Thursday, June 12, 2008

1969 Bengals Tresler Comet #13 Warren McVea

Although it has been 40 years since his career ended at the University of Houston, Warren McVea is still considered by many to be the greatest Cougar running back ever.

In 1966, he was an All American honorable mention and in 1967 he was second team All American. He ended his career with 3,009 all purpose yards including catching a 99 yard pass. He was a fourth round AFL draft pick. On top of his on the field accomplishments, he also holds the distinction of being the first African-American football player at UH.

Unfortunately no major card manufacturer printed a Warren McVea card, but four McVea cards are available. Today's card is the 1969 Bengals Tresler Comet #13. Tresler Comet was a regional oil company primarily in the Cincinnati area. This set was distributed through Tresler Comet gas stations. The distribution of this set was fairly low, but the McVea card is a short print even for the set.

The photo is a sepia posed shot. It looks like the number is airbrushed in orange. Also an orange facsimile autograph is on the card. I have no idea if this is really McVea's autograph as card companies have been known to use bogus autographs for facsimilies.

I would love to have this card or the 1968 Champion Corn Flakes #3A42. McVea was such an important player in UH history that his few collectibles should be highly desirable to the UH collector.

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