The above Fleer card specifies that it is Cole Hamels Rookie Card, but that designation may vary. Hamels had cards at least as far back as 2003. 2006 was the first year of the current Rookie Card guidelines. Essentially a player gets the RC logo once they make a 25 man roster - apparently September Call ups don't count, I haven't bothered to research the latter point, but I question whether it is still followed.
Hamels came up in May of 2006 and thus earned the RC flair, His debut is covered in the text on the back of the card.
One of the issues I have always had with Upper Deck is they have no problem wasting acres of real estate on the flip sides
This is one of best photos I took early in my digital camera apprenticeship. Cole Hamels is facing Craig Biggio. It is a great photo to bring out today - on the Day that Biggio goes into the Hall and Hamels is fresh off his no-hitter.
This is one of the common shots I go after, the ball is in motion between pitcher and batter - in this pix the pitch appears to be pretty close to dead center of that 60 feet 6 inch stretch.
To read more about the great game where this photo was taken click here.
Since we are covering No-Hitters this year I am adding this posting to our Year of the No-Hitter index.
Sources and Links
1990 Year of the No-Hitter Index
Topps Baseball Card Database