As a well-heeled company focused on the card market, UD might set precedent where past oddball makers didn't see a battle worth fighting. A quick sift through the type collection turned up this ready example.
With the same players-only license, Sunoco wiped out hat logos and used cities instead of team names. The Orioles become "Baltimore" on the front and "Outstanding O's" on the back.
Sunoco's set honored 12 combos and doubled up on 2 classic teams, Boston and New York. Links go to any card scans I located.
- PIT: Willie Stargell and Bill Mazeroski
- PHI: Mike Schmidt and Steve Carlton
- CIN: Tony Perez and Joe Morgan
- NYY: Yogi Berra and Don Mattingly
- BAL: Jim Palmer and Frank Robinson
- BOS: Carlton Fisk and Luis Tiant
- BOS: Fred Lynn and Jim Rice
- DET: Sparky Anderson and Al Kaline (a manager? wow)
- PHI: Richie Ashburn and Robin Roberts (with painted logos)
- NYM: Tug McGraw and Gary Carter
- CLE: Lou Boudreau and Bob Feller
- NYY: Catfish Hunter and Roger Maris
Palmer and Robinson rank among the best O's ever, but are they #1 and 2? Check out Frost King Baseball's "All-Time Best Orioles (Since 1955)" for a stat-friendly answer.
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