Sports events have a universal appeal and people irrespective of the nationality, creed, sex and age can bond over some of the most popular sports, games and sporting events. Sports, whether it is individual performing games or group or team games like cricket, basketball, baseball and soccer, can serve as a great medium for people from various cultural backgrounds to compete with each other in a healthy and enjoyable manner. Sports are enjoyed by one and all and if one do not like any one kind of sport, then there is sure to be some other game which one appreciates.
Along with great events like the Olympics, The Winter Olympics, The Asian games, The FIFA World Cup and the recently held Commonwealth Games held in India come the various symbol, souvenirs and mementos associated with such events. The first among symbols of the sport events are the baseball pins. These are small, custom made pins for the particular sporting event and they are mostly worn by the competing sportsmen, the organizers, the volunteers and various other officials associated with the event.
These pins had their humble beginnings in the form of small, simple pins used to identify athletes and other officials in the first modern Olympics held in Athens in 1896. The initial purpose of sports trading pins was for the identification of players, athletes and other officials or organizers but today these pins are collected as a hobby and they are worn by athletes to show the various major sporting events they have been part of.
The trading pins are specially designed keeping in mind the logo if any or mascot of the sporting event and it is made with those appropriate colors or symbols if any. A sport trading pin is an exclusive representation of that particular sporting event. With time, these custom made pins were made more easily available so that fans could buy them and add them to their pin collection. The pins are also exchanged among fans of the many sporting events and this exchange of sport pins has become a huge phenomenon today. People really interested in collecting the pins of various important events the world over are ready to pay any price to acquire a particular pin if they do not own it.
There are sporting events for almost every sport played in the world today. Whether it is a worldwide international event like the Olympics or a sport event on a national basis, trading pins have made their way everywhere. Some of the sports trading pins are really sought out for are soccer, baseball, gymnastics, hockey, basketball and tennis.
Baseball pins are really popular in a baseball loving country like the United States. There are various leagues of baseball teams and there are also numerous baseball championships held within the country. Trading pins are exchanged by fans for all baseball tournaments and fans consider it a matter of pride to own the display a pin of their favorite baseball tournament or team.