You could say Curly Walz has been trading curling pins for a while.
“This is my 41st worlds I’ve been to, and St. John was my 47th Brier,” said Walz, a collector who’s trading at the Ford World Men’s Curling Championships this week.
The avid collector has been to curling events around the world and has traded countless pins with countless fans.
“We always used to go to Briers and worlds and you had your club pin and association pin,” he said. “Ours was a hat and a cowboy boot. They all chased you for that, so you trade a pin for a pin and that’s what gets you going.”
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Walz isn’t sure how long he’s been trading for, but estimates it’s almost 40 years. In that time he’s amassed quite the collection.
“You get a lot of duplicates, but I have 40,000 curling pins.”
The most impressive part of his collection is an almost complete set of Macdonald Brier pins. The tobacco company sponsored the Brier from 1927 to 1979. Walz has every single competitor pin except for the first one.
He found a 1927 Macdonald Brier pin online not long ago, but the $2,500 price tag was too steep for him. If he ends up getting that pin, he estimates his collection would be worth over $30,000.
For now, he keeps travelling and trading his pins.
“It’s been very interesting and I enjoy it,” he laughed. “It’s something to do.”