Mockingjay Pin Selling for Outrageous Prices on eBay
The exclusive Mockingjay pin was only sent out to select elementary school students that pre-ordered the book. Surprisingly, considering of the popularity of the Hunger Games series, it is a rare item that a small number of people managed to get hold of. Pre-ordering at Borders or other bookstores will not get you a pin; in addition, it isn’t available for sale in stores.
It appears that some managed to get a Mockingjay lapel pin before demand shot way up. A reader named Andre reported that he was able to get one for $25 on eBay in early June. Prices have since shot up to $300-$350. Considering the rarity, these pins have a good chance of becoming collectors’ items worth far more than even that in the future.
The pin measures 1.5 inches in diameter, with the bird’s wings and tail protruding from the edge of the ring. It is cast with a synthetic material, giving it the look of metallic gold. It was sent out with a card, with a picture of the book cover and a short message written in white and yellow type.
“Get Ready for Mockingjay
The final book of The Hunger Games
Your book will be delivered right to your home the week of August 24!
Until then, wear this exclusive Mockingjay pin just like Katniss!
And look on the back of this card to read a special message from Suzanne Collins about her inspiration for The Hunger Games!”
The previous book in the series, Catching Fire, also had a similar promotion. The earlier Catching Fire pins aren’t as attractive and have a different hue to them.
The Mockingjay pin is integral to The Hunger Games story. Madge gave the pin to Katniss to signal rebellion towards the Capital, and to bond themselves together as friends.