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National Olympic (packaged)
Exhibit #3936
ShapeStandard (-)
PackagingBubble Carded
ConstructionOne piece wood
ConditionMint in Package
OwnerRick Brough

What the Duncan "Imperial" yo-yo was to the USA, the one-piece Elfverson "Olympic" yo-yo (and "Pro" model) was to Canada. These classic, one-piece wooden fixed axle yo-yos were typically a Canadian player's first introduction to yo-yo.

National Yo-Yo and Bo-Lo Company of Toronto, Ontario sold the Olympic and Pro yo-yo between 1968 through 1977. During that time, approximately 2 million Olympics and 3.8 million Pro Tournaments were made. Both models underwent a few changes in stamp design during the nine-year run, but the body shape remained the same for both.

Both the Pro and Olympic models continued to be sold under various toy company names -- with only slight changes being made to the seals over the years -- until about 2005. The yo-yos were manufactured by Elfverson, based out of Sweden.

The Olympic model was sold mounted on bubble blister cards as seen in this exhibit. It was also sold standalone from a retail counter display box, next to the cash register near the front of the store.

Compare with similar versions from Parker, Canada Games, Playtoy, and Irwin Toys.

Original retail price: 89¢ CA
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