B-grade Allyoyo 888- I go to the allyoyo classes
Raven 888- It’s pure beauty
08/08/08- has all the 888 designs on it
G5- My first unresponsive metal, even though I beat it to death.
Jet-set- Amazing offstring player
Dang, you like your 888s, huh? I would never give up my first run chief or my yoyojam classic. Why the classic? It has the greatest love mark ever. It came apart, bounced like crazy, and nearly hit truck.
If I was stranded on an island and could only pick 1 yoyo to have with me…I would find a way to swim to shore and get back to the rest of my yoyos.
If I had to pick the yoyos that I own that I think are the “best” for me/I most frequently fall in love with, the smallest list I can come up with is 07 888, 08 888, Skyline, Boss, Mutant DNA, Dietz, Glacier Express, OG Avalanche, 09 Marmot, 2010 FH2. There is a long list of honorable mentions below these, and this is just ones I enjoy playing the most. If we’re talking aesthetics then that changes a lot. For example, I don’t really like my OG Avalanche (Bushman ftl) despite how amazingly it plays but I love my Peak (Frozen Mammoth ftw) despite it not being one of my most frequently played.
But really, just this. Of my 4 (completely full now) yoyo cases I own like 2 yoyos I wouldn’t miss at all and maybe 2-3 more I could separate myself from.
I thought about this question for 24 hours before posting this answer The truth is, at this moment, I would say I’d never get rid of 90% of my collection. In my time collecting so far, I have sold/given away about fifteen at most. There are even a few of those that I regret letting go of, for different reasons.
The difficulty with answering the question, is that if my circumstances changed, I might feel entirely different than I do today. So, to state that I would “never” get rid of any yo-yo would be a lie. My circumstances might change, and until then, I cannot formulate a true answer.
My only really honest answer, is that the circumstances would dictate. I would like to state that I would never give away a sentimental gifted Model 10. At this moment, I feel in my heart, that is true. But, realistically, if I was ever starving, of course I believe I would sell it in that case. So, I will “never say never” on this one. Instead, I will state that the last yo-yos to go, if I had to liquidate my collection, to sustain myself, would be:
A gifted Classic;
A black Dark Magic II with gold rims;
One Oxy 9.06.
A gifted Model 10.
I could sell all the rest, and even if I only got 70% of what I paid retail for them, I’d take that 7K and hope that could dig me out of a hole, and allow me to keep those 4 yo-yos to build from and start over later. I would hope that in time things would improve.
I have seen various BST posts where people are liquidating their collection to buy a house, finance a wedding, or some other reason. I’ll just wait and see what life has in store. Never say never.