I won a Listia auction for this 2008 Upper Deck X card of Cole Hamels for only 12 credits. Not bad for a three time All-Star. Hamels is quite the rich man. He is in the middle of a 6 year, $144 million contract. I never thought of Hamels as an elite pitcher deserving of that kind of money, but I don’t sign the checks. He certainly isn’t deserving this year with such a terrible record. In fairness, the team is terrible and Hamels has otherwise maintained decent numbers. The Upper Deck X set consists of the player photo in front of a wacky “X” background. It’s OK, but nothing great. I can tolerate a few of these cards, but I am glad I didn’t purchase tons of this stuff back in the day.
I have been a New York Yankees fan for my entire life. I have collected baseball cards for over 20 years. I did take a brief hiatus from 1996 to 2004. Nine years is brief, right? I prefer cards made after 2004. I also prefer cards that measure 2.5 in. by 3.5 in. I also have a thing against baseball cards that don't feature a baseball player. I collect all teams and players, even the Red Sox.