Tuesday, July 28, 2009

An Addition to the Family, Plus a Blaster of O-Pee-Chee

This weekend our family got a little bit bigger… Joining Esther Gin N Juice, myself and Sally Stitches in the Troll household (which isn’t actually under a bridge) is a fifty pound baby girl named Emma Estrella Margherita Bacontowne (Troll). She bears little resemblance to her mother (or father) but we both could not be more proud of our little bundle of joy.
As part of the celebration of the birth (arrival) of our youngest daughter, Esther Gin purchased a blaster and a few packs of 2009 O Pee Chee. I have been dying to check this product out for a while. I’ve even considered collecting the whole set.
We ripped the blaster (and a few bonus packs) while our baby sat beside the bed and watched with fascination. I don’t think she quite understands why her father gets so darn excited about certain little bits of cardboard. Anyway, expect lil Emma to make frequent appearances in the blog. We have not yet put her on skates, but she does have a derby name already. Emma Bytcha.
I really liked the OPC product a lot; I think this is one that I would like to build a set of. I understand why people are really getting into this. With our new situation, new mouth to feed, diapers (bones) to buy, etc. I think I am gonna have to hold off on trying to finish this set, but… I did luck out and pull a few Rays cards-Ben Zobrist, Matt Joyce and Jeff Niemann (oddly with a very old photo) and a team checklist. The checklist is awesome cuz it lists the names and numbers and makes making my want list really simple. I think that it is pretty awesome that OPC included 21 different Rays cards in this set-that makes it awesome! It also includes the only (to my knowledge) Rays cards of Gabe Kapler and Jason Isringhausen. Those two will be tops on my list!
I did manage to pull 17 black parallels, one black mini of Placido Polanco, an Award Show of the Flyin’ Hawaiian, Shane Victorino and a Face of the Franchise card of Tim Lincecum(seriously cool looking subset!). One card that sticks out like a sore thumb is a glossy Upper Deck 30th Anniversary card of Giants Hall of Famer, Orlando Cepeda. That leaves me with 76 base cards and 17 black parallels for trade, along with the inserts, so get in touch if you need any of those. The Rays cards, and I want them all, are: 42 Willy Aybar, 44 Gabe Gross, 48 Jason Bartlett, 53 BJ Upton, 96 Carl Crawford, 135 James Shields, 138 JP Howell, 139 Ben Zobrist, 171 Carlos Pena, 245 Matt Garza, 272 Pat Burrell, 284 Andy Sonnanstine, 298 Gabe Kapler, 317 Akinori, 381 Scott Kazmir, 400 Evan Longoria, 424 Dan Wheeler, 459 Jeff Niemann, 464 Matt Joyce, 473 Dioner Navarro, 482 Jason Isringhausen and 559 Season Moment.
Get in touch if you have any of these, or if you just wanna say how cute our new baby is!
Cheers! Troll out.


  1. I've got black bordered Niemman and Garza for you.
    I'll send them out later with the Heritage Zobrist...

  2. Keep your cards away from your dog. I learned the hard way.

  3. i know i have the regular garza. i'll check my doubles tonight and let you know what else i have.