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Pin trading acronyms, terms, abbreviations, and information.

Every hobby and collectable has its own language, so if you are a pin collector or pin trader,
read on, you might find some interesting new terms!


AC Artist Choice or Artist Choice pins. These pins usually have one paint brush and one pencil as the logo on the pin that read Artist Choice.
AK Disney's Animal Kingdom located at WDW.
Annex Also know as the Showcase Annex. The main pin trading area in Disneyland. Located at the beginning of Main Street USA between the Mad Hatter and the Magic Shop.
AOD Art of Disney Stores located at Downtown Disney, Magic Kingdom, MGM, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Disney West Side and EPCOT.
AP Annual Pass Holder
AP Artist Proof, or an artist concept of a pin to be produced. For every pin created, there exists a series of Artist Proof pins (or "AP" pins). These pins are sometimes called "Top of Production" or "TOP" pins. The "AP" pins are typically the first 20-24 pins created during a particular manufacturing run. Since Disney Pins are known for excellent quality, these "AP" pins are used to verify quality, details, etc. One can tell she or he has an "AP" pin because there will be a small "AP" on the backstamp. Depending upon the manufacturer, the "AP" stamp will appear is various locations and may be raised or not on the pin.
Artist Choice pins Pins made by various Disney Design Group Artists. These pins usually have one paint brush and one pencil as the logo on the pin that read Artist Choice.
Back Stamp or Backstamp A pin’s back stamp contains information about the pin and can include such items as the manufacturer (Disney), copyright information, Limited Edition size, and where it was made. Not all information is always stamped into the back of the pin. Many times edition size is not included. Most recent pins have the Disney Pin Trading Logo, which consists of Mickey Ears and the year the pin was produced.
Bootleg Bootleg pins are pins that illegally infringe upon the copyright and/or trademark of Disney. It may or may not have the ©Disney on the pin. An example is Pin 31718: BOOTLEG - VOTE Mickey For President Click here for a complete listing.
Bump A "bump" is what the board members commonly call a post that was placed for the sole purpose of moving an important post back up to the top of the list on the 1st page to keep it in the "spotlight" a bit longer.
BWBE Bubble Wrapped in a Bubble Envelope
Cast Exclusive

There are certain pins created that are only available for Disney Cast Members to purchase. These pins are found within "backstage" Cast Member only retail locations such as Company D. Please visit the Company D section on the Pin Trading Module to see a selection of various Cast Exclusive pins.

Cast Exclusive pins are also created for the Cast Pin Parties at both WDW and the DLR that are held across property throughout the year.

There is a difference between "Cast Exclusive" and "Cast Lanyard Series" pins. "Cast Lanyard Series" pins are only used by Cast Members to trade with Guests. These pins are not sold to Guests or Cast Members.

Cast Lanyard Series

The Cast Lanyard Series was introduced several years ago as a unique way for Cast Members to trade pins with Guests. These Cast Lanyard Series pins are only available for trade from Cast Members. Guests can trade up to two (2) Cast Lanyard Series pins per Cast Member per day. "Cast Lanyard Series" is featured in a small box on the backstamp of each pin. These pins are not considered "Limited Edition" rather they are "exclusive" to Cast Members' lanyards. Every September a new series of "Cast Lanyard" pins is introduced.

These pins are created by the Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Merchandise Team. They are created so Walt Disney World Cast Members in ALL lines of business can trade unique pins with Guests. The Disneyland Resort has a Cast Lanyard Series that is different from the Walt Disney World Cast Lanyard Series.

The name of this collection will be changing to the Hidden Mickey Collection. The name change is based on the current identifier found on Hidden Mickey pins, a small Mickey Mouse icon. "Hidden Mickeys" are also incorporated into many attractions and locations at Disney Theme Parks and Resorts. We felt this change would compliment something fun many Guests were already seeking.

Cloisonné In the industry of pin production, this is the high-end pin, referred to as "Cloisonné". or hard enamel. It is a die-struck process with the use of special colors containing glass particles. The finished item is hard baked using an open flame and buffed to give it the smooth hardened quality it provides.
CM Cast Member or Disney Employee
Company D Disney's Cast Member exclusive stores located at the theme parks. Special CM only merchandise and many "off season" park merchandise bargains, too!
Completer Pin

A pin that completes a set or series of pins and is usually a pin that is not individually sold. For example, a completer pin may be a gift when purchasing a framed set or a collector framed set. An example of a completer pin is Pin 63868: DLR - The Haunted Mansion® - 7-Pin Collectors Set Completer Pin - Constance.
Completer pins are also given to Guests when "completing" a pin pursuit and/or map, such as Pin 29703: Disney Pin Flowers Pursuit 2004 - Rainbow Figment Completer Pin.
An exception is the recent Hidden Mickey Pins in which a promotion was done where you could purchase a completer pin for a series of Hidden Mickey pins. An example of this type of completer pin is Pin 62720: WDW - Cast Lanyard Hidden Mickey Completer Pin - Disney Bear Sitting.

Core Pins Also known as Open Edition, Open Stock or Rack pins. These pins do not have an announced edition size. Many times you will find these are character or attraction pins. They are usually readily available on the racks and carts for a long time period.
COTM or COM Character of the Month referring to the Oval Framed Character Pins of the Month sold at Disneyland for 2000 and released on the first Saturday of each month.
Counterfeit Pins Counterfeit pins are pins copied from original Disney pins but without permission. You might not be able to recognize a counterfeit pin without having the original beside it. A known counterfeit pin has been made from Pin 4833: Disney Channel Pinocchio on the counterfeit pin there is usually no "Disney" backstamp where on the original pin there is a backstamp. Wanted NOT List Counterfeit/Scrapper List and Click Here
CTT Continuing the Tradition referring to the Continuing the Tradition pin awarded by managers to guests who go above and beyond to promote pin trading.
DA Disney Auctions or an auction site which sells Disney Goods.
DA PINS Disney Auction Purchase it Now Store, which sells Disney Pins at set prices. The pins are usually either LE 250, LE 500 or LE 1000. DA PINS folded in 2004.
DAK Disney's Animal Kingdom
Dangle A pin that has an additional part of the pin "dangling" from the main body by a chain link or several links. An example of a dangle pin would be Pin 9058: Disneyland 2002 Dangle
DCA Disney's California Adventure
DCL Disney Cruise Line
DEP Disney's Electrical Parade, the name changed from MSEP or Main Street Electrical Parade when the parade moved from WDW to Disney's California Adventure
DG Disney Gallery
DGS Disney Gallery Store
DL Disneyland
DLP Disneyland Paris
DLR Disneyland Resort - all properties in the resort area including the parks, hotels, Downtown Disney and other vendors that are on the Disney property
DLRP Disneyland Resort Paris
Domed pins A method of finishing a pin. Domed pins have a cover of clear epoxy or plastic over the top of the pin. This type of finish can yellow with age. Also called Enamel Pin
DQ Disney Quest 
DRTSC Disneyland Resort Travel Services Company
DS Disney Store
DSF Disney's Soda Fountain and Studio Store, which is next to El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood CA.
DTD Downtown Disney. There is a DTD at both WDW and the DLR
DVC Disney Vacation Club. People can purchase real estate interest in Disney Vacation Club Resorts.
e*** A way of alluding to the name of an extremely popular auction site, without actually having to say the name of it. No listing of auctions is allowed on Dizpins.com, there are Sales and Trade Boards here for that purpose.
ELP Electric Light Parade
Enamel Pin A process used on early Disney pins before pin trading became popular in the late 1990's. Enamel is a thin plastic coating on the pin that covers the pin's surface so that you cannot feel any of the grooves on the pin itself, but rather it makes a smooth surface over it.. Also called Domed Pin
Error Pins Error pins have a mistake on them, such as a spelling error, a color error or a design error and it is usually the entire run of the pin. The main difference between an error and a mistake is that an error may be corrected and reissued while a mistake is allowed to sell out. An error pin is also not a production variation, such as when an area of a pin is not painted in or it is painted a different color. An example of an error pin is Pin 173: WDW - First Day January 1, 2000 (FAB 5) Error
Exclusive An exclusive pin is one that is released in only one location or area or on just one day. An example would be the 4th Anniversary of the Disneyana Shop on Main Street USA at Disneyland. There have been a series of pins released each year to celebrate the opening of this shop. Each year they have been exclusively released only at the shop on the Saturday closest to the actual opening day. The pins are usually backstamped with the date and edition size.
Fab 5 Referring to the fabulous characters that started it all. Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto & Goofy. Also, sometimes referred to as the Fab 3, Fab 4, Fab 6 depending on how many characters are currently in the picture. The 6th is Daisy Duck.
Fantasy Pin A pin not created by Disney but is Disney-like. The design would remind someone of something Disney by showing something that would seem to say "Mickey" or another character without infringing on any copyrights or trademarks. An example of a fantasy pin would be Pin 8820: Dizpins.com Magical Holidays to you 2001 Fantasy pins are different from counterfeit pins. Fantasy pins are original designs where counterfeit pins are knockoff reproductions of existing pins.
Flipper A pin that contains an additional painted surface on the back of the pin that can be "flipped" to show that painted section of pin surface on the front as well. Interesting side note: a flipper can spin but a spinner can not flip! many flippers are incorrectly refereed to as spinners. An example of a flipper would be Pin 8991: Disney Animation Legends: Tinker Bell - Little Pixy 1953
Flocked A pin that is, or has an area of it that is fuzzy. An of a flocked pin would be: Pin 7953: Sulley with Fuzzy Belly.
Free-D Fastened rubber element on a pin for extra dimension. FREE D is an acronym for Fastened Rubber Element for Extra Dimension.
Guppy A child of a pin shark. A child who has been taught the value of pins and instructed on what kind of pins to look for with the sole intent of taking advantage of other pin traders for their parents profit or gain. These children usually only offer up ordinary core pins for trade, but will only want and except low LE's.
GWP Gift with Purchase usually referring to the free pins and maps given with a $15.00 purchase at the Disneyland Resort Parks
Happy Pin Dance Often used on the Discussion Boards when a pin collector get a Holy Grail in a trade or a good deal. Used to share the joy of pin trading!
HG Every pin trader has at least one! This is "the" pin that you "must have" to complete a collection or ultimate trade. These pins are usually wanted by many people and are usually very limited editions or hard to find characters. These can also be as simple as a rack pin that is almost impossible to find. Each trader's HG is as individual as the trader is.
Holy Grail Pin Every pin trader has at least one! This is "the" pin that you "must have" to complete a collection or ultimate trade. These pins are usually wanted by many people and are usually very limited editions or hard to find characters. These can also be as simple as a rack pin that is almost impossible to find. Each trader's Holy Grail is as individual as the trader is.
HTF Hard To Find
IMO or IMHO Discussion board abbreviation for "In my opinion" or "In my humble opinion"
ISO In Search Of ~ a term used by traders when looking for a certain pin to either buy or trade for.
JDS Japan Disney Store, also referred to as TDS
Lanyard The neck strap traders wear to display their pins. There are "standard" lanyards available at the different parks and some AP lanyards either given or sold exclusively to Annual Passholders. There are even some LE lanyards from Disney events.
LBE Little Brown or Little Bubble Envelope or the bubble mailers used to mail those wonderful pins
LE Limited Edition indicating that only a limited number of pins were made.
Lenticular A pin with 2 images on the pin that change back and forth as you tilt the pin. An example of this type of pin would be Pin 2937: Cruella De Vil Lenticular Diva Pin
Light-Up a pin that has lights in it that flash when a button on the back is pushed. An example could be Pin 5775: DCL 4th of July Fireworks.
LMK Let Me Know ~ many people use this abbreviation when asking people to notify them if they are interested in a trade. Another version would be PLMK
LOL Discussion board abbreviation for "Laughing out loud"
M&P Mickey and Pal Shop in Japan. It is an independent store that sells Disney merchandise under Disney license. The stores are throughout Japan,but are not located in Tokyo Disneyland.
MGM Disney-MGM Studios at Walt Disney World
MK Magic Kingdom
MHT Mickey's Halloween Treat ~ The annual Halloween Hard Ticket event held at the DLR.
Mint A pin in "mint" condition is free of flaws, scratches or dings of any kind. It is considered to be a perfect pin.
MIB Mint in Box - this pin is in mint condition and in its original box. Many of the Disney Gallery pins come in boxes as do many pin sets. Also see MIMB
MIMB Mint in mint box... a pin in excellent condition that comes in the box it was originally sold in, that is also in excellent condition. Also see MIB
MM Magical Moments referring to pins sold at the Gallery Stores, usually a LE of 2000.  May also indicate Memorable Moments pins sold at DL
MNSSHP Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
MOC Mint on Card indicating that the pin is in mint condition on its card with no "dings" or scratches
MOMC Mint on Mint Card indicating that the pin is in mint condition on a mint card with no bends, creases or "dings"
MSEP Main Street Electric Parade
MTP Mickey's Trade Parade
MVMCP Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
Mystery Pins or "Surprise Pins" are pins that can be released at any time and without notice.
Newbie Someone new to the hobby of pin trading. People should be nice and helpful during any trades with newbies and children. Remember everyone was a newbie once and if the hobby is to continue to flourish, all experienced traders should take the time to make sure that the new trader/collector is aware of what they are trading away and what they are getting.
NBC Nightmare Before Christmas
On Stage When Cast Members are working with the public in person, on the phone or via email.
ODPT or odpt.com, which is the Official Disney Pin Trading Website. The name was recently changed to DisneyPins.com
Open Edition Pins Also known as Core, Open Stock, or Rack pins. These pins do not have an announced edition size. Many times you will find these are character or attraction pins. They are usually readily available on the racks and carts for a long time period.
Open Stock Pins Also known as Core, Open Edition, or Rack pins. These pins do not have an announced edition size. Many times you will find these are character or attraction pins. They are usually readily available on the racks and carts for a long time period.
Photo Sample Pin The photo sample has the same backstamp as the standard limited edition of 100 pins from Disney Auctions. The photo sample is basically a production sample sent separately from the limited edition 100 pins and used for internal processing of the item. Typically, the photo samples are only offered for auction when paired as a set with the original artwork.
Pinbag Specially designed bag to hold your pin collection or trader pins. Often these bags are soft sided, zip close, and contain many pages for displaying pins. You can also "create" your own pinbags by using a zippered notebook and pages made of CrazyFoam or other materials.
PinPics A website ( http://www.pinpics.com/ ) that lists many Disney pins by name and number. This site is also used to find people that have pins to trade by using an automated Trade Assistant. You will often find people referring to pins by the PinPic numbers or PP# when trading or selling their pins.
PINS Purchase it Now Store from Disney Auctions, which sells Disney Pins at set prices. The pins are usually either LE 250, LE 500 or LE 1000. DA PINS folded in 2004.
Pinventory

A list of the pins you currently own. Also a page on Dizpins.com with pin groupings.

PLMK Please Let Me Know ~ many people use this abbreviation when asking people to notify them if they are interested in a trade. A shortened version would be LMK
PO Post Office
POH Piece of History Pins, which are pins released by WDW and contain "parts" of various rides or attractions from the resort.
POM Pin of the Month referring to the Commemorative Edition pins from any of the Disney venues that are released one pin per month.
PP# Numbers used by PinPics.com to refer to a particular Disney pin. A standardized number used by both traders and sellers. http://www.pinpics.com/
PTN Pin Trading Night, which usually refers to Disney sanctioned pin trading nights held at various locations on property.
PTP Pin Trader Pin referring to the CM pins released to CM to commemorate the start of Pin Trading at the various Disney Parks. The common elements of these pin include they usually are round, have a banner across the face and have a colored ring for a border.
Rack Pins Also known as Core, Open Edition, or Open Stock pins. These pins do not have an announced edition size. Many times you will find these are character or attraction pins. They are usually readily available on the racks and carts for a long time period.
RSP RSP Form or Random Selection Process Form is the method used to randomly pick the pins of your choice by preference during an (pin) event. Usually you fill in your selection of pins based on the order of preference and a computer then randomly selects the pins you will be allowed to purchase.
Scrapper Scrappers are pins that were made in the factories in China over the allotment made by Disney. Are they a Disney pin? Yes they are.. but they are pins over and above the allotment "ordered" by Disney. So in essence, they could be called illegally made Disney Pins. Sometimes when the "second run" of the pin is done, there are differences noted, but it can only be known comparing two pins side by side. These pins can also be classified as counterfeits.

Also, if the pin is made for Disney, and there is some error or variation noted, the pin is "thrown on the floor" to be "discarded". Unfortunately, they are not discarded and those may be the pins you are seeing being sold. When a pin is made, a mold is used. For whatever reason, the mold is not destroyed, so these pins can be reproduced again. What is happening, is that some overseas factories are making more pins for individuals who ask for them.

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Set Also called "Series" or "Complete Set," sets are a series of pins that go together. All of the pins have something in common. (Example: All the characters from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Walt Disney World Hat Series, Disneyland's International Mickey Series)
Shark Any pin trader who knowingly takes unfair advantage of a less knowledgeable pin trader. Also, a pin trader who uses unfair practices to obtain more than his or her allotted share of Limited Edition or Special release pins.
Showcase or Showcase Annex Also know as the Annex. The main pin trading area in Disneyland. Located at the beginning of Main Street USA between the Mad Hatter and the Magic Shop.
Slider A pin that has a moveable part that can "slide" from one section of the pin front to another section of the pin front. An example of a slider pin would be Pin 6280: Mickey and Goofy Pin Trading Slider.
Spinner A pin that has a spinning mechanism that moves a part of the pin 360 degrees displaying the pin surface at all times. An example is the Pin 3985: Main Street Electrical Parade Farewell Spring 2001 (this is the PinPics number or PP# for reference)
SPT
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ST
Super Pin Trader or Super Trader  They wear vests with approx. 75 pins on them. They will trade for any other Disney Pin that they already do not have on their vest.  They also sometime turn their pin vest inside out and the pin you pick is the one you get in trade. 
Surprise Pins or "Mystery Pins" are pins that can be released at any time and without notice.
TA Trade Assistant. Pinpics assistant that helps pin collectors make trades with each other.
Tank, the The Disneyland Showcase Annex. The main trading place within the Disneyland Park. Said to be populated by Sharks but it really is a friendly pin trading place where all are welcome!
TDL Tokyo Disneyland
TDS The Disney Store, also referred to as DS This usually refers to the US Disney Stores.
TDS Tokyo Disney Store, also referred to as JDS
TDS Tokyo DisneySea
TOP Pins Also called Artist Proof Pins
TTFN Computer or Discussion Board typing shortcut for Ta TA For Now
VHTF A pin that is Very Hard To Find... Usually one that has a very low limited edition number or sells out extremely quickly.
VIP Very Important Pin, VIP or Very Interesting Pin is used on the news page to single out a pin that is unique and/or interesting. Sometimes the moderators are unfamiliar with the pin and must research it's history.
WDC The Walt Disney Company
WDCC Walt Disney Classic Collection, consisting of mostly sculptures done in 3-D that brings the magic of Disney characters to life.
WDI Walt Disney Imagineering
WDS Walt Disney Studios Park at the Disneyland Resort Paris
WDW Walt Disney World
WOD World of Disney The Disney Store located at Downtown Disney at both Florida and California, the two largest Disney Stores in the world. There is also a World of Disney Store in New York City located on 5th Avenue.
WWOD WWOD or Wonderful World of Disney. A Disney Sunday night program most recently brought back on ABC which airs Disney movies, such as Tarzan or the remake of old familiar classics like That Darn Cat. Pins of WWOD are usually in the shape of a TV with the image inside.
WWOS Wide World of Sports complex at Walt Disney World.
YOD 100 years of Disney pins available at the Disney Stores during the last few months of 2001. This set contains 99 "core" pins plus state pins. You can see the list of YOD pins on Dizpins.com
YOM YOM (Years of Magic) for Walt's 100 Years of Magic Birthday Celebration at DL and WDW

Last updated August 12, 2008 6:37 PM Eastern Time





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