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Pin Trading a Big Part of World Games Celebration

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RALEIGH — The deals are going down. Some are buying, others are trading. The hot commodity is pins.

Fred Huebner has 11,000 different pins.

"I started over 20 years ago and it is something like kids collecting coins or baseball cards," he says. "I collect pins."

Huebner and hundreds of other collectors will be at the Special Olympics adding World Games pins to their collections.

The Mitchell family got their first pin at the World Games in Connecticut. Now Doug Mitchell has a golf hat full of pins and his son is starting on his own.

"The first day we got here, we went to the dorm, ate, and then went back to the cafeteria and started trading with all the other different countries," says Mitchell's son.

"If I can not remember the pin, I go ahead and trade for it because I can not be without one that I miss," explains Huebner.

Athletes and collectors will keep on looking for that one pin they do not have yet.

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Todd Hauer, Reporter
Lynn French, Photographer
Dallas Smith, Web Editor

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