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Tom Kuhn Tom Cat
Exhibit #3079
ShapeConcave )-(
ColorTortoise Shell on black
PackagingDisplay Boxed
ConstructionMulti-piece aluminum
ResponseTurbo Disk
OwnerRick Brough

In 2002, the Tom Cat was a brand new, first and limited edition design from Tom Kuhn. (Dr. Kuhn owns an engraved 2001 prototype without the "Limited Edition" engraving. See the image The three original cats in this exhibit.) It is a butterfly configuration designed by Tom Kuhn and manufactured by What's Next. It was the first butterfly aluminum yo-yo from Tom Kuhn and, in 2002, it was the first new Tom Kuhn yo-yo model in nearly three years. It uses Dr. Yo's Turbo Discs and has an adjustable gap using the enclosed tool. Also uses a size I ball bearing.

Pre-order sales for the yo-yo began in May 2001 but actual delivery took place in February 2002. Supposedly, this model was limited to 500 pieces. The first serial number–000–went to Brad Countryman (owner of What's Next Mfg., Inc.; serial numbers 001, 002, and 003 went to Tom Kuhn.

This model of yo-yo occasionally comes up for auction, but most of the time it is missing one or more accessories. If you are interested in such a yo-yo at auction, use the reference image - "Complete contents" - in this exhibit to help you make an informed bid. (Originally came with the Tom Cat yo-yo, one SB-2 Flight Manual booklet [same booklet that has been printed since 1990], one black leather yo-yo holster, a printed serial number certificate, two black weight rings, one pack of Dr. Yo's Turbo Discs [response pads], one string gap adjustment tool, and five extra strings.)

Original retail price: $125 US (equivalent to $210 US in 2023).

See the original announcement postcard for the Cat series. Of interest, the back of the card mentioned three different "Cat" yo-yo releases that were only available by pre-order: First, the Tom Cat; second, the Fat Cat; and third, the Cool Cat. The first two models were released. However, the Cool Cat was never released... or was it?!

See also the following:
• Tom Kuhn polished Tom Cat with brushed rims
• Polished SB-2 with brushed rims
• Tom Cat & The Rose LE
• Tom Cat 2002
• Tom Kuhn Black Cat.
Other Views
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Complete contents
The three original cats

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