Tuesday, August 24, 2010

1964 Topps #114 Curley Johnson

Curley Johnson played football at the University of Houston from 1954 to 1956. 1956 was Coach Bill Meek's last year, and the Cougars won the Missouri Valley Conference with a 7-2-1 record. The Coogs won 4 MVC titles in the 1950s.

As many players had to be in the past, Johnson played end, half back, and kicker. He was UH's leading rusher in 1955 with 469 yards.

He was named 1st Team All-Conference and Conference Back of the Year in 1955.

After his collegiate career, Curley was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 7th round of the 1957 NFL Draft. He played 10 years of professional football for the Dallas Texans, New York Titans, New York Giants, and New York Jets.

Today's card is the 1964 Topps #114. This card is a great example of why I love old school cards. Simple design. Bright colors. Just beautiful. The bright yellow background makes the picture pop. The blue stars for the border provides some flair. The black and white box with the name and team provides an anchor for it all.

I'm not sure where the uniform comes from. The Jets didn't wear red. Neither did the Titans. The Texans did wear red. Would a card feature a picture from 4 years prior when Curley played for the Texans? The Texans were red and gold. This looks red and white although there may be some gold trim around the number. Maybe it's just a random practice uniform.

The pose is great too. Johnson's carrying the ball, but with his fist clenched, it looks like he's ready to punch anyone who tries to tackle him.

The back is a nice blue, black, and white combination with a description of his abilities and his career.

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