Several weeks ago, I hinted at a recent purchase for my collection that had me very excited. For several years now, I've been on the hunt for complete sets of those Union Oil Dodgers' portraits made in the 1960's. There are three different one's (1962, 1964 & 1969), and they can be difficult to find. I've missed the mark on numerous occasions, but finally won a set that is both colorful and gorgeous. Check out my 1969 Union Dodgers Premium Pictures set featuring drawings by Nicholas Volpe.
As I'm sure you know, Volpe has a long history with the Dodgers. From the early 60's to the early 80's, he created player portraits for the Dodgers that were given away by Union Oil. This particular set was given away to fans at select weekday night games at Dodger Stadium. So, this was a very early Stadium Give Away (SGA). These evenings were billed as "Player Portrait Night".
The cards are a little thinner than a Baseball card (but still sturdy) and measure 8 1/2" x 11". Only 13 pictures are in the set, and it does not include several key players from the season; like Maury Wills, Manny Mota and Ted Sizemore.
I have scanned the front and reverse of each portrait. As you can see below, the backs have a player biography, stats, the Dodger home schedule and information about the artist. Click on any pic to embiggen.
Below are the remaining 12 Dodgers' portrait photos in the set.
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