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Ok - so in my quest to track down a decent graphic of the Tampa Bay Bucs' Bucco Bruce, I may have (unwittingly) stumbled into a logo controversy.

 

I see multiple versions of the helmet logo on the web (kinda how the Patriots have multiple versions of Patriot Pat).  Or maybe I'm wrong here.  I was only 2 where the Bucs debutted in 1976, so I wasn't sharp enough to catch the differences.

 

Anybody care to weigh in on what's what?  When was each one used??

 

Here's #1 (notice how the sword handle has grip areas and the earring is white)

https://dyn1.heritagestatic.com/lf?set=path[1%2F1%2F2%2F5%2F5%2F11255697]&call=url[file%3Aproduct.chain]

 

And here's #2 (notice how the sword handle is smooth and the earring is orange)

https://gamedayconnexion.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/095855976556.png

 

Help please....

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If I'm not mistaken - and I probably am - those are both right. The first, bigger Bruce is the original, and later, Bruce was downsized a bit and tweaked. 

 

Edit: Looks like maybe they started the logo smaller then grew it. 

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On 6/20/2020 at 2:20 AM, selgy said:

I think the images you see are the small differences over the years. 76-91 had the more white int he logo

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That last one is wrong - they're still using the bad logo, but at least they've downsized it.

 

And what's with the olive drab helmet and squashed terminator logo? 

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On 6/20/2020 at 2:20 AM, selgy said:


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Bruce makes for a great campy throwback alternate 25 years later, but I still can't wrap my head around an NFL team actually using that identity for 20 years... their '97 rebrand has to be the greatest in league history.

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On 6/23/2020 at 8:59 AM, C-Squared said:

 

Bruce makes for a great campy throwback alternate 25 years later, but I still can't wrap my head around an NFL team actually using that identity for 20 years... their '97 rebrand has to be the greatest in league history.

 

Their original identity is one of the best in NFL history and despite the Super Bowl-winning uniforms being a great look, they are a vast downgrade from the creamsicles. 

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What's even more crazy.....I was doing some more looking around on the Bucs own website, and their media guide from 2015 used an even different version of Bucco Bruce in the Ring of Honor graphic.  But at the size it was at, almost no one who is just glancing will notice it's any different.  Kinda steamed me a bit as an original Bucs fan that I cannot find a "clean" version of the Bucco Bruce 1.0 and 2.0 helmet logos (from my links above) rendered as high-quality graphics (as opposed to terrible trace-overs).

 

Reference: https://allvectorlogo.com/tampa-bay-buccaneers-ring-of-honor-logo/ 

Also not correct: https://poshmark.com/listing/Tampa-Bay-Buccaneers-Ring-of-Honor-Selmon-63-Tee-5eef2a74941f17b02e4cac62 

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