Friday, January 31, 2014

1972 Sunoco NFL Stamps

Over at Listia I bid on, and won, a pack of 1972 NFL Stickers that were used as premiums at Sunoco and DX gas stations.

Looking around the internet I found that the wrappers featured the Eagles, Jets, Dolphins, and Cowboys.

Nine stamps per packet.  624 stamps total.  Here's what they look like...

But how did they advertise in the newspapers?  Don Shula says:
Springfield Union - September 17, 1972
Apparently they were targeting girls.
Greensboro Daily News - October 1, 1972
And then back to the boys.  Specifically the boys.
Plain Dealer - December 20, 1972
The seasons changed but collecting is still primarily a manly thing.
Plain Dealer - January 8, 1973

Maybe their graphic artists got tired.
Springfield Union - January 11, 1973

Action News 6 - On Your Side...
Trenton Evening Times - February 26, 1973

I don't remember these as a youth.  It would have been in my early collecting period.  I'll have to ask my folks.  Anyone else remember collecting these when they originally came out?

For another look at the stamps, visit Chuck Miller's blog entry from a few years ago.

Newspaper images snagged from  Other images snagged from the internet in general.  Hunt them down yourself.


  1. I've seen these before... and might even have a stamp or two laying around in my collection. However, they were just a little before my time, so I never actually collected them when I was a kid.

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  3. I have wanted to pick up the Jets stamps for my Jets PC for while. I'm undecided about picking up a photo album or just putting them in nine pocket pages and storing them in a binder though. I would probably opt for the latter.

    The album was before my time. I was born in 1971, so I was 1 and 2 when these books came out. However, I do remember the Topps sticker albums from the 80's and those I feverishly collected. At 25 cents a pack, they were not breaking the allowance back and would buy bunches at a time. I wish I still had those albums. I think I may still have one of the baseball albums.

    I think Fleer tried their hand at sticker albums, but I don't think they were as successful as Topps was.