Are POGS the most iconic schoolyard game of the 90’s? It’s hard to make an argument for anything else. Marbles had some steam but were railroaded by this monster of a fad that dominated recess and lunchtime at elementary schools worldwide.
This milk cap game was everywhere. Official brand POGS were the pinnacle of your collection, but soon almost every TV show, movie and major sport had their own POGS.
Malls would have huge POG sale extravaganzas that attracted every kid salivating for cheap POGS to add to their collection and wow their friends.
Sadly, POGS left us as soon as they came. School boards started suggesting that they were encouraging gambling, and began inciting violence on the playground. I don't buy the gambling accusation, as I was a rabid POG collector and as of yet I haven't gambled away my mortgage, but I did see a number of tiny haymakers thrown over a recess game that went sideways. POG blowout sales quickly started popping up all over the place. Valuable limited edition POGS were now irrelevant and sold off and everyone started unloading their collection. Kudos if you had the foresight to hang on to your collection. They're still not worth anything, but I'd love to look back on all my hard work and POG slamming expertise with reverent nostalgia and be able to smile. My Mom sold them all at the family garage sale in 1997.