in a symbol of comfort and respect, ends with all players feeling good about themselves, their opponents and their achievements.

Coaches, parents, and sponsors, congratulations for another excellent season.

Robert

Cracker Jack Trading Pins

A customer thought up this great way to present trading pins to her son’s team. She first checked that no team members had any nut or peanut allergies. After confirming that there were none, she bought a box of old-fashioned Cracker Jacks for each team member. She then carefully opened the bottom of each box, took out the lame prize (sorry Cracker Jacks, but these have gotten silly) and then inserted the trading pins, each in its protective plastic bag. She then resealed the box with a little carefully placed tape.

Surprise: Trading Pins

When the team gathered to watch videos and have hot dogs before the next tournament, each boy got a box of Cracker Jacks and found their trading pins. Can you imagine how surprised they were? More exciting videos resulted.

Of course all members received more pins for trading and gifting later, but what an impact that surprise delivery had!

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I love how parents support their teams and are sure to keep the team and sports experience a positive one.

So put on your thinking cap. I’d love to hear what you come up with and I’d love a picture!

Happy Tournament Season!

Joyce