The Popular Pastime of Trading Pins

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT — A big part of the Little League World Series in South Williamsport is trading pins. There is a tent set up specifically for trading pins. Some say it is like trading baseball cards–only more unique.

They come in all different shapes and sizes. Some are colorful, all are memorable. Pins are a hot commodity at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, and everyday, people trade them.

“A lot of the districts will make up their own pins, or the parents will make pins. They come here and trade with other leagues and districts, people from around the world,” Greg Brouse said.

Greg Brouse is from Milton, and has been collecting and trading pins for nine years. He took vacation from his job this week, and says he will probably trade around 500 pins during this year’s Little League World Series.

“These are three of my smaller books. I probably have 5,000 – 6,000 pins,” Brouse said.

Jackson Howey is from Cogan Station, and spent the rainy day trading pins underneath a tent. He says some of them are worth more than $1,000, but most are worth about $40.

“I know a couple of guys who come over from California just to trade pins. They watch the games, but they all make their own custom pins. It’s like trading baseball cards,” Howey said.

Some of the people tell Newswatch 16 they spend ten hours a day trading pins. Some popular ones are ESPN camera pins, and the ones from foreign countries.

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