Wham-O toys

Wham-O Inc. is a toy company in California, USA. They are known for marketing many popular toys in the past 50 years, including the Hula Hoop, the Frisbee, Slip 'N Slide, Super Ball, Trac-Ball, Silly String, Hacky Sack and the Boogie Board.

A building inspector named Fred Morrison puttered with and refined a plastic flying disc that he sold to WHAM-O in 1955. Introduced to the consumer market in 1957 as the Pluto Platter (the name inspired by the country's obsession with Unidentified Flying Objects), it was modified in 1958, renamed the FRISBEE disc,  and has become an American icon.

In 1961, Wham-O introduced the original Slip 'N Slide, which quickly became a permanent warm weather favorite among kids around the world.

In the early 1960s, Norman Stingley, a chemical engineer, accidentally created a plastic product that bounced uncontrollably. He offered the product to Melin and Knerr and the SUPERBALL bouncy ball was created, followed by the Super Gold Ball, Super Baseball and Super Dice. In one celebrated incident, a giant SUPERBALL, produced as a promotional item, was accidentally dropped out of a 23rd floor hotel window in Australia. It shot back up 15 floors, then down again into a parked convertible car. The car was totaled but the ball survived the "test" in perfect condition.

Read more about Wham-O on their website.

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Wham O value and price guide

What's your Wham O worth in 2021? Here are some recently sold items.

Item Title Date Price
two 1958 newspaper ads for hula hoops hip hip hoopla Two 1958 Newspaper Ads For Hula Hoops Hip Hip Hoopla 09/2021 C $6.25
wham o euro team 97 gram frisbee uk1 mold Wham O Euro Team 97 Gram Frisbee Uk1 Mold 09/2021 C $6.31
you pick zuru 5 surprise toy series 2 mini brands gold You Pick Zuru 5 Surprise Toy Series 2 Mini Brands Gold 09/2021 C $2.50
1965 sealed wham o superball small blue super ball 1965 Sealed Wham O Superball Small Blue Super Ball 09/2021 C $138.88
frisbee field goal outdoor game disc flying portable Frisbee Field Goal Outdoor Game Disc Flying Portable 09/2021 C $30.11
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Mike - February 21, 2018
Hi,I found the original wrapper of a C 1957 Wham-o "figure beauty in 10 minutes a day" exercise band. It's from when they were still on El Monte Street in San Gabriel. Are there Wham-o collectors? TNX
Not sure if there are particular Wham-O collectors, might be interesting as well for vintage 1950s memorabilia collectors. Of course you can always ask them yourself on their official Facebook page.