Thanks for all the kind words, my fellow pinsiders (from pinheads to mods)!
It was a very special day when the pins arrived, and my boys were psyched. Though now I think they're spending more time with the boxes than the pins themselves, but that's ok. Gives me and their mom more time on the pins.
And for all the negativity that is sometimes thrown at Stern, they went over the top for us. We've been to the factory 3 times in the past couple months, and John and Jody have really been great to my boys. My youngest (playing Metallica in the pic) is battling cancer, and when we're at the factory, John and Jody take my boys back into the design offices (without us) and show them what's next, show them schematics, and they get to talk to Lyman, Steve, and everyone else in the "super secret" offices (and always give them some cool swag). Great people!
Anyhoo...Have room in the budget for one more NIB (Pro level) pin, but the Stern rumor mill has my head spinning right round, baby, right round (see what I did there)!