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Duncan Original FreeHand
Exhibit #549
ShapeConcave )-(
ColorRed with White Caps
PackagingBubble Carded
ConstructionMulti-piece plastic
ResponseFriction Sticker
Diameter2.25" Dia
GapAdjustable - Spacers
Weight66 g
Estimated Value$45
OwnerDavid Hall

This is the FreeHand yo-yo that started it all. These days it's known as the FreeHand 1 or Original FreeHand, but back then it was just the "FreeHand". Released towards the very end of the craze in the late 1990's, this model put Duncan back on the map for high performance yo-yos. Made with a prototype mold that later was destroyed, this model led to all the FreeHand models from Duncan, including the MG.

Designed by Steve Brown, it opened up the entire realm of FreeHand play and the idea of counterweights on yo-yos. Very popular, but plagued with production problems, the only proto mold was finally deemed unusable by Duncan, and production stopped. The FreeHand Zero replaced it in the Duncan line, but not until 2004.

All original FreeHands are highly sought after by collectors, and becoming more and more difficult to find. Pictured here is a red original FreeHand. In the Response view, notice the White friction sticker still in place.
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