30 Day Baseball Card Challenge

Saturday, August 24, 2019

It's Getting Kinda Hectic

This is one of the busiest times of the year for me.  My life is so crazy, I even passed up a card show today with Mr. Haverkamp.  In the words of German Eurodance group Snap!... it's getting, it's getting, it's getting kinda hectic.

It all starts with work.  The arrival of a new school year typically means memorizing 160 to 175 new names, establishing rules and expectations, and helping students transition from having one sixth grade teacher to six seventh grade teachers.

This year there are two additional factors which are making my head spin.  Our school has adopted a homeroom (zero period), which involves a tad bit more planning.  On top of that I'm teaching a new class with very little curriculum handed to me.  So I've been working hard to develop both short term and long term lesson plans for this class.  It's not the first time I've developed curriculum, so the job will get completed.  It's just a lot of work at the front end.

Anyways... I'm not looking for sympathy.  I'm just giving all of you a heads up that my blog posts will probably be shorter in length for the next month or so which may or may not be a good thing for my readers.

There's also been a delay with all of the care packages I owe.  My COMC order didn't arrive until early this week.  For a few years now, my tradebait has been depleted... so I rely on sites like COMC to help me find things for you guys.  I had hoped to have it in my hands during my summer break, but it didn't work out that way.

I'm not exactly sure when they'll go out... but I'm gonna bust my butt to make it happen sooner... than later.

Okay now that I've updated you all with what's going on in my life... let's get to a care package sent to me by Jeremy over at Topps Cards That Never Were.  He hooked me up with a really, really, really nice card for my Buster Posey collection:

2010 Topps Target Vintage Stock #2

At first glance, this just looks like Buster's base card rookie.  However in the upper lefthand corner, you'll notice the old school Topps logo.  And when you turn the card over, you'll see the vintage card stock:

Now I don't really have a Buster PC, but he's a Bay Area legend... which means that I enjoy picking up singles of his every now and then.  A few years ago, I started targeting his different rookie cards and this is one of the ones I really, really, really wanted.

He also sent me this Buster:

2018 Donruss #167

I love my MLB logos, but I've gotta admit this card is awesome.  Last year, I commented on at least two or three blogs about the eye appeal of this card.

I'll wrap things up with a pair of customs created by Jeremy:

If you're not familiar with Jeremy's blog, he's another card blogger with excellent custom card making skills.

Todd Van Poppel made his MLB debut on September 11, 1991... so he missed being included in the 1991 Topps set.  That was his lone appearance of the season and he got knocked around quite a bit by the Chicago White Sox.  But before Dan Pasqua and Carlton Fisk got to him in the top of the 4th inning... he actually pitched really well.  He struck out five of the first six batters he faced.  Frank Thomas, Robin Ventura, and the aforementioned Fisk were three of those guys.  Not too shabby, right?

As for the Dave Stewart custom... it highlights his 1989 World Series accomplishments... where he took home the MVP AwardStew is one of those guys that doesn't get a lot of recognition... but did you know that he's the last MLB pitcher to win 20 games in four consecutive seasons Like Buster, he's another Bay Area legend.

Thank you Jeremy for the care package!  As soon as I build these care packages, I'll make sure to include one for you.  The good news is I don't know a lot of Tampa Bay Rays fans, so I should have something to send your way without having to head over to COMC.

Here is today's question of the day:

In regards to work or personal life, is there a busy time of the year for you?  If so, when?

Happy Saturday and sayonara!


  1. Late November to December is absolutely brutal for me. There are multiple weeks in that span my only day off could be Thanksgiving or Christmas.

    That Posey 2010 vintage is an amazing card. Back in May I was finally able to add the McCutchen vintage stock Target exclusive and talked about how rare these exclusives are. I noted that the Posey at the time was selling for over $60.

  2. Busy time? Not anymore :::wink:::

  3. It will pick up in another week, for the same reason it picks up for everyone: SCHOOL. School just makes busy work for everyone.

    But the busiest time of the year for me is late February to late March. By far. June has gotten a lot more hectic in recent years, too.

  4. All year is busy even though it may not look like it with the amount of blog posts I do.

  5. Yep, this is the busy season now for me as well. Our classes begin tomorrow - but luckily for me I'm teaching three courses that I've taught in the past so I don't have to start from ground zero in terms of lesson plans. Good luck with all your work!

  6. As a teacher, I feel like the beginning and end of each year is hectic, and the beginning and end of each quarter is the same. Although, my district modified our calendar this year, so the last day of each quarter is on a Thursday with Friday being a workday for paperwork. Think it might help out a lot.

  7. I have a couple really busy times at work. Right now through September is very busy, and then again in December. Although the recent trend is to be busy all the time.

  8. The end of every quarter is mayhem.

  9. collecting cutch - wow. now that's busy.

    johnnys trading spot - i'm jealous. it's one thing to be consistent. it's another to be consistently good

    commishbob - nice. 15 more years... then i can join the club

    night owl - what goes down in the newspaper world during late february to late march?

    sport card collectors - the amount of posts your write... i was wondering when you find the time to sleep... let alone work.

    nachos grande - have a great school year! hope you have some awesome kids!

    the snorting bull - wow... your district is awesome. i wish they'd do something like that in my district

    the lost collector - the question is... do you enjoy it more when things are busier? if so... i'd say you're living the dream

    adam kaningher - at least it only happens four times a year ;)

  10. My schedule is like that too, though for me October is my busiest month (that is when the semester starts in Japan, I teach at a university). August and September are actually my slowest times, so I'm taking it a bit easier now (my blogging tends to follow this, I'm posting a lot now but my rate of posting will probably collapse in October)!

    Good luck getting through it!!

  11. It seems like work is busy year round. Good luck on the class! Todd van Poppel is a name I have not heard in a while. He debuted at the right time in the 1990s and caught the collecting wave.

  12. Have a great school year! I read last night that the A's were planning on retiring Stewart's jersey number.

  13. Nice Posey! I've got the Bumgardner one of those.. one of my better card show finds.

    February is my busiest month, since I've got a certain amount of work to do each month, and Feb has less days to do it all in, plus that's usually when we have a company-wide summit that eats up a couple more days of my time.