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18-07-2011, 09:08 PM #1
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How to understand Disney Pin Trading
Ever heard of Disney Pins and ever wonder why so many people go crazy for these small pieces of metal? Do you own a pin and want to know more about it? Well, with the thousands of different pins that are out there, it's easy to collect something so small with so many different options. People collect characters, favorite attractions, colors, and even places. There are different types of pins out there based on value, size, and how many were made. Use this guide to get the basics of the pins down and to understand the abbreviations used in this hobby.
Difficulty:Moderately Easy Instructions
1 Piece of History Series Magic Kingdom Pin Pins are identified by whether or not they are Open Edition or Limited Edition. If the pin is an OE, (open edition), this means the pin was sold at the parks or Disney Stores and will more than likely not sell out. They will remain in the parks for months at a time and are easy to find and purchase. These pins can range from $6.95 to $12.95. LE pins, (limited edition), are more valuable because there are a limited amount made. Pins can be anywhere from an LE25 all the way up to and LE10,000 depending on how old it is. Most recently, the highest an LE will get will be 1500. These cost anywhere from $8.95 to $100.00. Most pins that commemorate an event at the park or are in a series will more than likely be LE. 2 Hidden Mickey Alphabet Rex If the pin is not an OE or LE, then it was probably obtained from a cast member at the park. These are called Hidden Mickey pins. They are called that because of the small mouse ears located on each pin. These pins are not for sale at the park and can only be found on cast member (Disney workers) lanyards. To get these pins, you will need to trade one of your pins for a pin they have on their lanyard. You can only trade on one cast members lanyard twice and only children are allowed to trade with the green lanyard cast members. This makes pin trading more of a treasure hunt. Many people collect the hidden mickey pins so there are some value to these pins. 3 Jumbo Pin The size of pins are classified by either mini, regular, jumbo or super jumbo. Most mini pins come in sets while the jumbo pins are more expensive and very elaborate. Most jumbos start at $25 and work their way up the more limited they are. Also, some pins are only sold in framed sets with some sort of completer pin. Those are pins that are only available if you buy a framed set. Keeping a framed set together will increase it's value. These are released during special events at the park as well. 4 There are other key words used in the Disney Pin language. Spinner, dangle, glow, sliding and hinge all describe what the pin can do. Pin-on-Pin means that there is a 3d effect with the pin. 5 To find out what type of pin you have, there is a website that lists each pin released. They will show the edition size, the release date, and even how many people are trading that pin online. It does not show however show values of the pins. You could probably guess based on how many people are wanting it on this site whether or not it is valuable. Most Disney Pin fans don't care about value, only about if they like it! 6 Disney Pin Trading is an addictive hobby and is also very popular. Auction sites right now have 10,000 pins listed to sell on their sites! The gift shops all over the parks feature tons of different pins so it's easy to find them and get started. Hopefully you have a grasp to the Pin Trading lingo!
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