I like to consider myself an expert when it comes to Suns memorabilia. Like any expert I was excited to learn something I didn't know when I was browsing the Suns archives and stumbled upon the first Suns logo designed by Stan Fabe in 1968. Well technically this would have been the 2nd Suns logo because the first logo was rejected by the owners and they sought out Stan Fabe to design another. I had never seen this logo until finding this on Suns.com. Check it out: http://www.nba.com/suns/gallery/suns-logos-through-years?page=0
As you can see the first version used nearly the same font, but the burst goes all the way around the basketball. Also the color around the burst appears to be dark red. Here's the updated version that was used for 24 years until they changed it for the 25 year anniversary. Actually as I'm looking at this I am realizing that they tweaked it somewhere along the way because the font looks more angular and I've seen three versions of this logo. In one version the orange area around the basketball matches the orange of the basketball. Here the basketball has a muddy gold hue. Another even rarer version has the basketball in purple.
Anyways just thought some of the older fans, historians, and logo nerds would enjoy this. Now the elusive hunt starts for any piece of memorabilia with this first draft by designer Stan Fabe. Also what was the VERY first logo that the Suns owners rejected that led them to seek Stan Fabe for a complete re-design in the first place? How awful was it? Here's the original article on Suns.com that led to me finding this first draft elsewhere on the web site. http://www.nba.com/suns/history/68_69recap.html