Thursday, July 29, 2010

1990 Topps #495 James Dixon

The University of Houston has a long history of great wide receivers. One of those Cougar greats is James Dixon who played at UH from 1987 to 1988 after coming from Cisco Junior College.

Dixon teamed up with Jason Phillips to form one of the greatest wide receiving duos in NCAA history. They were the first two wide receivers to have 1,000 yards receiving on the same team. They also were the first teammates to be 1st and 2nd in receptions per game.

He has some amazing statistics as a receiver:
#7 in game receptions (15 vs Rice 11/26/88)
#6 in season receptions (102 in 1988)
#9 in season receiving yards (1,103 in 1988)
Tied for 6th in season receiving TDs (11 in 1988)
#7 in career receptions 161

He was also a great kick returner:
#8 in longest kickoff return (94 yards vs SHSU 9/26/87)
#6 in season kickoff return average (27.4 in 1987)
#4 in career kickoff return average 25.3

He was named 2nd Team All American in 1988 as well as 1st Team All Southwest Conference.

He was not drafted in the NFL. In 1988, he played for the Fort Worth Cavalry in the Arena Football League. But he did get a chance to play in the NFL after that, playing for the Dallas Cowboys from 1989 to 1991.

Today's card is the 1990 Topps #495. This is one of the last old school low end card styles. Looking at the card back, you can see why cards are called cardboard even though the stock has greatly improved since then. As we continue to move backwards through the years, you'll see more and more of this style and less diversity of design.

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