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Just started to go through my mini Frisbee disc collection, WOW!, I didn’t know I had so many.

Here is a very early Wham-O mini, It has raised lettering, a raised central cupola and patented Wham-O flight rings.

I have a set of 3 of these and I believe you could buy them packaged up as a set… Don’t have the packaging any more, but I do have all 3 Frisbees.

Mini Frisbees are still used these days as disc golf markers, but they are not made by Wham-O anymore.

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I am really struggling to remember what this Wham-O Fastback (UK1 mould) is all about or what it was promoting, I thought it may be a Newspaper promotion, but don’t think The Times would have designed something like this… It remains a mystery.

If you know, please let me know.

Nice simple & graphic design!

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Even the French President had his own personalised Wham-O Frisbee back in the day… Well, the President of the French Frisbee Association, Yves Berard!

This UK1 mould fastback frisbee has lost a bit of its golden shine and I am not sure if the AFF is still functional.

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Back in the 70’s, there was such a thing as professional Frisbee teams, nowadays, disc golfers are really the only athletes making a living out of disc sports.

The Flying Aces have performed and entertained audiences all across Michigan in every venue imaginable, and entertain audiences of all ages. The Flying Aces got their beginning at Eastern Michigan University in 1973 when Brian Hayes took his love for frisbee tossing indoors when winter came to Michigan.

John Connelly and Alan Blake delighted audiences across the country and were at the forefront of disc sports development by introducing more refined combinations of fancy throws and trick catches.

This signature Wham-O fastback (FB3) glow in the dark plastic Frisbee is a classic from back in the day and still flies beautifully!

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For some reason, some global brands choose to use non Wham-O flying discs to promote their products and get their messages out there, unfortunately for Nivea, this flying disc did not match the quality or success of their world-wide products.

Nice blue, but definitely not Cremè de la Cremè when it comes to flying.

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In the late 1970s, Wham-O started manufacturing Frisbees, under licence, in Germany.

This is their version of the classic Wham-O Pro Model in glow in the dark plastic with raise lettering and including “themed” decal in the centre, it looks & flies just like the American versions, but the only difference is the word “Modell”.

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Almost from the beginning, Wham-O positioned Frisbee as an outdoor sports rather than just a toy. To increase the Frisbee’s aerodynamics, in 1964 Wham-O inventor Ed Headrick created a Frisbee that was grooved in concentric circles on its top—this patented improvement became known as the Rings of Headrick. In 1968, the earliest Ultimate Frisbee group was formed at Mount Hermon High School in Northfield, Massachusetts. Later, in 1975, Headrick himself formed the first Frisbee Golf Association. From the 1970s-on, Frisbee championships of one form or another were commonplace.

One of the many things that have endeared people to Frisbees is the fact that they make a great surface for advertisements and logos. Everyone from Coca-Cola to Budweiser produced branded Frisbees. There were Elvis, Beatles, Grateful Dead, and Led Zeppelin Frisbees, as well as Frisbees for fans of the “Star Wars” movies. Superman Frisbees? Of course. Batman too. Even Barbie had a shaggy dog that came with a pink Frisbee in its mouth.

Undaunted by the financial failure of the Flyin’ Saucer, in 1951 Morrison unveiled the Pluto Platter, whose center dome was supposed to mimic the cabin of a UFO—it even had port holes. The Pluto Platter flew better than the Flyin’ Saucer, thanks to its larger size and soon-to-be-patented Morrison Slope.

In fact, these nascent Frisbees sold well enough catch the attention of Rich Knerr and A.K.”Spud” Melin, who had recently started a company called Wham-O. By 1957, the pair was selling Morrison’s invention as the Wham-O Pluto Platter, and that same year, inspired by those New England college kids, Wham-O trademarked the name Frisbee.

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Throwing a disc for a game of catch or the sheer pleasure of watching it fly has probably been around for almost as long as we’ve had arms, but the modern version of what we know today as Frisbee originated in the late 1800s, when college students in New England entertained themselves by tossing empty Frisbie Baking Company pie tins around the quad.

In the 20th century, a man named Walter Fredrick “Fred” Morrison invented the disc that would become the Frisbee. His first foray into the field of flying discs occurred in 1937, when he and his future wife, Lu, sold Flyin’ Cake Pans on the beaches of Santa Monica, California, for a quarter. World War II interrupted his entrepreneurship—naturally he became a fighter pilot.

After the war, Morrison and a partner created a Flyin’ Saucer out of plastic. The top of the disc featured six curved spoilers that were supposed to give the disc lift, but Morrison had molded the spoilers backwards, so they only worked when thrown left handed.

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In late spring of 1978, George Meyer brought us the news of a tournament in Chicago. The event was the North American Flying Disc Series (N.A.F.D.S.) Chicago to be held at Gilson Park in Wilmette. Disc golf was one of the events.

This classic Wham-O, 141grm 50E mould in clear plastic was produced to commemorate the 1980 series. It was part of a full of discs, but unfortunately the other models have disappeared from my collection.

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