Friday, August 27, 2010

1961 Nu-Card #155 Ken Bolin and #169 Charlie Rieves

Another two for one day! Two backs who played together for two years.

Ken Bolin was a back at the University of Houston from 1959 to 1961. He was co-captain of the 1961 team that went 5-4-1. Bolin had two 80 yard runs for touchdowns in the 1961 season. 80 yards ties for 7th longest run from scrimmage in UH history.

Other achievements:
6th career kickoff return average (24.9)
Leading rusher in 1960 (542 yards) and 1961 (356 yards)
Leader in kick returns in 1960 and 1961
Led the team in interceptions in 1961 with 4

Bolin was selected by the Houston Oilers in the 22nd round of the 1962 AFL Draft.

Charlie Rieves was another Cougar back from 1959 to 1960. He played 4 years of professional football for the Oakland Raiders and Houston Oilers.

Some of Rieves' UH accomplishments:
Leading rusher in 1959 (347 yards)
Tied for scoring leader in 1959 (18 points)
Led the team in scoring in 1960 (38 points)

Today's cards are from the 1961 Nu-Card set. #155 features Ken Bolin and #169 features Charlie Rieves. This set may be my all time favorite football card set.

1) The set focuses on college instead of pros. Although I enjoy both, I prefer college football
2) The pennant on the front epitomizes vintage college football to me
3) The cartoon football field and players make a great background
4) The pictures

Just look at these pictures! Let's start with Bolin. Does he look scared, in pain, or psychotic? And then there is Rieves' picture. He looks cartoonishly mad. The picture reminds me of a very angry Curly from the 3 Stooges.

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