I think you could have 1000 people call D&B asking for pins and it would not change a thing.
The bean counters would say "We used to have a few, they always broke down, they never made any money" and shrug.
The only way they are going to get pins back is if the GENERAL PUBLIC starts playing them ORGANICALLY.
You guys would need to get a real, organized media campaign together:
If you have a league, you need to send a real press release to all the local media, one month before the finals, and one week before the finals.
Look up online what a real press release looks like. The format is pretty standard, if you deviate too far from it, it won't get read.
A press release needs a spokesperson the media can contact. Pick someone from your group that is accustomed to public speaking; a lawyer or teacher for instance.
You basically have to write the article you want to see in print. News writers are generally lazy and will oftentimes copy your article verbatim. Do not doubt that this happens more often than not.
You need great photos. Show last years winner being carried away by a group of players, trophy held triumphantly over head. Someone in your league will have a good looking young daughter, make sure she is front and center in the crowd, looking up at the winner. Do not doubt that if you want your picture on the front page of the entertainment section, it has to have sex appeal.
Trump up the prize money. If you say "The top prize is $1000" no one is going to view your release with any seriousness. Add up all the money for the entire year, in all divisions, and then state "This year the APPPACC prize money totaled over $10,000 !!!!!"
If someone donated an old machine as part of the prize, trump this up too. "This year the winner will go home with his very own machine !!!!!!" Don't mention that it is a blown out Lost World.
After the tournament, follow up with a press release listing the winners with individual photos of each. Show the crowds from the best angles so it looks like the place was packed. Don't forget the money shot photo of the main prize winner - think chaos like they won the World Series. If the picture is just a bunch of guys standing around, it will get as much attention as the guys who won the softball tournament behind the high school.
Be sure to mention that the winner will have a chance at the PAPA finals with prizes totaling over $60,000 .
Try to develop "personalities" that can give interviews if news cameras show up.
"The Black Sheik", " Igor the Russian", "The Unknown Pinhead", "Leatherface" , "The Crippler". The media eats up performers who shout into the microphone "I can never be defeated!!!!!!!!!" You think this is dumb, but would ANYONE watch 2 guys jumping all over each other if they were not made up to be Hulk Hogan, Chainsaw and Andre the Giant? Nope. The media flocks to a show.
If every league did this, and kept it up on a regular basis, the general public might take notice.
But don't forget popularity is a double edged sword - be prepared for $40,000 MMs in the future.