Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The 1962 Union Oil Dodgers Player Portrait Set - A Newly Completed Set for My Collection

WooHoo!  There's nothing like the joy of a completed set.

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.

Larry Burright

Doug Camilli

Andy Carey

Tommy Davis

Willie Davis

Don Drysdale

Ron Fairly

Jim Gilliam

Tim Harkness

Frank Howard

Sandy Koufax

Joe Moeller

Wally Moon

Ron Perranoski

Johnny Podres

Ed Roebuck

John Roseboro

Larry Sherry

Norm Sherry

Duke Snider

Daryl Spencer

Lee Walls

Stan Williams

Maury Wills

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Blog Kiosk: 6/24/2014 - Dodger Links - All-Star Dee Gordon, World Cup Fever and Don't Trade Kemp

Zack Greinke did not have a happy homecoming in Kansas City yesterday.  In just over 5 innings he allowed 5 earned runs on 11 hits.  On top of that, the Dodgers offense sputtered in the cavernous stadium.  The Dodgers lost 5 to 3.  Fortunately, the Giants also lost, so we didn't lose any ground.  Pic above via @Dodgers on twitter.
“I would absolutely love it,” Gordon said. “If I don’t, I don’t. And, honestly, I’m not supposed to be where I am anyway, but that would definitely be something that’s cool. My whole family would be there.” 
  • Via Nick Cafardo at the Boston Globe, claims that the Red Sox have been watching Matt Kemp.  Sounds creepy to me.  On the other hand, Rob Bradford at WEEI says there is no truth to the rumor.  It seems to me that the annual parade of rumors, innuendo's and fake headlines is starting right on time.  As always, I suggest ignoring these stories.  None of these "in the know" guys know what they are talking about.
  • Dustin Nosler at Dodgers Digest that, "There is no benefit to the Dodgers trading Matt Kemp."
There is no benefit to trading Kemp. If the Dodgers did trade him, not only would they have to a large portion of the $107 million he’s owed from 2015-19, the return would be miniscule at best. For Kemp to have any real trade value, he’d have to be hitting well for a few months. If that were the case, the Dodgers wouldn’t want to trade him anyway.
For the record, I agree with Dustin on this one.  Of all the outfielders we could trade, I would consider Kemp to be the least desirable to go since he has the best upside.  Besides, I always thought Ethier would be a better candidate for a trade.
  • Via Chad Moriyama at Dodgers Digest, "Down On The Farm Update: Games Of 6/16 – 6/22 – Seager, Leon, Pacheco."
  • A hearty Blue Heaven congratulations to all the folks who were elected to enter into the 2014 class of the Hockey Hall of Fame; especially former longtime Kings defenseman Rob Blake.
  • Some Dodgers have World Cup fever.

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