Sunday, October 5, 2008

Fleer NFL Football Cloth Patch Stickers - Miami Dolphins

Taking a look at the Miami Dolphins, we find another example of a variation in the helmet patch between 1972 and 1973. For most teams, there is no difference between the 1972 and 1973 helmet patches as both have the single bar face mask. However, the Dolphins made a change in the lettering in the team name, going from an upper case print style (left) to a lower case script style in 1973 (right):

In 1974 the face mask changed to a double bar:

and in 1975 TMs were added:

Thanks to Craig for the patch pictured above as well as the patch below showing the 1976 Dolphins helmet cloth patch:

Rounding out the helmet stickers is the 1976 Hi-Gloss Dolphins helmet sticker:

Just as we saw with the helmet patches, the Dolphins logo patch also had the upper case print style in 1972 (top):

which changed to the lower case script style for the 1973 & 1974 logo patch (middle left). The 1975 patch is identical to the 1973/1974 patch except for the addition of TMs (middle right), and 1976 saw a green border added around both the cloth patch (bottom left) and the Hi-Gloss sticker (bottom right).

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