I can't even remember how many times I've been asked this question, "Which Disney pins should I collect?"
It seems like a simple answer for a simple question, just collect the ones that you like to look at or that make you happy.
But it really isn't such an easy a decision if you think about all the factors.
There are lots of types of pins, some common and some very rare. There are lots of themes and characters too. Pins also range in price from cheap to super expensive.
So how do you decide on which Disney pins to keep, and which to trade or sell off? I think the main deciding factor is how much money do you have extra to invest in this very collectable hobby.
Pins usually go up in value over the years, so it can't hurt to keep any and all you can right now.
To start, find which pins make you happy. If you go to the Disney theme parks often with your family for vacation, and the rides or attractions hold a special place in your heart and memories, than you should collect Park and Attraction pins.
You can narrow down a collection to one particular character, like Figment, Stitch, Tinker Bell, Goofy, Pluto, etc. For every single Disney Character there are hundreds of different pins to collect.
Disney Movies are also a great thing especially if you grew up watching the classic movies like the Lion King, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, Toy Story, etc. There are tons of movie pins and even ones specially made for "Opening Day's" of the movies.
Some people like to collect Rare or low LE pins, no matter what they are or who is on them. I think of it like coin collectors, the rarest coins are the ones they want. It is the rarity they are collecting.
Vinylmations are also a collectable pin that they made a large variety of. For a long time Vinyls were the craze. They even traded the plastic figures at the Parks like pins, but don't anymore. Be careful when collecting vinylmation pins though because there are a lot of fake ones out there. Usually (not always) the mickey pattern on the back will need to go off smoothly without a border.
A pin collection that you cannot go wrong with is Disney Princesses. Almost everyone love a beautiful Princess pin. These often come with pretty elements like jewels, glitter, hearts, and flowers.
A newer pin craze is "Food" pins. Disney Treats are a huge thing, like Mickey Ice Cream Bars and Dole Whips. There is a pretty nice amount of food pins out there and not just yummy sugary donuts and cupcakes. There are fruits, vegetables, drinks or sodas, candy apples, popcorn, etc. Lots of these will be in the Mickey Icon shape and also as hidden mickey pins.
If none of these really grab you and you don't particularly care what you start your collection with, then I suggest the cheaper booster or mystery pin sets. These are only around $5.00-$6.00 new in the Parks and even cheaper if you find them from someone like on ebay, facebook, instagram, or in my own online pin store at Everything-Mousey-Pins.com.
You can get pins as cheap as $3.00 ea, just make sure they are guaranteed real and not fake scrappers.
Whatever you decide to start collecting I hope you enjoy your new Disney hobby!
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