|This "scrapper" Disney Pin has an obvious typo on the back.|
Telltale Signs of a Counterfeit Disney Pin
Nubs. Most (not all) Disney pins have two raised bumps or nubs next to the pin that attaches to the pin back. Scrappers are often missing these nubs.
Mickey patterns. Some pins (especially Vinylmation pins) have a Mickey head pattern on the back. This pattern will extend off the edge and not have a border. A scrapper will have a border at the edge of the pin.
|The real Community Watch Disney Pin |
should say "See Something? Say Something!"
But this pin has an "F" where the "T"
in "something" should be.
Obvious mistakes. Sometimes you can tell a scrapper right away by looking at it. There is one scrapper Tinkerbell pin that has flesh-colored eyes instead of blue eyes. Others have one eye a different color than the other or some other obvious problem. The worst scrapper I have ever seen is a “Community Watch” pin (pictured). The real pin says “See something? Say something!” on the back. But the scrapper says “See somefhing? Say somefhing!”
Colors, texture and glossiness. Some scrappers are perfectly copied except they have a dull color rather than glossy. The back’s texture on a certain pin should be sandy or have raised type, but the scrapper version will not have these features.
Weight. Scrapper pins are usually lighter than real pins. You can especially tell the difference when you hold two pins from the same collection or set. A fake pin will be a lot lighter than the legitimate pin. Once you are familiar with the feel of real pins, you should be able to feel the difference once you pick up a fake pin.
Know the common scrappers. Dizpins.com has a scrapper catalog where you can look at pictures of common counterfeit pins, and a site called PinPics.com has users that will list the differences between real pins and any scrapper pins they’ve picked up.
Use PinPics and Dizpins. Visit these sites to see what information should be printed on the back of your traded pins. I have seen scrappers that look legitimate to the naked eye, but PinPics confirms that the real Hidden Mickey Pin should say Pin 4 out of 5 on the back, and mine has Pin 5 out of 5. Due to that one small error, I know I have a scrapper.
Good luck determining if you have a scrapper or not. If you receive a scrapper, please report it on PinPics and take it out of circulation. It’s unfortunate to trade a real pin and receive a scrapper! Some people are also writing to Disneyland and calling out sellers on eBay who are suspected of selling scrapper pins.
Because of all of the counterfeit pins in circulation, odds are that every trader has at least a couple of scrapper pins in his or her collection. The only way you can be sure (unless you’re an expert) to have all authentic Disney pins is to purchase the pins yourself and never trade them. But what’s the fun in that? Although counterfeit pins may ruin some of the magic, don’t let it spoil your fun, and keep up the trading!
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