My New 1972 Sunoco Stamps

December 9th, 2009  |  Published in My Collection, New in the Gallery, Oddball  |  5 Comments

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote that I bought a set of 1972 Sunoco stamps on eBay. Well, I received them, and I’m very pleased. The stamps are just as described, and the seller packed them well: stars in sleeves and top loaders, and commons in team bags. The auction included a deluxe stamp album, and the seller also threw in a checklist and two stamps from the update set. (They’re the Norm Thompson and Dave Costa stamps pictured here.) It was great fun opening the package: I kept pulling out more and more stuff! The seller, rl1114, has lots of other items for sale, too, so check him out.

It will probably take me months to scan the stamps for the Vintage Football Card Gallery, so I’ll write blog entries for intermediate steps. So far I entered all of the players’ names, added personal information (college, position, hometown, etc.) for some of the players, and scanned the five pre-rookie stamps in the set so I could add them to my pre-rookie card page. Two of the pre-rookies are pictured here: Dan Dierdorf and Art Shell.

The stamp album is still in its original shrink wrap, but I’m curious, so I’ll probably have to unwrap it. Maybe that will be my next article on the set.

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  1. John Bateman says:

    December 10th, 2009 at 12:43 PM (#)

    I remember collecting these back in 1972. There was always a rumor that there were update stamps but I never saw them. I guess that is what Costa and Thompson are. I believe there is a 1972 Franco Harris rookie also.

  2. nearmint says:

    December 10th, 2009 at 6:35 PM (#)

    Hi John, thanks for checking in. I don’t see a Franco Harris stamp on the checklist, and the checklist includes both the orginal and update stamps. It’s interesting: from the checklist it appears that the update stamps replaced some of the original stamps, rather than being an add-on set. From that I infer that the stamps they replaced were somewhat short-printed.

  3. Rob Lewis(rl1114) says:

    December 14th, 2009 at 9:38 PM (#)

    Thanks for the nice words and putting up the link to my auctions.
    As for the update set, these is no Franco Harris RC.The biggest stars in the uodate set are a Bobby Moore RC(he later changed his name to Ahmad Rashad),Cliff Branch RC, and Jim Langer RC. You are correct that they removed players to fit the update players onto the team sheets.
    The team sheets and update stamps were only available thru mail in. You could order the whole team sheets or singles of any player.
    I can send an update stamp order form(copy,not original) to anyone who wants to send me a SASE. Please contact me at
    Both size albums, 56pg and 128pg, had the same 144 stamps inside. There are very few stars in the 144 stamps-a Lyle Alzado RC is about it. Thanks again! Rob Lewis

  4. 1972 Sunoco Stamp Trader Wallets | Nearmint's Vintage Football Card Blog says:

    August 6th, 2010 at 5:15 AM (#)

    […] The two stamps in the photo marked “NEW PLAYER” are from the update set. The NEW PLAYER part detaches from the rest of the stamp along a perforation. You can see this in better detail in an earlier article. […]

  5. wendy paulsen says:

    August 8th, 2010 at 10:55 PM (#)

    thanks, thanks alot john ! i thought i finally found something/anything on these dang “trader wallets” of mine – clicked on & it’s my own photo i’d sent you……… o-well, the rearch goes on ! ( i just had to share that with ya’ll ).. thank you for your friendly input. wendy -okc.,okla.