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BallStars is headquartered in beautiful New Century Kansas about 30 miles southwest of Kansas City.  To visit us just go to:

100 Mission Woods Dr
New Century, KS 66031


Marshall Widman is the founder and inventor of the process we now use today, the BallStars Heat Transfer Process.

Marshall is an inventor by heart and was an early marketer of personalized photographic mugs, mouse pads and t-shirts. In the late 1980's, his involvement in the industry drove him to sell several mall kiosk businesses around the Midwest, some of which are still in business today. Marshall was so successful that he eventually built his own mug coating facility and supplied his kiosk businesses and the industry with coated mugs. Marshall has since sold these businesses to start Star Innovations in 1996.

In 1996 Marshall formed Star Innovations where he invented and patented a proprietary technology that could reproduce full-color photographs as images on baseballs, softballs, soccer balls, hockey pucks, basketballs, volleyballs, and footballs. His patented process can be applied to a variety of curved surfaces and materials. Unlike other companies, this patented process could economically produce products in small quantities--as few as ONE-making a truly one-of-a-kind product.

In 2000, industrialist Tom Howell, and a group of investors joined Marshall in his endeavor. Tom Howell is an entrepreneur by his own right. Tom and his brother started manufacturing picture frames in the back of an auto repair shop over 30 years ago. Eventually Tom's picture frame manufacturing capability has grown to produce over 22,000 picture frames a day and is housed in an incredible 230,000 sq. ft. plant.

Since Marshall and Tom joined forces, Devlan Reeves and a host of other employees have joined the team. Devlan left Yellow Technologies to become our Vice President of Marketing.

Today Star Innovations is better known by its brand name BallStars. The BallStars Heat Transfer System is the only process in the world that can heat transfer any image, logo or text onto fully inflated sports balls cleanly, quickly and most importantly, economically. Our products have been sold in the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and have been featured in Sports Illustrated with Bill Walton and his three sons.

BallStars Heat Transfers Systems are sold as complete turn-key business opportunities and as Master Distributorships around the world.


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