Ever hear those words or something like it? I think it’s one of the few frustrating things about our beloved hobby of pin trading – people who are unwilling to trade because of a number. Now, don’t get me wrong – I think most people want equal value for equal value, but there are MANY factors to keep in mind. LE (Limited Edition) number is only one of them and that shouldn’t stop you from making a trade. Unless the low LE modifies what you can get for it drastically, consider helping out a fellow collector. Personally, if you’ve got a pin I want for my collection and I’ve got one you want and they are reasonably close in value, I’ll trade for it! And I hope you consider doing so too. It makes the hobby so much more fun and engaging and I know that one day I’ll return the favor to someone also.
LE is only one factor in considering value. A $10.95 pin that is LE 300 (like most of them at Disney Soda Fountain) can vary greatly in value even with the same LE number. For instance, the recent “UP” collection, Avengers collection, and stained glass Jessica Rabbit Easter pin are all worth far more than a Mickey Mouse Mansion pin (found in the $4 bin at Disney Soda Fountain not that long ago). The former pins go for upward of $30 to $40 each and the mansion pin? Maybe $5. Same LE, same place, totally different value.
Another good example is the Jessica Rabbit Nurse Pin from 2004 – the one that was removed from the shelves. Technically, if you look at the back, it’s an LE 2,500 but is worth far more than most LE 150 pins out there. There are a lot of circumstances why, but that was simply a more drastic example to bring home the point – LE is just an indicator and not a true measure of value.
I wanted to trade a LE 1500 D23 It’s A Small World Holiday Pin 2010 for a LE 1000 pin and the person was totally willing to trade until they heard that mine was a higher LE than his. All of a sudden my pin was the kid who didn’t get picked for kickball at recess. Now mind you, my pin originally cost $19.95 and his cost only $10.95. Mine was nearly double his and even at eBay values, mine was worth more than his. I just wanted it for my collection. But that LE hung him up and it’s happened a number of times. I sell, trade, and buy enough pins on eBay and off to know the values pretty well. It was a good deal for him, but I just wanted the pin. His only hold up – the LE. And he had more than one. Help a brother out. If you’ve got extra and you like the pin you are trading for, then cut a guy a break. And yes, I have traded a lower value on my end for a higher value on the other if its something I really want or just because I like it. And for the most part people have been kind in return. Try it! Pass on the love.