About Us

The Winnipeg Pin Collectors Club was originally formed in 1987 by six pin collectors from Winnipeg. The founding members were:

  • Bob Walpole (club’s first President)
  • Denis Gregoire
  • Ron Kolbauer
  • Ron Boily
  • Len Peltier
  • Ken Burdett

It was decided in 1987 that with membership, and subsequent renewals, you would get a free club pin each year. At that time, it was also decided that the pin would depict Winnipeg and/or Manitoba landmarks. Since then, the pin club’s pins have featured Manitoba animals and birds. The only exception is the 2012 – 25th Anniversary pin which is shown here….

During the first year, the club’s total membership was 22. Club meetings were first held in the cafeteria of the Norquay Building in downtown Winnipeg & then the Via Rail Train Station. For several years afterwards, the meetings were held at the Vince Leah Community Centre. The meetings are now currently being held on the first Monday of every month at 6:30 P. M. on the Main Floor of the Norwood Branch of the Canadian Legion at 134 Marion Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. There are no meetings in July and August.

Membership peaked in 1990 (the year of the Western Canada Summer Games), to a high of 157. Members reside throughout Canada, portions of the U. S. A., Belgium, Denmark, and Germany.

In 1988, to promote the club, members started displaying their pins in various malls around the province. This went on for several years. Also in October, 1988, club members took a cruise on the Paddlewheel Queen riverboat.

In the past, the club has actively participated in and/or organized pin trading activities at major events in Winnipeg:

  • 1988 CBC Television televised one of our meetings and aired it on their national program, “Breakaway”.
  • 1989 Pandas came to Winnipeg (Our 1989 pin depicts their visit)
  • 1990 Western Canada Summer Games
  • 1991 Safeway World Curling Championships
  • 1991 Grey Cup Championship
  • 1999 Pan American Games
  • 2002 North American Indigenous Games
  • 2002 Manitoba Senior Games (Morden, MB)
  • 2003 W. Canada Summer Games (Selkirk, MB)
  • 2003 Ford World Curling Championships
  • 2006 Grey Cup Championship
  • 2007 Club’s 20th Anniversary Celebration
    CBC Television televised one of our meetings and aired it on their local Program “Completely Winnipeg”.
  • 2008 Tim Horton’s Brier
  • 2012 Club’s 25th Anniversary Celebration will be held at the Norwood Legion on May 7th at 6:30 P. M. There will be 25 door prizes, a 50/50 draw, a pin draw, an attendance draw, a 25th Anniversary birthday cake, a fruit tray, a vegetable tray, refreshments and many other surprises. Media Representatives from radio, newspaper and television have been invited.
  • 2015 Participated in three days of pre-Grey Cup Festivities at the RBC Convention Centre. Interviewed by Shaw about Pin Trading at the Grey Cup Festivities
  • 2017 Participated in pin trading at the 2017 Winnipeg Canada Games which was held at The Forks during the period July 29, 2017 to August 12, 2017.

Each year our club organizes a pin trading event on July 1st (Canada Day) at The Forks in Winnipeg. Table space is free to club members. Thousands of people attend the festivities at The Forks on Canada Day & our club displays get excellent exposure there.

The summer wind-up is held annually during June, and at Christmas, we gather at the
Canad Inns Destination Centre – Transcona’s buffet restaurant for a Christmas party.

Every Wednesday at 10:15 A. M., several members of the pin club meet for breakfast at various restaurants in Winnipeg (Call or email Ron Boily for location). This was given the title of the Breakfast Club by one of our Australian members. The title has stuck ever since. Attendance fluctuates constantly with several different club members dropping in whenever their time permits and many guests often coming along to join in the fun and camaraderie.

For the past several years, members have been meeting for brunch at 11 A. M. on New Year’s Eve at the Aalto’s Restaurant in the Canad Inn, Transcona which is the North Eastern part of Winnipeg. The popularity of this event has grown into quite a social gathering with members bringing their spouses, family, relatives and friends.

In 2009, club members went for a night cruise on the Paddlewheel Queen.

The pin club has three sister clubs located in Quebec, Alberta, and B. C. Each of these pin clubs has annual pin shows. For more details, please see below:

Le Club des Collectionneurs d’Épinglettes Inc. in Quebec – Established in 1984. It is Canada’s largest pin club with several affiliated branches. The various branches have pin shows throughout the year. The Quebec club is the second largest in North America. To learn more about their pin shows, visit their website at: http://clubepinglettes.unblog.fr/
Pacific Pin Club in Vancouver – Established in 1986. Their next pin show is on February 25 and 26, 2012 in North Burnaby, B.C.
To learn more, visit their website at: http://www.pacificpinclub.org/
Calgary International Pin Club in Calgary – Established in 1989. Their International Pin Show is held in Calgary, Alberta every year during the September Labour Day weekend. To learn more, visit their website at: http://www.calgaryinternationalpinclub.com/
The above is a brief history of the Winnipeg Pin Collectors Club. We offer lots of encouragement to new pin collectors. Our club’s membership list (contains contact information and also describes what they collect) allows members the opportunity to network with pin collectors around the world in their endeavours to locate a “hard-to-find” pin.

The pin club’s mailing address is:

Winnipeg Pin Collectors Club
c/o Ron Kolbauer
649 Simpson Avenue
Winnipeg, Mb., Canada, R2K 1R8

Phone: 1-204-667-4147

Email: rwkolbauer@shaw.ca

Website address: http://www.winnipegpincollectorsclub.com/

36 Responses to About Us

  1. harvey robb says:

    I have been trying to find out what my pins are worth and where to sell. I have 1925-26-27-28-29-30-31 lapel pins from the Calgary Stampede and with this being 100 years I would think there wil be some byers looking for some of these old pins. Any help pointing me in the right direction would be a great help and thanks for your time
    Harvey Robb
    Olds AB

    • Patrick Boschmann says:

      This might be a little late but Im a collector of Stampede pins. Im in Calgary. If you still have Calgary Stampede items I am interested. Patrick

      • Ron Boily says:

        Hi Patrick:

        Thank you for your email enquiry. Harvey Robb is not a member of our pin club. If he sees your email, I am hoping he will reply to you enquiry by email. I do not have his email address. Sorry about that. Regarding Calgary Stampede pins, you might wish to contact the Calgary Pin Club. The link to their website can be found on our pin club’s website’s home page. All the best.
        Ron Boily
        Winnipeg pin Collectors Club

  2. Ron Boily says:

    Hi Harvey:
    Thank you for your inquiry. Unfortunately I am not an expert on the value of your Calgary Stampede pin collection. Some of the places and/or people that you may wish to try for further information are: (1) The Calgary Stampede’s public relations officer. Since this is their 100th Anniversary, the organization might be interested in some of the pins for their historical archives or could at least direct to someone who could be of more assistance (2) eBay – check out some current auctions to see if any of these kinds of Calgary Stampede pins are listed and what values they might have (3) Contact the President of the Calgary Pin Club – the link to their website is on the front page of the Winnipeg Pin Collectors Club’s website. It is quite possible that some of the members of that club might collect Stampede pins.
    I hope you find some of this information helpful.

    All the best.

    Ron Boily
    Winnipeg Pin Collectors Club

  3. R Hufsmith says:

    This E Mail is a follow up to a recent Phone call. I am interested in some help in evaluating some old Curling pins collected as traders at the 1951 and 1952 Canadian High School Curling Championships. 1. Blue nose schooner curling Club. 2. Quebec international Bonspiel. 3. 1937 Mcdonalds Brier( Dominion Curling Championships from the year it was first held in Saskatoon. Many others of course I could photographer for a review it is only a small personal collection but I would appreciate help in evaluating Thanks RH

  4. Leslie-Anne McKenzie says:

    I am looking to purchase a series of 4 pins that were produced for the 2003 Flat Out in Saskatchewan Grey Cup one by the Regina Leader Post, the other Saskatoon Star Phoenix. The set forms the shape of the province. If any of your members would be interested in selling these pin sets (one or both) I would like to be able to speak to them. If any of your members can suggest where I might be able to find a set I am certainly open to that information as well.
    Thank-you for your time with this matter,
    Leslie-Anne McKenzie

    • Ron Boily says:

      A couple of places you might wish to try would be:
      – Saskatchewan Roughriders fan club. You can find their internet address by doing an internet search
      – There will be pin trading at the 2013 Grey Cup in Regina. If you plan on going to the festivities, check out the pin trading tables. Someone might have a spare set.
      – eBay


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  6. Ron Boily says:

    Hi Jasmine:

    Many thanks for your kind words regarding the article on pins. You really made my day. If you have any questions about the pin club, please feel free to email me directly at rjpboily@shaw.ca We have members living throughout Canada, the USA, Denmark, Germany and Australia.
    Ron Boily

  7. Patricia Gudmundsen says:

    I have a beautiful sterling and baked enamel pin. It has a crest and the word Canada.
    I was wondering if I sent a picture to you, if you could tell me it’s value.

    • Joan Kolbauer says:

      If you would like to email me a picture of the pin, I will show it to our members at the April meeting. Whatever details you are able to provide will be most helpful.

  8. Warren Lukinuk says:

    I am looking to purchase some pins, but have had no luck in finding them… I know they exsist… (you can see a picture of them at the link below)


    Does any one know how to get in contact with Judy from ABDcards in Winnipeg? She has them for sale, so her site says, but I have never been able to get in contact with her…

    any help on this matter would be awesome and I’d be most greatful… maybe some pin collector out there has some for sale or trade? I have many disney pins for trade…


    • Joan Kolbauer says:

      Judy is a member of our club and their email address is
      Their telephone number is (204) 957-0142

      Hope this helps.
      Membership in our club is a modest $20 per year, and with that you get the club’s annual pin, newsletters, and a membership list which shows what members are interested in collecting / trading etc. Please let us know if you would be interested in joining. Regards, Joan.

      • Warren Lukinuk says:

        I would love to become a memeber. Do I need to fill out the application form and send it in?

        • Joan Kolbauer says:

          We would love to have you join our club.
          Just go to the MEMBERSHIP link, and in the first paragraph where it says CLICK HERE, you will be taken to our current membership application form.
          Complete it, and mail along with $20. Details are on the form, but if you require any further information, please contact rwkolbauer@shaw.ca He’s one of the founding members and will likely be able to answer any questions you may have. We’ll look forward to hearing from you.

  9. Roberta Hutchinson says:

    I have a pin collection that was my fathers. It was something he really enjoyed doing, however, they are in a closet collecting dust. They should be with collectors who understand and appreciate their value and origin. I have no idea of their value or who would be interested in purchasing them. Maybe they would be better sold individually or as a whole. Look forward to hearing from you as the best way to take care of the collection. In the meantime, I will be putting together a list of what there is. It will take some time as there are at least three boards of pins. Thank you for your assistance.

  10. Ron Boily says:

    Hi Roberta:

    Please phone me at 204-667-6811 or email me at rjpboily@shaw.ca

    I would be very pleased to be of assistance to you in this matter.

    Ron Boily
    Winnipeg Pin Collectors Club

  11. Tracey Stange says:

    I have collected several pins over the years for my own enjoyment but now I have decided to move on to something else. I have about 20o or so pins that I would like to sell. How can I go about doing so? Thank you

  12. Ronald Boily says:

    Hi Tracey:

    If you live in Winnipeg or the surrounding area, you might consider bringing your collection to a pin club meeting to show them to the members. Depending on what you have available and the price you are asking, there might be some members interested in some of your pins. It has been my experience that selling a collection is made much easier by pricing the collection at an affordable and/or attractive price. Unless the pins are rare and/or highly sought after, the price you might get for a collection will usually be considerably less than you paid for them. To try and get more money for your pins, you might consider selling them on eBay. This is no guarantee that they will sell but it will give you a much wider market. Selling 200 pins on eBay either individually or in groups could take quite a while and there will be eBay fees and PayPal fees that you will have to consider. Another place you might try selling your collection is at: http://www.kijiji.com If you would like to discuss this with me over the phone, please do not hesitate to call me at home in Winnipeg at 204-667-6811. Ron Boily, President, Winnipeg Pin Collectors Club

  13. Keith Reid says:

    I just want to know what is the deal with these pins, are they for fund raising? Just curious. How would I get a set if I wanted them, where do I get them and who do I speak with.


  14. Ronald Boily says:

    Hi Keith:

    Thank you for your enquiry about the endangered species pins. Some of the proceeds from the sale of the pins are being used as a fund raiser for a wildlife rescue facility.

    To get the endangered species pin set, please contact me at:

    Ron Boily, 16 Donald McClintock Bay, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R2G 3N3 Email: rjpboily@shaw.ca Phone: 204-667-6811

    So far, the following five pins are available: (1) Polar Bear (2) Snow Leopard (3) Asian Lion (4) Giant Panda and (5) Siberian Tiger
    The # (6) pin of an Asian Elephant is on order and will be available in about six weeks time. The last four pins to be produced in the 10 pin set will be: (7) Gray Wolf (8) Mountain Gorilla (9) Cheetah and (10) Chimpanzee. Those last four pins will become available in the next year or possibly two. All the pins feature a mother and her baby (babies).

    The pins are priced at $5.00 each. Shipping costs for Canada are $3.00. Shipping costs for the USA are $4.00 and shipping costs for Europe are $7.00. Please feel free to order the first six pins now. You can get the remaining four pins in the set whenever they become available.

    Thank for for your interest in our endangered species pin project.

    Ron Boily
    Winnipeg Pin Collectors Club

  15. Jan Anderson says:

    I am looking for a large lapel pin display case for my collection. I found a 16″ x 28″ display case available from a company in San Francisco but before I order it I am wondering if you know of somewhere closer to home (or at least this side of the border) where I could purchase one. In fact, I will purchase two and adapt the second one for my match collection for a nice display of both on the same wall. FYI the San Francisco one is on sale at $80. US, plus $30. shipping, plus any cost of crossing the border so it does get a bit pricey.
    Any ideas?

  16. Ronald Boily says:

    Hi Jan:

    Thank you for your enquiry. $80.00 for a very well made wooden display case with a glass top is a fair price. I am not aware of anyone in Canada who makes them. I have purchased such cases in the past from a company in the USA and was quite satisfied. Have you checked eBay? Please be sure to check the company’s references before making your purchase. Ron Boily, President, Winnipeg Pin Collectors Club

  17. Audrey Rothwell says:

    I have a very old curling pin that was my fathers. It is in the shape of a
    oak leaf with crossed brooms and curling rock on it. The name OAKLAND is

    engraved on the front of the leaf. Can any one tell me information on it?

    • Ronald Boily says:

      Hi Audrey:
      Regarding the old curling pin that belonged to your father, it is very difficult to give you more information on the pin without actually seeing a close-up photo of the front and also the back of the pin. Another option would be for you to take the pin to a curling club in your area and show it to one of the club’s senior members for some advice on the pin. You can reach me by email at: rjpboily@shaw.ca

      Ron Boily
      Winnipeg Pin Collectors Club

  18. Valerie says:

    I have a MacDonald’s Brier 1971 Competitor’s pin from Quebec City….in mint condition plus many others…..was someone from your club looking for one ? Thanks

  19. Danial says:

    Trying to find the value on a pin set I got for a gift for volunteering at the 1997 Cnada Games Sport in Brandon. The pin set has 18 pins in it and comes in a case and has a racoon playing all the events. Just wondering if you would know the value I should sell it for.

    • Ronald Boily says:

      Hi Danial:

      With regards to the 1997 Canada Games pins, as with Canada Games pins from previous years, these pins tend to have their greatest values around the time that the games are held. Afterwards, the pins tend to lose their value significantly over time. Except to a collector of Canada Games pins, their value will often gravitate around $1.00 per pin or even less. You can always check eBay to see what Canada Games are listed and for what prices. Another thing you can do is take the set to the 2017 Summer Games being held in Winnipeg to see what people might be willing to pay.

      I hope that you find this information helpful.

      All the best.

      Ron Boily
      Winnipeg Pin Collectors Club

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  21. sarah says:

    I found a 3 hat pin in a box of things at my grandmothers, I am entering a local fair and it asks for a old pin, i did some research and if there is some sauder*(soder?) at the back its probably costume jewlery attached however the one seems to be a proper attachment, if I send you pics maybe you could tell me what you think, I don’t want to enter a pin in the fair and it be new or not an authentic hat pin. I would like to spare laughter at my expense lol. Small town in Ontario the fair is held (Charlton).

  22. Ron Boily says:

    Hi Sarah:

    Thank you for your enquiry. The best way to determine if your hat pin is older and authentic would be to take it to either an antique dealer and/or a jeweller to get their opinion.
    It would be hard for me to give you an opinion based on only a photo. I would have to see the pin itself.

    I hope you find this advice helpful.

    All the best.

    Ron Boily
    Winnipeg Pin Collectors Club

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