CARD: University of Texas Upper Deck 2011 ACQUIRED: Ebay, 2020
Followed in Earl Campbell‘s footsteps playing RB at the University of Texas.
Best year came in 1979, rushing for 918 yards on 188 carries, scoring 10 TDs.
Ran for a career high 165 yards against Arkansas in 1980.
Finished career at UT logging 645 career carries for 2874 yards and 27 TDs.
Selected in 8th round of 1982 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams.
Dressed for 29 games for the Rams from 1982-1985.
Finally saw some playing time with the Lions in 1985 as a kick returner.
Played alongside a duo of other Jones players. The trio was nicknamed ‘The Ham, Lam and Jam Jones Show’. I had wanted to get him for a while but saw a well priced certified on EBay to knock Jam off my list. Strangely this set is the only one to have any cards of AJ in them. I’m sure he was tickled to finally have one. He’s got a great autograph.
I did a trade with Jake, a friend and member of the autograph group I run on Facebook. I had recently gotten a Jamaal Charles autograph in person on a card he needed, but I liked some of the Action Packed autographs that he was offering up, so I switched him for Rodney Peete and Mel Gray on their cards, knowing that they were not great signers, that they were set needs, and that he had probably gotten this through a paid signing.
I had been after Eric Jones forever and a day on this card, but due to the commonality of his name, I was unable to locate him. I had done some research that led me down a rabbit hole that he was working for a medical device manufacturer, but the trail went cold- so I gave up. Thankfully Mark, of Mark’s Signing Bonus came to the rescue. He shot me a line and I was able to get Eric on this card. He also included a nice note thanking me for being a fan. Unfortunately, I do not believe that Mark ever got his autograph back from Eric… And since that point the address has grown cold.
Celebrating the game, the players, the cards, and the autographs for over 25 years.