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Bandai Official Spinner Trick Cards
Exhibit #2799
OwnerRick Brough

Official trick cards for the three yo-yo spinner levels: Spinner, Super Spinner, and Pro Spinner.

Yomega, Team High Performance, and Bandai Hyper Yo-Yo of Japan were the sponsors. You had to pass-off all the tricks listed on the back on a given card before you could move on to the next level. Hyper Yo-Yo certification centers--basically officially recognized stores that sold the Bandai Hyper Yo-Yo product line and/or Yomega yo-yos--were scattered throughout Japan. You had to be judged and stamped by a qualified person at one of these official stores. When you successfully completed all the tricks for a given level, you presented your card at the official shop and they would present you with an award.

The tricks listed on the back of the cards were classic yo-yo tricks, most of which were invented more than 50 years ago. During the same time period as these trick cards, Bandai created a series of very small patches with the stylized name of a trick on each patch. You can see one such patch here. See also these other trick patch examples. These small patches suggest that Bandai may have awarded a player with a patch for passing off a particular trick. Or, the trick patches were available to purchase at the official store when you showed the stamp on your card. Either way, Bandai created a wonderful award system for young yo-yo players.

In 2010, Bandai reintroduced trick cards, but instead of paper, they were issued in the form of a plastic card, the same size as a credit card.
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Front of cards, large
Back of cards, large

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