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Duncan Professional - Roy Acuff
Exhibit #4045
TypeSpecial Release
ShapeStandard (-)
AxleFixed
FinishUnfinished
ColorWhite
PackagingDisplay Boxed
ConstructionMulti-piece plastic
ResponseStarburst
Diameter59 mm
Width28 mm
GapFixed
Weight45 gm
ConditionMint in Package
Date1980
To1984
OwnerRick Brough
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Roy Claxton Acuff was a popular country music singer and entertainer for many years at the Grand Ole Opry, a weekly country music stage concert in Nashville, Tennessee. Mr. Acuff also occasionally used a yo-yo during his performances.

Sometime in the early 1980s, Duncan released their Professional model with a photographic picture of Roy Acuff holding his violin along with a facsimile of his signature, on one side; the opposite side had the "Opryland USA" logo. This yo-yo came in a display box and retailed for $2.00. In 1999, Infinite Illusions sold a limited supply of this model; two per order. At the time, they were selling them as new, old stock for $25. Note the barcode on the bottom flap of the box. That detail helps with the approximate time of this yo-yo's release. Though bar code technology had existed in the grocery trade since 1974, the technology did not take off in retail business until the early 1980s. As such, this yo-yo was likely released in the early to mid 1980s, not in the 1970s as some have suggested.

Compare also to the standard release of the Duncan Professional.

Hummingbird also released a wooden Roy Acuff yo-yo and a wooden yo-yo to commemorate the Grand Ole Opry venue itself.
Other Views
Box front, large
Close-up of face, side A
Box back, large
Bottom flap of box with UPC code

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