I just wrapped up my first week back to work... and I'm thoroughly exhausted. I'm teaching two brand new curriculums and feel like I'm a first year teacher all over again. The past few days, I've spent a lot of time researching my curriculum, writing up lessons, and preparing them too.
Although I had mentally prepared myself for this challenge, I had hoped that it wouldn't interfere with collecting or writing up posts. But after only two days in... I'm pretty sure there are going to be changes to my blog.
I've always tried to post at least three to four times a week... but there just aren't enough hours in the day. It looks like I'm going to need to scale things down a little... at least until things settle down.
On a brighter note... I received five packages from bloggers earlier in the week that I finally got around to opening up this afternoon. I've gotta admit... it felt good to not think about work. Better yet... I gave me a reason to look, hold, smell, and organize cards.
Without further adieu... let's check out some of the cards I added to my collection today.
Package #1: Zippy Zappy at Cervin' Up Cards
1952 Bowman #179
Let's kick things off with this beautiful card of Peter Suder... an infielder who spent his entire career with the Phildadelphia/Kansas City Athletics.
1960 Topps #11
Both Suder and Siebern were a little before my time. However thanks to Wikipedia... I discovered that Norm was one of the players involved in the Roger Maris trade.
2011 Topps Update #260 SP
I know a lot of collector's dislike the short prints... but I enjoy the concept behind them and absolutely love this card.
Package #2: Matthew at Bob Walk the Plank
2013 Leaf Memories Buy Back (#'d 1/5)
I'm not a huge fan of the term "eBay one of one", but I do love me some Stew.
2004 Donruss Elite #336 (#'d 199/423)
I thought I already owned a copy of this card, but this one is a little different. It has Elite Legacy embossed onto the card right about his autograph.
2002 Donruss Studio Private Signings #6 (#'d 26/50)
I was bummed to see Tejada leave Oakland back in 2003. He's the last Oakland Athletic to win an MVP award.
Package #3: Douglas at Sportscards from the Dollar Store
2011/12 Titanium Game Worn Gear #22 (#'d 281/300)
Two fan favorites on one card. Nice.
2013/14 Contenders #124B
Even though he has only played four NHL games... he's still a hometown favorite. He grew up playing hockey at Sharks' Ice.
2008/09 Victory Jumbos #OS7
I've always enjoyed oversized cards. Here's an example of Jumbo Joe on a jumbo card.
Package #4: Commishbob at The Five Tool Collector
2009 UD Icons Immortal Lettermen #IL-TG (#'d 22/25)
Although it's not an actual game used swatch... it's still really cool. I'll definitely have to target the other seven letters to spell out "SD Padres".
2001 Studio Diamond Collection #DC-9
I'm always excited to add a new Gwynn jersey card to my collection... especially when they look this nice.
1985 Donruss Action All-Stars #19
Another oversized card. Another awesome Gwynn card.
Package #5: Dennis at Too Many Verlanders
2014 Leaf Draft #82
Fales was only one of two San Jose State Spartans drafted by an NFL team this year. As of today, he's the fourth string QB for the Chicago Bears.
2010/11 Crown Royale #158 (#'d 397/499)
Not a huge fan of Panini... but Crown Royale is definitely one of the nicest products I've seen from them.
2010/11 Limited #193 (#'d124/299)
Wingels had a breakout year this past season. Hopefully he continues to develop into the 2nd line center that many people envision.
Well that's it. I apologize if there are a bunch of errors in this post. I've fallen asleep several times while trying to get it published before the midnight deadline.
Thanks Zippy, Matthew, Douglas, Robert, and Dennis for the great packages. As soon as I have some free time, I'll begin putting some packages together for you guys too.
Happy Saturday (or is it Sunday morning?) and sayonara!