Some of you may have heard, or were lucky enough to experience it first-hand, that I like trading yoyos. Because so many yoyos pass through my hands, I’ve had the chance to delicately choose what gets to stay and what keeps on it way.
If I were to keep every yoyo I bought or traded for, I would have a much lower trade count, and a much larger collection. I didn’t want that. Over the years (I think it’s around 4 now), I’ve cast a fairly large net and have only kept la crème de la crème.
My criteria for what gets thrown in my ‘keeper case’ is as follows:
1) It has to play good. If it doesn’t, what’s the point? Stability, weight, and size also factor in. I had a DRI-YWET that I recently sold that was absolutely beautiful, but just didn’t meet play standards. A side note to this: I don’t care for undersized yoyos. They’re too dainty for my big mitts and less metal for the same amount of money? C’mon…
2) It has to look good. Just as, if not more, important than #1. I’m extremely picky about my colorways and have on multiple occasions traded quite far in the other party’s favor for a throw with a particular splash. A notable example would be that I traded an Avalanche and Sharp for an Avalanche in worse condition. But to me, it was one of the best trades I’ve ever made. In some cases, this criterion has eclipsed #1. 888s being a prime example (don’t get me started on Spingear Dragon editions).
3) Exclusivity don’t hurt. Yes, I’m one of those people. Though I’ve been fairly outspoken on the concept of rarity in yoyos (and the abundance of such), I love me a nice rare. I’m 100% against having multiples of the same model (I don’t compete so I have no use for extras), but I acquired a pre-production Black Bip Bop Avalanche a couple months ago and haven’t looked back. I somewhat justify this by the fact that the design is slightly different than the production Avas. But seeing as it fits all three requirements: plays like a monster, looks fresh as heck, and there’s only two that exist; I don’t think I’ll be saying goodbye anytime soon. This is part of the reason why I don’t particularly like YYF and brands like it - they’re too available.
So there’s my hair-brained explanation of why I can’t stop force-feeding USPS buckets of cash. Why do you have the yoyos you do?