Product Highlight: 1972 STP

A set doesn’t need to be large in order for it to be popular.  That certainly is the case when it comes to the 1972 STP set.

The 1972 STP set only consists of (11) cards:

  • Bobby Allison
  • Buddy Baker
  • Dick Brooks
  • Charlie Glotzbach
  • James Hylton
  • Elmo Langley
  • Fred Lorenzen
  • Fred Lorenzen w/ car
  • Dave Marcis
  • Benny Parsons
  • Richard Petty

When it comes to NASCAR collecting, these cards are considered the Holy Grail.  This is the first entirely NASCAR set issued.  The STP motor oil company distributed these cards for free at their publicity tent during the 1972 Daytona 500.  It’s design is quite basic, and reminds me a lot of Topps Stadium Club.  The card fronts feature full-bleed photos.  On the back of the cards you’ll find the driver’s name with a full write-up written in blue.  It really doesn’t get much simpler.

The two Fred Lorenzen cards are by far the most difficult to find.  Especially the one picturing him with his car.  Some believe his cards were pulled due to him not competing in the 1972 Daytona 500, and retiring shortly after that.  Bobby Allison’s card isn’t far behind.

Fred Lorenzen w/ car

Fred Lorenzen

Bobby Allison

Richard Petty

One Response

  1. It took me many years to hunt even one of these down. I found out about them in the 1990s but I didn’t get my first until 2015, on Ebay. I’d be curious to know how you determined they were given out at the Daytona 500 that year…because I believe they are actually from 1971. Mainly because the back of the cards refer to 1970 as last year, and it seems odd to me that they would feature Lorenzen so prominently in 1972 when their relationship had already ended by then, and they were with Petty that year- yet make no mention of that on the card. And Andy Granatelli was big on advertising.

    I’ve always thought that them being classed as 1972 was just Beckett getting it wrong, but if your source is correct, it could be that the cards were indeed produced the year before and not distributed yet.

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