Thursday, 22 March 2012

Rugby badges collectors guide

Collecting rugby pins can become a great hobby. I've been doing this for years now and my collection includes pins that are linked to Rugby Union. At the moment it consists of about 1000 unique pins and the number is constanstantly increasing. Below I'd like to share with you some of my ideas on how to collect pins.  I hope that some of you will find it useful no matter whether you have only just started your collection or have one of considerable size.

1. Decisions, decisions... to start a collection

Beginnings tend to be similar. You either happen to come into possession of sports memorabilia (pin badges, stickers, pennants etc.) which you feel  it's a shame to get rid of, or you've seen your friend's collection and would love to create one yourself... No matter what inspired you, the most important is to MAKE A DECISION to start a collection. If you've already decided - congratulations - you've made the first and most important step.


2. How to expand your collection

There are a few ways which can help you to build up your collection. Invaluable source can be your friends. Inform them that you are keen on collecting rugby badges. They may come across one at the game or bring you a pin from the holidays. Find out if any of your close friends, relatives or acquaintances collects rugby pins as they may be able to give some  of them up if they have doubles or exchange them for something else. Go on the Internet - Allegro (Polish version of eBay) or eBay where you can buy unique pins from all over the world.  Check the Internet for rugby clubs and National Union's shops. In Poland, it is not very popular for a rugby club to run its Internet shop however you can get some official gadgets from abroad where most of the clubs sell them on the Internet. Look around for flee markets or shops with sports memmorabilia. All this should help you find something unique and interesting for your collection.

3. Categorizing pins

As the collection expands, it is worth to think about categorizing pins and deciding on the criteria of selecting new items. Counting a few pins may not pose any problems but if you own hundreds it can become a bit more difficult. It is worth to know how many pins you have in every category e.g. rugby clubs, Naitonal Union etc. It is up to you to to make a decision on different categories but surely this will help you keep your collection neat and tidy as well as enable it to grow. I would highly recommend that you take a photograph of each item and store it in one folder on your computer. I find it especially useful to use Picasa (free) or ACDSEE (chargeable) to browse through the pictures. Graphic and photo viewers will help you to create a gallery,  as well as will count all items and generate miniatures. If you name your pictures in the right way, you will be able to locate the pin without physically searching for it. Also, you will see that if you want to share your collection on the Internet, the photographs will be the best way to do so.

4. Displaying of your pins

Even the most impressive collection, if not displayed in the right way, may lose its attractiveness. Above, I've focused on computer programms for displaying your collection and now I'd like to discuss the ways you can display your pins in real life. A lot depends on the number of pins. If the collection is relatively small, it should not be a problem. You can use a t-shirt, scarf or hat of your favourite team. Another way of displaying your pins is sticking them in the card board or a pin holder. For bigger collections I would recommend cork boards which are available in different sizes - from a few centimetere to 2-meter high. A good idea is to use the ones covered with fabric as the pins look very well in them. Another option is to use display cases with glass front. As you can see, there are various ways of arranging your collection and it is worth to spend some time as money to make your collection shine.



I hope you will find my post useful. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments. And good luck in collecting new items!

P.S. Also, I'd like to invite you to view my collection of rugby pins.

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