My submission is my aluminum Dream!
I know it’s not nearly as beat as some of the other submissions on here, but this one is pretty special to me. I had just gotten to yoyos about a month before I ended up buying this, I found it at a brick-and-mortar toy store that didn’t have many options as far as yoyos went, just a bunch of shutters and replays. I asked if they had any others in stock, and the owner pulled out this one and said he would sell it to me for $20.
I happily got it even though it already had a couple dings on it because that was an amazing price for a first yoyo, especially an aluminum one. Originally, I was kinda bummed about the dings, because it had some vibe and didn’t play “perfectly” (in reality, I was just bad because I was new.)
When I finally added my first ding to this (against the wall of my old bedroom) I realized that the previous dings were actually a blessing in disguise, since I couldn’t tell which ding was mine. After that, I realized that I could really let loose and open up with trying to learn tricks. I didn’t have to worry or care about damaging the yoyo, and it really helped me grow much faster than I normally would have. I’ve added about 8 dings/scuffs to this thing while I’ve had it, but it was my first yoyo and it means a lot to me, I still throw this thing regularly and it still plays great.
P.S. I haven’t been able to find ANY information about the “Las Vegas 2015” version of the aluminum dream, I’ve never seen another one of these things online before. If anyone has any information or trivia about this throw, I’d love to hear about it.