Successful Pin Trade!!

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Ahh…pin *trading* a way to get new pins without spending any money (except a bit of postage). A few weeks ago, I completed a highly successful pin trade.

Pin trading with strangers through the mail is risky…you never know the quality of the pin you’ll receive back. I’ve decided to reserve by-mail-trading for pins that I have duplicates of or no desire to collect. These pins also happen to be my hidden mickey pins, which are the cheapest of the pins. So, I’m risking losing an inexpensive duplicate/unwanted pin basically.

I traded two of the parking sign pins (shown in the middle, but different characters) for two Duffy Hat pins I did not have! Here’s Duffy in a Goofy hat and a Peter Pan hat!

The pins were in fabulous condition and clearly not scrappers or fakes. YAY!!!!!!!

Duffy was very pleased as these will go on his lanyard with Duffy in the Dreamfinder’s hat, and Duffy in Captain Hook’s hat.

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Disney Pin Trading: Dory

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Pin Description: Dory from Finding Nemo with her catch phrase, “Just Keep Swimming”

Series/Collection: Finding Nemo pins

Limited Edition: No

Keep or Trade: Keep

Collecting Series: Yes (all Dory pins)

Collected From: WDW in 2015

Jimmy has been hanging on to this one for awhile. Obviously, I’m keeping it…see my last post on Dory. Since Dory is one of my favorites, I intend to collect as many Dory pins as possible.

 

 

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Disney Pin Trading: Pirates of the Caribbean

 

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Pin Description: Skull Logo from the movie Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest made for the 2006 release

Series: None?

Collection: Theme Park Exclusive; I don’t think there was a larger collection for this besides similar Pirates/Movie pins

Limited Edition: Yes, unknown size

Keep or Trade: Keep

Collecting Series: Yes (all Pirates)

Collected From: A penpal friend sent it to me (along with another Pirate one)

I received this in a swap I did with some penpals towards the beginning of the summer. It was an unexpected surprise. This and the other pin she sent were ones she didn’t want from her own collection. I was considering doing collections dedicated to my top favorite rides, so this definitely cemented the idea of doing a Pirates themed one!

 

 

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Disney Pin Trading: Imagineering Pin

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Pin Description: Walt Disney Imagineering Pin with Sorcery Mickey

Series: Limited Edition; Imagineering Exclusive

Collection: Cast Member Exclusive

Limited Edition: Yes, unknown size

Keep or Trade: Keep

Collecting Series: No? (this will likely be a one-of-a-kind in my collection)

Collected From: A very generous uncle-by-marriage whose company does work for Disney parks

This one arrived with my Shangai pin. Another limited edition pin, very exciting!

 

Disney Pin Trading: Shanghai Cast Member Exclusive Pin

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Pin Description: A pin from the Shanghai Resort with Mickey painting a snake.

Series: Cast Member Exclusive Shanghai Resort; there are other ones with Mickey painting other things; but because this is exclusive, limited edition, and foreign, information online is not very abundant!

Collection: Cast Member Exclusive

Limited Edition: Yes, unknown size

Keep or Trade: Keep

Collecting Series: No? (this will likely be a one-of-a-kind in my collection)

Collected From: A very generous uncle-by-marriage whose company does work for Disney parks

The Shanghai Disney Resort is the newest resort set to open next year. It was an exclusive pin handed out to cast members at the resort. This pin was given as a gift by an uncle who does work for Disney. I was incredibly excited to get this pin, it was a complete surprise! I don’t have many Limited Editions or Exclusives in my collection, and this one is very neat! I definitely need to find a better way to display these pins in my home! I have some plans, but I need to get on them. This pin helps inspire me to do that.

My collection started out pretty small and narrow with just Hidden Mickey pins, but boy has it been expanding!

Disney Trading Pins: Mission Space Cast Costume

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Pin Description: The cast member costume from Mission Space in Epcot

Series: WDW 2013 Hidden Mickey Series

Collection: This collection has 5 pins all cast member costumes from Epcot (Test Track, Mission Space, Imagination, Nemo, and Soarin’). However, there are multiple similar collections covering a wide range of attractions, and other parks.

Limited Edition: No

Keep or Trade: Keep

Collecting Series: Yes

Collected From: Hidden Mickey Mystery Pouch; a gift from a best friend

I’m a huge fan of this collection since it’s very park-specific. I’m interested in collecting the other sets of these pins, not just Epcot. I have two other pins: Journey into Imagination and Test Track. I recently trade my spare Journey into Imagination by mail and was supposed to receive a Mission Space in return. I have yet to receive it. So, this pin is NOT a duplicate like I originally thought!!! Yay! But I need to stop trying to trade! My 3 attempts have all failed!

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I’m missing Nemo and Soarin’.