The Star Badges Although the timeline of the badges cannot be exactly confirmed, the timeline when the badges appeared can be stated as follows (according to my best knowledge):
I assume that this one (black on white ground) and ...
... this next one (white on black ground) are perhaps the very first Star badges ever - and they are very rare to find today!
This oval/ black badge could have been the next one. It was used approximately in the middle of the 60’s and is nowadays more rare to find on the shells.
This oval/ black badge was the next one. Definitely it was used often during the 60’s for all drums.
The rectangular/ silver badge came up in the late 60’s, for all types of drumsets as well.
The tonneau-shaped/ black badge was used for those drums featuring high quality hardware details (in the late 60’s to early 70’s).
This round/ silver badge then substituted the rectangular/ silver type (note: the missing wording ‘Made in Japan’).
This round/ silver badge substituted the rectangular/ silver type as well. It’s the most common version of the round badges. (Note: a replica of this Star badge is available on request. You may email me with a picture of the respective drumset.)
This round/ silver badge was used at the high quality snare drums only (note: it’s written ‘Star’ wording dates it perhaps a little bit earlier than the other two round badges above).
The round/ silver badge then substituted the tonneau/ black shaped type.
The oval/ black badge was used in the last years of STAR as an additional badge.
This round/ black badge is very rare and probably came up in the very last year of STAR.
Until today it’s not clear, whether or not different Star badges appeared at the same time of production.
Furtheron, Star offered their drums under two further brand names, too. Below please find the apparently sole Bollero- and DrumMate- badges: