Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Hypersphaera ater

Hypersphaera ater
Black Superball

Opaque and devoid of color. Uniformly pigmented in black.  Shiny or matte finish.

Has been in production since 1965 and the introduction of the Original SuperBall®

Photo Courtesy of Lenore M. Edman

Hypersphaera ater  by Henry J. Simonds

A specimen box showcasing an example of a Black Superball.

Photo Courtesy of Steve Smith

Monday, September 26, 2011

The I.S.S. Presents "Requiem for the Super Ball©" The Jewelry Collection

Hey Folks,

In the interest of further promoting the Super Ball© and our efforts here at the I.S.S., we are introducing a unique collection of jewelry and trinkets made from authentic bouncy balls.  Hand made by Founder and Chief Sphaeralogist, Henry J. Simonds, the rings, earrings and keychains are currently available at Charles Bank Gallery and by request through sphaeralogy.org.

We hope to be selling the pieces at crafter fairs and museum stores in the near future - any ideas would be welcome - but in the meantime, check out the photos here and get your own limited edition RftSB© pieces.


The Founders

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Super Balls® - Reflections #2

"My brother once had me use a full-sized superball as a baseball, pitch it to him, and when he hit it with the bat, it landed in our friends' yard a block away. Almost as much fun as the M-80 under the washtub." 
- Pat C. (Pittsburgh, PA)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Super Balls® - Reflections #1

"I remember, vividly, when the Super Ball was first released. It was the most magical thing I had ever seen. It also had a particular smell that I cannot forget. Jackie Frymier had the first one I had ever seen. He lived in a mansion on Morewood and we would play WW II games in his backyard. I was younger and always had to play the Nazi."

- Charlie H. (Pittsburgh, Pa.)