Pogs, Tazos, Flippos, and other milkcaps

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Milkcap Mania is the UK's premier milkcap/pog/tazo website, including scans of many milkcaps, pogs and tazos. Use the Menu on the right hand side of the page to navigate the site.

Milkcaps/pogs/tazos are basically circles of card with images on that are collectable and also used as a game. Milkcaps is the generic term used to describe them, but they are also well known as Pogs, Tazos or Flippos. There are many different makes and styles of milkcaps, although this site features mainly POG milkcaps, Slammer Whammers and Krome Kaps.

If you are new to milkcaps/pogs/tazos, please see below for the story of how pogs were created and what they are. You can also check out the guide to playing milkcaps/pogs/tazos, the guide to slamming techniques, and the guide to pog storage.

If you would like to contribute to the site you can register as a member and will then have the ability to edit the information on each milkcap/pog/tazo page.

Also, if you have some Pogs, Tazos, Flippos, etc. that you would like to scan to send me so I can add them to the website, this would be appreciated. However, before scanning them you might want to contact us first to check whether I already have a scan of them or not. I already have most of my collection scanned, but only part of it is currently on the website, so I don't want to waste your time scanning something if I've already got it. Scans should be at 300DPI. Preferably saved as a .png file for maximum quality, though this might result in a file size too large for emailing, so jpg/jpeg is fine too.

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The Story of POGs

From 'The Unofficial POG and Cap Players Handbook' by Jason Page

It all started in 1927 - the year the Haleakala Dairy in Maui, Hawaii, brought out a new brand of fruit juice. The top of each bottle had a small round cardboard lid or cap.
Times were hard in Hawaii - despite the warm sunshine, fabulous beaches and all the coconuts you could eat The 1930s were the years of the Great Depression. Thousands of people lost their jobs and they had no money to spend on new toys.
Children had to make their own games. And that's when the caps off the juice drinks caught someone's eye. Soon a game sprang up, invented entirely by children. The idea was to flip the bottle caps. These became known as POGs because the ingredients of the drink were Passion fruit, Orange and Guava.

The kids drew designs on the caps and also made slammers. These slammers were usually three caps glued together. They called them kinis - the Hawaiian word for 'king'.
The craze lasted a number of years but eventually faded away. It would probably have dissapeared forever if it hadn't been for a school teacher, Blossom Galbiso. She had played POGs with all her friends when she was growing up in the 1930s. In 1991 she decided to teach the game to the pupils in her class.

They loved it and told the others in the school, who told all their friends in other schools. Once again the whole of Hawaii was going mad for POGs. The game was bigger than ever before. In fact, by 1992 it was reckoned that the average child in Hawaii had a collection of 1,700 POGs.
In 1993 POGs flipped over to mainland America. First California, then one by one all the other states caught on to the craze. National tournaments were organised and other makes of caps were invented to cope with the demand.

POGs were launched in the UK at the beginning of 1995, and over 30 million caps have been sold here since. After about 1996 the cap craze started to die, which is a shame as it is such a great game. Maybe in another 70 years the game will be revived and start a massive craze again. Who knows?

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