Wednesday, September 1, 2010

1956 Giants Team Issue #6 Bobby Clatterbuck

Bobby Clatterbuck played quarterback at the University of Houston from 1951 to 1953.

Some of his statistics are still in the UH record books:

  • Tied for 1st in fewest interceptions thrown in a season (3 in 1953)

  • Tied for 9th for longest touchdown pass (84 yards to Vic Hampel against Detroit 9/28/51)

  • Led team in passing all 3 years (1951 966 yards, 1952 736 yards, 1953 276 yards).

  • Led team in total yards in 1952 (702)

More important than his statistics are the many firsts involving Clatterbuck:

  • Played in the Cougars 1st bowl game, a 26-21 victory over Dayton in the 1952 Salad Bowl to cap the 1951 season.

  • Played on the Cougars first ranked team, #19 on 11/17/1952. UH dropped out of the polls the next week and finished the season unranked despite winning every game after that 1 week they were ranked and winning the Missouri Valley Conference.

  • First Cougar to play in the NFL (1954).

  • First Cougar on a major manufacturer card (1955 Bowman #141).

Bobby was selected by the New York Giants in the 27th round of the 1954 NFL Draft. He played professional football for 5 years for the Giants and the Los Angeles Chargers.

Today's card is the 1956 Giants Team Issue #6. These cards are 4 7/8" by 6 7/8". The front has a black and white photo of the player with a facsimile autograph. The back has a brief bio and lists career highlights.

These team issue cards are growing on me. I don't think they'd be a perfect fit for a traditional card collection. But because of their larger postcard or photograph size and photograph layout vs card layout, I think they would be great for framing and display purposes.

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