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    

Brand New Hard Rock Cafe Pretoria Grand Opening Pin Limited Edition RareHard Rock Cafe Boston 2009 Fashions Of Rock Complete 12 Pins SetHard Rock Cafe Pin Tenerife Staff Happy 1st Anniversary 2015 Limited Edition 1002017 Hard Rock Cafe Washington Dc President Trump Inauguration Us Capital Pin 2017 Hard Rock Cafe Washington Dc President Trump Inauguration Monuments Pin Hard Rock Cafe Timeline Series 10 Pins SetHard Rock Cafe 12 Letter Pins 35th Anniversary Complete Set Hard Rock Cafe Warsaw Guitar Pick With Roosters Staff 2016 PinHard Rock Cafe Gran Canaria Helloween 2005 PinHard Rock Cafe Anchorage Icon City Series Pin - From Online Sold Framed Set Hard Rock Cafe Online 2017 Sexy Pin Up Girl January Argentina PinHrc Hard Rock Cafe St. Maarten Grand Opening Staff PinHrc Hard Rock Cafe San Jose Costa Rica Grand Opening PinHrc Hard Rock Cafe Tbilisi Grand Opening PinHard Rock Cafe 12 Different Assorted Football PinsHard Rock Cafe Washington Dc~ 2017 Presidential Inauguration Pin 4 Donald TrumpHrc Hard Rock Cafe Andheri Grand Opening PinHrc Hard Rock Cafe Tenerife Cafe Grand Opening PinHard Rock Cafe Gothenburg Viking Girls On Bike 2007 Pin20 Hard Rock Cafe 14 Pinbacks & 6 Lapel Pins Worldwide Guitars Motorcycles Lot XHard Rock Cafe Barcelona Abstract Series 2002 PinHard Rock Cafe Kota Kinabalu - Icon City Series Pin 2015 Le100Hard Rock Cafe Niagara Falls Canada 20th Anniversary 3 Pin SetHard Rock Cafe Guanacaste - Icon City Series Pin 2015Hrc Hard Rock Cafe Ibiza Cafe Grand Opening PinHard Rock Cafe Kuwait Grand Opening 2004 PinHard Rock Hotel San Diego Grand Opening 2007 PinHard Rock Cafe Pin: Oslo Grandpa Troll Le100 Hard Rock Cafe Ho Chi Minh City - Icon City Series Pin 2015 Le100Hard Rock Cafe Santiago - Icon City Series PinHard Rock Cafe Guanacaste Costa Rica Landmark Flag Girls Series Pin - New!Hard Rock Cafe Landmark Flag Girl Series Pin Guam UsaHrc Hard Rock Cafe Ibiza Cafe Grand Opening Dn Guitar PinHrc Hard Rock Cafe Nice Grand Opening PinHard Rock Cafe Las Vegas 2017 Xxx Sexy Porn Film Avn Girl Pin Last One! #92566Hard Rock Cafe Hambueg Grand Opening 2011 Pin*hard Rock Cafe Atlanta Core Flag Headstock PinHard Rock Cafe Pins Lot Maui San Antonio Hollywood Diego Logo Girl Star SkullHard Rock Cafe 2009 Boston Early Days Complete 6 Pins SetHard Rock Cafe Boston 2007 5 Ebay Live Guitar Pins SetHard Rock Cafe Birmingham Logo 2005 PinHard Rock Cafe Pin: Leeds Rugby Bear Le150 Hard Rock Cafe Pin Houston Pick Blast Off With Rocket And View Of Earth (65393)Hard Rock Cafe Melaka - Icon City Series Pin 2015 Le100Hard Rock Cafe Washington Dc 2001 National Zoo Panda Bear PinHard Rock Cafe Angkor - Icon City Series Pin 2015 LeHard Rock Cafe Original Hong Kong Flag Girl Mint Pin No Card #89755Hrc Hard Rock Cafe San Jose Cost Rica Grand Opening Party Vip PinHrc Hard Rock Cafe Ibiza Cafe Grand Opening Party PinHard Rock Cafe Sharm El Sheikh - Icon City Series Pin 2015 Le100Hard Rock Cafe Pin Berlin Dragon And Dagger Series 2017Hard Rock Cafe Pin Online 2015 Sexy Brunette Firefighter Badge #1 Of 3Hard Rock Cafe Ho Chi Minh City Girl With Umbrella 2009 PinHard Rock Cafe Newport Beach Abstract Series 2002 PinHard Rock Cafe Istanbul Belly Dancer 2013 PinHard Rock Hotel Chicago Grand Opening 2004 PinHard Rock Cafe Bucharest Sexy Romanian Girl In Traditional Clothes 2007 PinHard Rock Cafe Pin Uyeno Eki Panda Bear Dresses As Egyptian Holding Red GuitarHard Rock Hotel Punta Cana - Icon City Series Pin 2015 Le100Hard Rock Cafe Niagara Falls Canada Staff Top Of The Rock 2016 Guitar Pin