Top 10 Throwback Logos of All Time

Clint EilandAnalyst IJanuary 10, 2012

Top 10 Throwback Logos of All Time

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    When a team tries to change its look, there is always some backlash. Sometimes the change is for the better, sometimes it is for the worse.

    In order to be a successful logo, you need something eye catching. Something that draws people in and is immediately recognizable. These are the logos that were the best of the best. These are the logos that any team or fan would proudly wear. 

10. Tampa Bay Devil Rays

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    This logo was before the "devil" was dropped and Tampa Bay wore it from 1998-2008. Sure it was associated with "the old Rays," but man, the purple and green was the signature of the Rays. 

9. Houston Astros

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    I would gladly go back to this logo instead of the current one. They haven't had much success in their short lived history, but at least they have some nice looks.

8. Denver Broncos

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    Greats like John Elway have played in this classy, pleasing logo. Its got a nice mix of elegance and classic look. Sure the new one looks tougher, but this one made sure you knew the Broncos were going to beat you fair and square.

7. Winnipeg Jets

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    Although they are the newest revived franchise, the Jets have always known how to show up in style. This looks like a true classic logo, with tons of stuff going on, making sure that the viewer is staring at it. The J as the hockey stick is brilliant, and has a nice font to it.

6. Houston Oilers

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    Sorry I couldn't find just the logo, but this is good enough. While they had periodic success, the most interesting thing about them was their color scheme and logo. The oil rig was an odd, yet perfect logo, and the light blue mixed with red made even the most patriotic American male blush. 

5. Charlotte Hornets

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    I will never accept the New Orleans Hornets. Charlotte is a beautiful city whose nickname is "The Hornet's Nest." Having the Hornets in New Orleans just isn't right. While they haven't really been successful, the Hornets have the most recognizable color scheme in sports. Who new that a purple and turquoise hornet with a basketball would be so noticeable? 

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    Buccaneer Bruce: the classiest of fellows. The bright orange and red reflected the sunny, peaceful lifestyle of Tampa Bay. Whenever I see this logo, I see Lee Roy Selmon getting behind the offensive line and embarrassing some running back or QB. I love our current logo and scheme, but it's always nice to go back every once in a while.

3. Vancouver Grizzlies

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    Once again, a relatively unsuccessful franchise (I'm starting to see a theme here) with awesome logos and colors. Not only that, but that logo is legitimately threatening. The sharp claws, teeth, and really does intimidate other teams. 

2. New York Islanders

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    I have no idea why this logo only lasted a couple of years. This is one of the best logos I've ever seen, vintage or not. Its color placing is brilliantly mixed and provides an attractive logo. The fisherman with the hockey stick looks great, and the Islanders in huge font on the bottom is amazing. Definitely one of the best logos ever.

1. Denver Nuggets

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    This is the embodiment of a classic logo. Rainbow colors, and electric looking writing. If there is one way to catch someones attention, it's to have all the colors in their logo.

    The mountains in the background provide a nice touch and a good shout out to the city of Denver. Another huge plus? What other team would you be able to wear these kicks with?