Sunday, May 6, 2007

1968 Jack In the Box Elvin Hayes

Keeping with the theme of the last post of learning UH's history, let's look at an old school legend, Elvin Hayes. Hayes was probably the greatest college player in UH history. Winning the The Sporting News College Basketball Player of the Year award in 1968, Hayes scored 39 points and pulled down 15 rebounds per game.

Probably his most famous game of his college career was in The Game of the Century at the Astrodome where UH snapped UCLA's 47 game winning streak. 52,629 attended the game (a record at the time for any basketball game), and it was the first nationally televised regular season college basketball game.

Hayes was selected #1 in the NBA draft and led the NBA in scoring his rookie year. He had a fabulous NBA career spanning 16 seasons. He is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame and was named one of the 50 greatest players of all time.

For today's collectible, let's look at an oddball card. For those unfamiliar with collecting terminology, an oddball is a card not part of a mainstream set. Frequently these cards come with food items or only have a limited regional release. Today's collectible is the 1968 Jack In the Box Elvin Hayes card. This card pre-dates Hayes' "official" rookie card in the 1969-1970 Topps set.

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