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Duncan 1953 - 22 trick Champ Award star
Exhibit #1166
Size10 cm x 10 cm
OwnerRick Brough

To my knowledge this is the only dated star-shaped patch design series that Duncan released. There was also an accompanying 1953 District Champion star patch, a 1953 8 Trick Silver Award star patch, and a 15 trick Silver Award star patch. Most other Duncan star patches do not have a year sewn on them.

A player earned the patch by first earning the 8 and 15 trick star patches, and then successfully completing the remaining 7 tricks. It's unknown whether you had to complete all the tricks contiguously at the same contest, or whether you could earn each successive award at different contests. A interesting patch made even more unique and valuable with the year.

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Lodi News-Sentinel - February 20, 1952
Lodi Boys, Girls Invited To Enter Yo-Yo Contests
"Lodi youngsters with supple fingers are being urged to begin practicing for the yo-yo contests leading to a city championship which start here Friday.

A chenile shield goes with the city title. Boys and girls who were under 16 years of age as of Jan. 21 are eligible to compete.

Elimination contests will be held at Needham, George Washington, and Lincoln playgrounds on Friday, and Tuesday and Thursday of next week.

Emblem awards will be presented to first, second, and third place winners in the nine contests.

Eighteen 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, nine boys and nine girls, will strive for championships of their playgrounds on Friday, Feb. 29.

A boy and girl champion from each playground will vie for the city title on March 1 at a place to be announced later.

Boy playground champions will receive sweaters. Girl winners receive gold charm yo-yo's.

Contest times will be announced to children by their playground directors. Ralph Wetmore and Robert Tamblin are in charge of Needham contests; Bill Cencirulo will direct activites at George Washington; and Judy Reggelbregge will preside at Lincoln.

Recreation Director Ed DeBenedetti will appoint other judges to assist him in the playground finals and city championship contest. Playground contestants will be judged by the directors."

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1953 Award patch set, front
1953 Award patch set, back

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