Duncan 1979 Yo-Yolympics...


#1

Hi.
I was wondering if anyone has more info to share about the 1979 Duncan Yolympics? (Aside from youtube, and what can be googled)
Stock Footage - DUNCAN YO-YO SHORTS 1970s: http://youtu.be/XaqDO_oDDU8

I found this yo-yo today at a flee market for $2. I couldn’t find any pictures online of one exactly like it. I do know it’s from Six Flags Great America in Illinois, but I don’t know if it was issued as prize/giveaway, or sold as park souvenir during the event.

Thanks for you time,
Stash


#2

ive never sseen one of those…very cool dude and a great find i wish i could shed some light on that…i hope someone does though,cuz im interested now myself


#3

In Intrested to, you might have yourself a good “pick”
Can you offer us a side GAP view?


#4

Check your Email; Stash


#5

Thanks for all the replies :slight_smile:

Thanks for the email yoyodoc :wink:
I’m still stumped because the only picture I found of the retail 3-pack shows a different version. Maybe they had a different 3-pack offered at Great America?

Thanks for the pictures,
Stash


#6

Here’s her gap :wink:



#7

Great find!


#8

Based on further research, I think Richard Sengpiel (Jr) was the son of the Yo-yo Queen (Linda Sengpiel)?



#9

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#10

Does anyone know when modified shapes become mainstream? Because that is defaintly not the classic imperial shape, and shows much resemblance to what we refers to as “modified” today


#11

The gap view looks like a bearing (concave even?) and starburst response. I’m gonna guess this yoyo isn’t from 1979.


#12

It’s a fixed steel concave. Never seen one like it. I assure you that it’s from the period…no alterations that I can see.
The outside was dirtier than pictured when found.
The axle was a bit rusty, but after burning through 2 strings in 2 days…it’s polished back up a bit. :slight_smile:


#13

That’s odd. I really didn’t think starburst response was used that early.


#14

???
I’ll compare it to this one when it gets here:



#15

If you are gonna start collecting Duncan promotional these glows a a nice grab :wink:


#16

Got one already :wink:
Only snagged this other one to compare the 2.
I hadn’t added any original Duncan professional , or Duncan slim-line professional yo-yo’s to my collection until now.
I like it.


#17

Upon inspection of my Duncan Incredible Hulk’s gap (with my light on my phone :)) I wish to recant my previous statement regarding starburst response. :slight_smile:


#18

What does your axle look like? Concave?


#19

It appears to be a smaller diameter metal rod than the one in your pic.

When I took the original string off for the first examination I replaced it by winding, I didn’t throw the yoyo.

This time I did. I now remember hearing that whining sound when I threw a Duncan professional 40 years ago or so. Good stuff. :slight_smile:


#20

;D
Concave axle on both, but noticeably smoother spin on the Super Sugar Crisp version (Maybe Teflon coated?), the white plastic seems different quality. I enjoy throwing them.
Here’s some comparison pictures…
Enjoy :wink: