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Duncan Satellite
Exhibit #3542
TypeProduction
ShapeSpecialty
AxleFixed
FinishPainted
ColorRed/white
PackagingPoly Bagged with Card
ConstructionOne piece wood
ResponseNone
GapFixed
ConditionMint in Package
Date1960
To1962
OwnerRick Brough
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An unsusual Duncan "domed" Satellite. This model is white with glitter in the paint; the rims are red with glitter in the paint too. However, there is no stamp or seal on the domed portion of the yo-yo. It's unknown if this was by design or if it was a mistake in manufacturing. The saddle header card is very hard to come by too. The yo-yo is polybagged but the header card stapled to it is a rarely seen product packaging variation.

The background of the header card has white "stars" on a turquoise sky and a drawing of the exact same Satellite yo-yo (even same coloring) streaking across the sky, right to left. Toys, such as this one, marked the beginning of the end for cowboy-themed toys and western dramas on television and the radio.

The back of the header card has a small illustration of how to string the yo-yo and another illustration showing the proper length in relation to your body height. Also has printed "Donald F. Duncan Inc. Chicago, Illinois" below the illustrations. Based on this information–and the fact that the yo-yo in this exhibit came out sometime around 1960 to 1962–apparently Duncan still had business offices in Oak Park, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois. It's manufacturing plant, however, was based out of Luck, Wisconsin by this time.

From the Duncan website:
"The Duncan Satellite is one of the most easily recognizable and uniquely shaped yo-yos in Duncan's history. The Satellite was introduced in 1960 at the International Toy Fair in New York City. Manufactured from 1960 to 1965, the Satellite is a favorite of yo-yo collectors. A variation on the Satellite was the Sonic Shrieking Satellite, which made a whistling sound when spun."
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