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Campbell, Tom ‘Mr. Clutch’

CARD: UT Upper Deck 2011 Certified, UT Upper Deck 2011, UT Upper Deck 2011 National Champions 1969
ACQUIRED: EBay, 2020. TTM 2022, C/o Home
SENT: 4/18/22 RECEIVED: 7/14/23 (452 DAYS)


  • Walk on Freshman who played for the Longhorns from 1968-69.
  • Finished Longhorn career with 13 interceptions.
  • Had a particular penchant for showing up big in big games.
  • Against Tennessee in the 1969 Cotton Bowl, Campbell intercepted 2 passes and batted down 4 more.
  • Tom had the game sealing interception in the ‘Game of the Century’ versus Arkansas in 1969.
  • Had critical interception in final game of career against Notre Dame, intercepting QB Joe Theismann on the Fighting Irish’s final drive preserving UT’s National Championship.


  • Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame


I guess they really didn’t have any shots of Tom other than his press photo. While it is a nice shot of him, using it three times smacks of laziness and overkill.

Back in 2014 he was appearing at a card show in Waco but I was unable to attend because I got sick. In the long run I was lucky I didn’t go, as a random hard freeze occurred during that day and would have trapped me up there or made the journey very dangerous.

I thought that I’d written Tom a few times before I reached out to him in 2022. I had initially let this one go as a failure as I hadn’t heard from him in over a year, but lo and behold from right across town, one day these magically showed up.

Jones, AJ ‘Jam’

University of Texas Upper Deck 2011, #40

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.


Brown, Chykie

Card: UT Upper Deck 2011
Acquired: 2019, Paid Signing

I had been beating myself up for various reasons about not getting Chykie Brown. He originally appeared at a Texas Longhorns Neighborhood Bowling event way back in 2012 that Rod had invited me to, but I didn’t see him among the participants and only figured out after the fact I had missed out on getting his autograph on this card. As I have closed in on finishing this set off, he’s become quite the white whale for me. His certified card for some reason frequently fetches somewhere in the neighborhood of 100.00 on Ebay. Well out of my tastes and price range. So I stumbled luckily upon a signing and knocked him out for a reasonable 10 bucks and called it a day.

Chykie played for DBU (that’s Texas) from 2007 to 2010. He started 29 games at CB and posted 106 total tackles, 2 interceptions, 4 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles. The defensive minded Baltimore Ravens selected him in the 5th round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He’d go on to play 6 seasons in the NFL, playing for the Ravens (2011-14), Giants (2014-15), and Bengals (2016). He’d earn a Super Bowl ring in 2012 with the Ravens.