American Spinners was founded by Bill Cress in 1988 and began the production of one-piece wooden yo-yos with exotic finishes. Although the yo-yos were still being produced as late as 1999, they were unpromoted. The mainstay lines of the company were the American Spinners Standard a bulge-face maple yo-yo and the American Spinners Pocket Rocket, a swedish import beechwood yo-yo. The yo-yos were painted in several different color schemes by a company specializing in the production of paintwork for race pace cars. The jeweled models produced by the company has rhinestones added after painting and were hand made by Bill Cress on special order.
Although prototypes of a butterfly yo-yo was made, it never went into production. The bulge-face models are highly sought-after by collectors.
- Lucky's Collectors Guide to 20th Century Yo-Yos: History and Values, April 1999, Lucky J. Meisenheimer