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Johnson, Johnny (RB-San Jose St)

CARDS: Upper Deck 1993, Action Packed Rookies 1990
ACQUIRED: 2014, Canton Acquisition. 2021, EBay

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Played 3 years at San Jose State from 1987-89.
  • Converted to RB in 1988, and had best year for the Spartans, racking up 1219 yards and 15 TDs on 233 carries.
  • Also had 61 receptions for 668 yards and 4 TDs, to total out 1887 yards from scrimmage.
  • Was a 7th round selection of the Phoenix Cardinals.
  • Went on to post 926 yards and 5 TDs (234 carries), and 25 receptions for 241 yards in 1990.
  • Posted 666 yards in 1991 and 734 in 1992.
  • Traded to the New York Jets in 1993, so the Cardinals could move up one spot and select Garrison Hearst.
  • Continued to post solid numbers, rushing for 821 yards in 1993, and a career high 67 receptions for 641 yards.
  • In 1994 had a career high 931 yards rushing and 240 carries and a 90 yard long.
  • After being cut in ’95, joined the 49ers in 1996, but aggravated a back injury on the first day of camp and never saw the field again.

ACCOLADES:

  • 1990 Pro Bowl
  • 1990 All Rookie Team

NOTES:

The 1990 draft rookies besides Emmitt Smith held some intriguing competition that all seemed to be felled by injury. Blair Thomas and Johnny Johnson each provided early competition for Smith- with Johnson actually garnering All Rookie Honors from the Pro Football Writers Association. Johnny actually only finished a few yards behind Smith in rushing, and 2 yards ahead of Emmitt in total yards in 1990. After that Emmitt quickly ran away with things, but Johnson just kept chugging, even if it was for some poor teams. in 1993 despite not rushing or receiving for over 1,000 yards, Johnson finished second in the AFC in total yards from scrimmage and was named Jets MVP for the year.

I’ve never been able to track down Johnny. I’ve sorta patchworked my way into some autographs of his but still need him on at least one more set need to close him out.

Johnny also makes his debut appearance on the game Tecmo Super Bowl as a pretty solid back for the Cards.

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Stargell, Tony

CARD: Action Packed Rookies 1990
ACQUIRED: EBay, 2021

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Played for Tennessee State from 1986-1989.

  • Notched 160 total tackles, 6 interceptions, 66 yards, and a TD.

  • With good size (6’0″) and speed (4.4 40), was selected in near the top of the 3rd round by the New York Jets during the 1990 draft.

  • Started at CB, recorded 2 interceptions and 89 tackles over rookie season.

  • Signed with Colts in 1992, starting 3 contests, intercepting 2 passes along 28 tackles.

  • Played in 1994 and 95 with Tampa, forcing a career high 4 fumbles in 1995.

  • Finished career out moonlighting for the Chiefs in 1996, and the Bears in 1997.

ACCOLADES:

  • 1990 NFL All-Rookie Team
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NOTES:

Tony Stargell is an absolute no signer via the mail, so after seeing a few autographs pop up on the front of his Action Packed Rookies card, I decided to pick this one up, since the set is such a vital set need now.

Morgan, Stanley (2)

Action Packed 1990, #166

Cards: Action Packed 1990, Fleer 1990, Action Packed Rookies 1990
Acquired: TTM 2021, C/o Home
Sent: 1/19 Received: 3/22 (62 Days)
Failure: TTM 2017, C/o Home

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

Fleer 1990, #323 Action Packed Rookies 1990, #72

NOTES:

When I sent to Stanley way, way back in 2011, he graciously signed 3 of 4 cards. Unfortunately he didn’t sign the card I truly wanted him to sign most of all- Action Packed Rookies 1990, a dire set need. I chocked it up as a lesson learned, and decided after a few years wait to give him another shot in 2017. This time he flat out didn’t respond. I was an outlier to a player who is typically a solid signer TTM, so I waited again a few more years, and finally in 2021, nabbed him on these three beautiful cards.