I got a box of 2008 Upper Deck X to bust. "Why" you say? Why not, I say. Other than nobody seems to like it very much. But, it was cheap, and it had 2 autos (on average) so I got a box. What the hell, right?
The following is what transpired
Here's the box. It's all black and whatnot with a big silver X on the front. But I don't need to tell you. You can see that for yourself. I'm not going back to erase it though. We're already past it. Just move on, dudes.
Base: Grady Sizemore
Was there any doubt as to who I would choose to represent the base cards?
Die Cut: Evan Longoria
This is exactly like the base cards but they are cut out into the shape of an 'X'. They used either some guy with a very steady hand, or a machine. Maybe they used a laser machine. I'm sure most of you know how they do it. I just never thought about it before, and I'm not about to look it up now.
And, no, I don't really think that they might have used some dude with a sharp pair of scissors or an exacto knife. you're not dealing with morons here.
Xponential: Ryan Zimmerman
I love Ryan Zimmerman. That's why I got him on my fantasy team...last year. When he kind of sucked.
Xponential 2: Jeff Kent
I figured I would be remiss if I didn't try to include Beardy's favorite player.
Xponential 3: Ichiro and Jeter
I got 2 of these cards. It seems that the higher the number you get the harder the pull. 3 is pretty high, therefore I only got 2 of them. It fits right in there between 2 and 4. Like I said, you're not dealing with morons.
Xponential 4: Ryan Howard
This is the only Xp 4 in the box. All of the Xponential variation cards are pretty shiny. They're all pretty much the same too. I'm having trouble figuring out what the hell the difference is between everything. They are only baseball cards in the academic sense; shiny and X shaped, and they had once been made of cardboard.
I'm also not sure why Upper Deck picked the letter 'X' to focus on. Not that there's anything wrong with 'X'. Why not 'Q', or 'F' or something? I guess it's so they could make "Xponential" variations, although I think Qponential is more fun to say, even if it doesn't really mean anything.
But let's get to the good stuff. What everyone has been patiently waiting for through my nonsensical ramblings. The 2 autograph cards.
This dude is a Baltimore reliever now, although he was with the Twins for the purposes of this card. I'm not sure it really matters. Brian Bass isn't the type of pull that makes you want to run over to Freedom Cardboard and yell mojo all over the damn place.
But, we know the next one will be better. The hit of the box.
Steve HolmDamn, I was excited there for a second. I thought I pulled a Steve Holt auto. That would have been awesome.
Instead I got another guy who I haven't heard of. Oh well. Pujols doesn't hit a home run every time either.
I figure I'll show my kid the die cuts. Then I'll give him some of those round tipped scissors and the base cards and see what he can do. I'm pretty sure he'll just end up trying to eat everything though, which I doubt will hurt the value very much.
It was a fun break, though. It always is.
Oh yeah, I got 4 of those dumb ass Yankee Stadium Legacy cards too.
Fred C. Harris and Brendan C. Boyd
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