Last week, I was able to finally finish off another Dodgers Union Oil Player Portrait set. This time I was able to complete the 1962 Union Oil Dodgers Player Portraits set, and I have scanned it in its entirety in order to share. Earlier in the year, I snagged a 1969 Union Oil set for a bargain of a price. This time, I had to build this set from several large lots I was able to find on eBay.
As you know, these portraits feature drawings by noted artist Nicholas Volpe. The 1962 set consist of 24 different sheets, and measure 8 1/2" x 11". I am not entirely sure if these were given out by select Union Oil gas stations or were a giveaway at games at Dodger Stadium. My trusted standard catalog doesn't provide any clues about that, but it does mention that it has been reported that as many as 200,000 copies of each portrait was produced. I know that sounds like a lot, but considering the passage of time it's likely a vast majority of them are long gone. Still, it's a gorgeous set that tends to command a premium when in great condition.
Check out the entire set below. Click on any pic to embiggen.
BTW, I've got only the 1964 set remaining to complete, and I only need 3 more sheets - Willie Davis, Joe Moeller and Lee Walls.
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