See all of these books? They are filled with pins. And all of these people? They are busy trading those pins!
“I have a book like this for every year. I design my pin and then I send them off and then I trade the pins for another pin,” Dee Steinbacher said.
Dee Steinbacher of South Williamsport says she has thousands of pins. Pin trading is a popular pastime at the Little League World Series.
“You go through your books, you have to go through their books and see what you like and then you trade your pin for their pin,” Steinbacher said.
Rick Robertson of Williamsport trades pins with his daughter. He says the most popular pins are the ones from the Little League players, since they are hard to get.
“Everybody comes in from different states and it’s always fun to get the pins of the other kids who have come in. A lot of these same faces were here back when we did it,” Rick Robertson said.
But not everybody’s been pin trading for years. Some kids say it’s their first year doing it and they hope to keep on trading pins for years to come.
“After the games and before them we just trade pins,” Max Kruse said.
Max Kruse’s older brother plays for the North West team.
“I got started in regionals and me and my friends just started trading pins and it’s really fun,” Kruse said.
The pin trading tent is open everyday at the Little League World Series.