I completely believe it's all about karma on this one. If you find a disc with a name and number on it and don't call them back, that's a bad mark on your 'disc golf book'. About a month ago, this guy forgot his pink buzz with a note saying that this disc was too nice for him to expect anybody to return. Well I was glad to prove him wrong, that there are decent people out there that will return your disc. Ever since I returned his disc, I had one of my discs returned along with another free one!
Have you ever met the guy that probably found and played with discs from the creek at your course? I did 20 something years later. He must not have known what he was telling me when I asked him where he started playing. Said he was too poor to afford discs and too shy to play with the pro's whose discs he learned with. I lost patent pending aeros and many others we would search forever for. Now he is an older pro not too far away. I think his karma is still with him.
Yeah I've had a few returned to me probably because the person who found it PERSONALLY knew me. I always call the number on the disc but rarely do I have discs returned without having an inside connection to the recovery. I haven't lost very many discs this year, but the ones I have lost I don't think anyone will be returning.
Three times. I've returned dozens though. Good Karma pays off. One disc I lost was a double ace Star Destroyer and I looked forever to find it before I gave up. It was at least two weeks later, I had looked some more and had considered it gone for good. Or so I thought! A fellow club member found it and called me up. Paybacks, I guess for all the discs I've returned to people over the years. I've returned everything from beat up dx discs, to brand new and lost on the first throw star discs.
I lost a aviar p/a big beat on hole # 6 at the USDGC in 2001. kinda close by the basket but in the water. We weren't allowed to go in the water so I left it there. This was a self double stamped disc with the design from John Notenboom(dg artist). I stamped some discs at the factory of Innova at the time(1996). The disc is one of a kind and was still in pretty good shape.
Never saw it again.....
I found out, that when you have cool stuff, most people will not return it.
I lost my Santa Cruz windbreaker and I got a call that they found it but I never got it back.
But on the other hand, I got a disc returned to me after a year when I was at some yearly tournament.
They hold on to that disc while I already gave it up.
And at my local course, I get 99% back.
I was contacted by a friend to tell me he found a disc of mine I did not realize I had lost.
So I got this message saying Steve had my green Buzzz. But since I had not lost my green Buzzz I wondered what Buzzz he was talking about. Then I looked in my bag and my beloved green Buzzz was gone. So I mentally retraced my last round where we were throwing a mando roller drive game. Yep. I remembered where we took my partner's roller and walked away from mine.
I lose more discs from leaving them than being unable to find them.
My green Z Buzzz has been a workhorse for a couple years. That loss would have hurt. Thanks Steve. I rewarded him with a lovely, shiny new Nuke. It is nice to have friends.
I got one back that I lost in a tournament in Sipapu, New Mexico. I chucked one in the stream and it was raging pretty fast at the time. After the tourney was over I went back down and carefully went in while holding on to rocks as I went down the stream. I didn't get mine but I was able to retrieve a lot of other discs. I left the tournament empty handed and drove back to Colorado Springs. I called them back a week later and someone had turned it in to Lost and Found. They sent it back to me when I ordered a shirt from them.
Locally, I don't even bother to put my number on my discs because it just aint going to happen. I simply put Mad Dog on the bottom of the disc along with a random saying and I know that if somebody knows me I'll get it back. Didn't get back my KC Pro TeeBird but now I got Star anyway.