The first Hard Rock Cafe was founded in London in 1971, but the first Hard Rock Cafe pins were not made until 1985. Resembling the restaurant’s Alan Aldridge-designed circular logo, these first pins were tame compared to what was to come. In the decades that followed, the burger chain produced cloisonne and less expensive enamel-on-metal pins in the shapes of Les Paul, Stratocaster, and Kramer guitars, Rickenbacker basses, drums sets, grand pianos, and even double- and triple-necked instruments. Guitar pins were produced to honor dead rock icons such as Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendrix, and Elvis Presley, as well as living legends like Eric Clapton and Eddie Van Halen.

Some of the most collectible vintage Hard Rock Cafe pins include the first iterations of the Save the Planet pins that featured a blue rectangle in the center instead of a circle, or those with a black rather than red bar behind the lettering (only 1,000 of each version was made). Also scare is the blue-and-white Flying V guitar with the words "San Francisco" on its neck; the pin was originally produced without the city name, and shortly after the name was added, the pin’s colors were changed to gold and red, which are the colors of the San Francisco 49ers, the city’s football team.

Other pins that are highly sought include the left-handed, black-and-white Stratocaster from Stockholm (staff pins from that location were often made in very small numbers); a pink Les Paul made for Valentine’s Day, 1996, in Tokyo; and just about any pin from the Reykjavik restaurant, since all of that location’s pins are made by hand by an Icelandic company called Thorncraft.

Also distinctive are pins that relate to a particular city. For example, you can get a banjo pin in Nashville, a scuba-themed pin in Cozumel, panda pins in Beijing, snowboard pins in Aspen, dice pins in Las Vegas, surfboard pins in Honolulu, cowboy-boot pins in Houston, and cable-car pins in San Francisco.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Comic Character Pinbacks

Comic Character Pinbacks

Mark Lansdown's excellent collection of over 800 pinbacks representing 200+ comic characters from 100+ strips. Beau… [read review or visit site]



Most watched eBay auctions    

Hard Rock Cafe Mallorca Burlesque Girl PinHard Rock Cafe Pins - Selena Guitars W/bagHard Rock Cafe Pins - 30th Anniversary Letter/musician Partial Set From AtlantaHard Rock Cafe Lot Of 62 Limited Edition And Rare Pins With Glass CaseHard Rock Cafe Catania Facade Guitar #2 Series Pin *ultra Rare*Hard Rock Cafe San Francisco 2008 Hippie Girl Series Vw Bug Car Pin # 43715Hard Rock Cafe Washington Dc 2014 I Want You Sexy Patriot Girl Pin - Le 200Lot Of 9 Tampa Seminole Hotel & Casino Hard Rock Cafe PinsHard Rock Cafe Mumbai Facade Guitar Series Pin *rare*Hard Rock Pin Rome Piazza Le 250! Guitar Statue Roman Statue 07 Rare CafeHard Rock Cafe London Levi Jacket Xl With About 70 Pins - Rarely WornHard Rock Cafe Vienna 2014 Grand Opening Shield Lapel PinHard Rock Cafe Rio De Janeiro Greetings From Series Pin *closed Cafe*Hard Rock Cafe Amsterdam Wind Mill Guitar PinOfficial Kiss Hard Rock Las Vegas (( Promo Pin / Room Key / Flyer )) Not AucoinHard Rock Cafe Mallorca Gogo Girl Series 2014 PinHard Rock Cafe Maui Shark Guitar PinHard Rock Cafe Pins - Random Group From Asian CafesHard Rock Cafe Hrc Detroit Grand Opening Staff Pin Very Rare!!Lot Of 31-hard Rock Pins Worldwide-guitars-staff-girls-guys-l.e.-yankees Hard Rock Cafe Munich Lingerie Girl Pin (#41075)Hard Rock Cafe San Francisco 2004 Greetings From Series Pin - Le 500 - #24161Hard Rock Cafe Uyeno-eki Tokyo 2012 Hello Kitty World Series Pin - #5 Japan - LeHard Rock Cafe Pins - Partial Set From 2005 Atlanta Military SeriesHard Rock Cafe London Royal Wedding Guitar 2011 Pin3 Hard Rock Cafe Hrc Shot Glas Pins Birmingham Munich Manchester PinHard Rock Cafe Kota Kinabalu Burlesque Girl PinHard Rock Cafe Dubai 2004 Greetings From Series Pin # 25227Hard Rock Cafe Bahrain 2012 Dragon Series PinHard Rock Cafe Staff Pin GroupHard Rock Cafe Pin: Ocho Rios Jamaica Silver 3d Skull Le300 Hard Rock Cafe New York King Kong Rocks Time Square Facade Guitar Pin SeriesHard Rock Cafe Pins (10)4 Hard Rock Cafe Hrc Christmas Carolers 1999 Pin Houston Phoenix Nashville FtHard Rock Cafe Cayman Islands Guard With British Flag Guitar Pin Le 500Lot Of 7 Hard Rock Cafe Guitars Souvenirs/collector PinsHard Rock Pin Lot 3. 93 Pieces Hard Rock Watch Earrings Necklace Key Chain89pinsHard Rock Cafe Pin: Kona Silver 3d Winged Skull Prototype Hard Rock Cafe Pin: San Juan Silver 3d Winded Skull Prototype Hard Rock Cafe Macau Core Headstock Flag Series Pin 2014Hard Rock Cafe Pins - Caribbean Island GroupHard Rock Cafe Yankee Stadium 2013 Snake Guitar Series Pin - Le 100 - #70063Hard Rock Cafe Dubai Headstock Series 2014 PinHard Rock Cafe Pins - Random Group W/o Cafe LocationHard Rock Cafe Pins - Mexico Cafes (cozumel, Cabo San Lucas, Cancun, Tijuana)Hard Rock Cafe Gothenburg Halloween 2005 Pin LeHard Rock Cafe Oslo Gogo Girl Series 2014 PinHard Rock Cafe Honolulu 2011 Sexy Bikini Girl Rockin Surfboard Drums Pin # 59848Hard Rock Cafe Destin 2011 Mullet Mahi Mahi Fish Pin # 66075Kiss Hard Rock Cafe Myrtle Beach Pin4 Hard Rock Cafe Hrc Las Vegas Pins Pin King Guitar Slot Machine Halloween 19994 Hard Rock Cafe Hrc Fort Lauderdale Pins Pin Palm Sailboat Alligator FlamingoHard Rock Cafe Beirut Houka Smoking Guy Pin2 Hard Rock Cafe Hrc Miami Guitar Pins Pin Marlin Guitar Dolphin GuitarHard Rock Cafe Pin New York Yankees Guitar Pic Giveaway 7-26-13 Fourth SeriesHard Rock Cafe Amsterdam Tulip Guitar PinHard Rock Biloxi Pins Hard Rock Cafe Pin Glasgow 1st Anniversary (le 300) Hard Rock Cafe Pin: Salt Lake City Silver 3d Winded Skull Prototype Hard Rock 2007 Las Vegas Sexy Avn Xxx Bondage Girl Pin Le 500