Archive for the ‘Player Retrospectives’ category

Bob Probert, RIP (1965-2010) – Vintage Red Wings Poster

July 7, 2010

The sudden death of former Detroit Red Wing enforcer Bob Probert has shocked the sports world. His death came on the afternoon of Monday July 5th. Bob and his family were on his boat in Lake St.Clair, near Windsor, Ontario when Probert collapsed around 2pm and was pronounced dead later that day in hospital.

Bob Probert 1992 Starline Poster - $19.95

Probert was drafted 43rd by the Red Wings in 1983, the same year they chose Steve Yzerman 4th overall. He played for the Red Wings from 1985-1994, when he was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks, where he retired in 2002. Over his career he racked up 384 points (163 goals and 221 assists). But what he was really known for were his bone crushing fights. Racking up 3300 penalty minutes and an amazing 303 fights over a 17 year career.

Bob was feared by anyone who ever laced up against him and praised by his team mates, who were greats such as Steve Yzerman, Chris Osgood and Sergei Fedorov. He went toe to toe countless times with greats such as Wendel Clark, Marty McSorley and Tie Domi to defend any of his team mates. Bob was always known for his stamina when squaring off with an opponent, and as the great Wendel Clark once said, “He started slow, but always finished strong”, which made him a very dangerous fighter.

As much as he was known for his iron fists on the ice, he was one of the nicest, most loved people off the ice. He will be sorely missed and never forgotten.

RIP Bob Probert  1965-2010

Posters and Prints from Muhammad Ali’s Most Famous Fights

May 26, 2009
With Leicester, England-based Pyramid Posters, and Yonkers, NY based Photofile now three years into their exclusive worldwide licenses with Muhammad Ali in posters and photographs, respectively, the selection of in-print Ali posters has never been better. In this post, we’ll present the high-quality prints available for some of Ali’s greatest fights – imagine having these on your wall, your own boxing hall-of-fame!

Ali-Liston II – May 25, 1965 – Liston may have dogged the fight, but he did provide what SI deemed to be the #1 sports photograph of the 20th century when Ali implored him to rise off the mat and take his beating like a man! This print is in Pyramid’s spectacular 24″x32″ gallery print series, suitable for framing and placement in a more sophisticated setting.

Ali-Liston II (May 25, 1965) Premium Poster Print

Ali-Liston II (May 25, 1965) Premium Poster Print

Ali-Frazier I – March 8, 1971 – “The Fight of the Century” lived up to its billing, as undefeated heavyweights Ali and Joe Frazier went toe-to-toe at Madison Square Garden for 15 rounds. While Frazier clinched the decision when he put Ali on the mat in the 15th, this Photofile 20″x24″ print captures the truly balanced nature of the fight: Frazier’s raw power, against Ali’s unmatched agility and creativity.
Ali-Frazier I - March 8, 1971 - 20 x 24 Photofile Photo Print

Ali-Frazier I - March 8, 1971 - 20" x 24" Photofile Photo Print

Ali-Norton II – September 10, 1973 – Six months after a broken-jaw humiliation at the hands of Ken Norton, Ali came back for a rematch, and provided one of the grittiest, most inspirational performances of his career. This print, again from Pyramid’s gallery print collection, brings you back to that night in California with a vicious Ali roundhouse right to the head.

Ali-Norton II - September 10, 1973 - Gallery Poster Print

Ali-Norton II - September 10, 1973 - Gallery Poster Print

Ali-Foreman – October 30, 1974 – “The Rumble in the Jungle” proved to be one of the most anticipated sporting events in history, won by Ali through people-power, rope-a-dope, and mastery of the head-games against the young, powerful, angry favorite, George Foreman. This amazing print, yet again from Pyramid’s gallery series, features the work of photographer Ken regan, who captured perfectly the moment of impact of Ali’s 8th-round right that put George down in defeat.

Ali-Foreman Rumble in the Jungle Knockout Punch - October 30, 1974

Ali-Foreman "Rumble in the Jungle" Knockout Punch - October 30, 1974

Ali-Frazier II – October 1, 1975 – “The Thrilla in Manila” ends after 14 punishing rounds, when an exhausted and wounded Joe couldn’t answer the bell for the 15th. This brilliant poster – published not by Pyramid or Photofile, but Rosensteil’s Fine Art – truly brings home the brutality of that fight with this late-round classic black-and-white photograph of Frazier ducking under an Ali right.

Ali-Frazier II - October 1, 1975 - The Thrilla in Manila Poster Print

Ali-Frazier II - October 1, 1975 - The Thrilla in Manila Poster Print

Ali-Norton III – September 28. 1976 – Yankee Stadium, NY – In the final big-time performance of his career, Ali outlasted Norton and won a split decision that thrilled the massive stadium crowd. This amazing Photofile 20″x24″ print is in living color, and captures the scene to perfection.

Ali-Norton III - September 28, 1976, Yankee Stadium - Photofile 20x24 Print

Ali-Norton III – September 28, 1976, Yankee Stadium – Photofile 20×24 Print

Brett Favre Posters, Part II: The Ironman Years (1998-2008)

April 9, 2008

I began the odyssey of Brett Favre’s career in posters last week with Brett Favre Posters, Part I: The Early Years (1993-1997). This post takes us from just past the penultimate year of Brett’s career (1997) to his retirement just over a decade later.

One final 1997 poster I left out of the last post is this truly goofy Nike release – “100% Prime” – which was the absolute worst seller of his career:

Brett Favre 1997 Nike Poster

A tiny action shot of Brett, slapped on a piece of shrinkwrapped pigskin made to look like raw meat? It may be creative, but it was a complete dud on the market.

Next up was 1998’s “Armageddon”, a somewhat sinister-looking poster from Costacos Brothers featuring Brett throwing downfield from a ring of hellfire. Another uninspired poster, which led to a couple of dry years for Brett fans:

Brett Favre Armageddon Poster Costacos Brothers 1998

As far as we can tell, the next Favre poster to come along was Starline Inc.’s 2001 release, “Grid Iron Man” – also one of the best, and representative of this era of his career, when he became football’s all-time ironman QB, and rolled along through the years with varying levels of team success around him:

Brett Favre Grid Iron Man 2001 Starline Poster

Also from Starline, this classic poster from’s exclusive “Retro SI” collection (still available), featuring the legendary Favre touchdown celebration:

Brett Favre Retro SI Poster Starline 2003

Also in 2003, Costacos Sports bought out competitor Starline (RIP) and regained their NFL Football license lost two years earlier. They released “True Grit” as part of their NFL line renewal. Also a classic, it seems to have been a bit of a copycat design of Starline’s “Grid Iron Man”:

Brett Favre True Grit Poster Costacos 2003

Two years later, Costacos published “Big Game Action” (2005), which we thought would be the final poster of Brett’s career:

Brett Favre Big Game Action Poster Costacos 2005

Favre returned for two more seasons, and when it appeared likely that 2007 would be his last, Costacos published “Legend” (still available) , which invokes memories of greatness, and the bittersweet moment of Brett taking off his helmet for the last time:

Brett Favre Legend Poster Costacos 2007

We were pushing Costacos Sports to produce a “career retrospective” poster before their licensing rights ran out, but it seems that dream is now dead – they simply don’t work that fast, and don’t have the creative thinkers on staff that they once did. For additional images of Favre, you can still purchase these 20″x24″ photo reprints from licensed sports photograph agency Photofile Inc. here in The Sports Poster Warehouse’s Brett Favre Collection:

Brett Favre Final Victory Poster Print Photofile 2008

Brett Favre Farewell Poster Print (2005) Photofile Inc.

Brett Favre Multi-Action Poster Print Photofile Inc.

If anyone knows of any posters we may have missed, let us know! Add a link, or any information, to the comments section of this post, or e-mail us at

Brett Favre Posters, Part I: The Early Years (1993-1997)

March 27, 2008

With the sudden retirement earlier this month of the record-smashing fan-favorite ironman QB of the Green Bay Packers, Brett Favre, I thought it I’d dig into the archives, and work up this retrospective on Brett’s poster releases through his career.

After ripping the starting job in 1992 from “The Majik Man”, Don Majkowski (how’s this for a rarity – the 1989 “Majik Man” poster from Costacos Brothers:),

Don Majkowski 1990 Costacos Brothers Poster

Favre had these two posters published at the start of the 1993 season – as far as we know, these were the first two regular-issue Favre posters ever published (note the 1993 “75th Anniversary” patch on Favre in the Starline poster; the photo for the Costacos poster is probably from 1992):

Brett Favre 1993 Starline and Costacos Brothers Posters

Brett’s second full season as the Packers starting Quarterback, 1994, was solid, but as far as we can tell, there were no new poster releases that year. But as he emerged as a perennial All-Pro and MVP candidate in 1995, the posters started rolling on in! Here’s his next two Costacos Brothers releases: the classic “Favre and Away” (click here for eBay auction, ends April 4), and the more subtle 1996 entry, from that year’s “Power Portrait” series:

Brett Favre Costacos Brothers Posters 1995 and 1996

January 27, 1997 was the day that launched the legend – Super Bowl XXXI in New Orleans, when a cannon-armed renegade became a National phenomenon. The following months saw a number of great poster releases, including the one everyone wants, “Leadership”, from the motivational-style Gallery Edition collection:

Brett Favre Posters 1997

And then there’s this Costacos Brothers rarity – “MVP”, commemorating Brett’s Back-to-Back MVP seasons of 1995 and 1996. This was likely a single-printing one-off produced for the local Wisconsin market, making it the most scarce of all 1997 releases:

Brett Favre 1995-1996 MVP Poster Costacos Brothers 1997

If you are aware of any other Favre posters from the early years that I’ve missed, leave a comment below, or e-mail me at And be sure to check back next week for Part II – Brett Favre Posters: The Ironman Years (1998-2008). In the meantime, for Favre posters that are still in-stock and available now, check out The Sports Poster Warehouse’s Brett Favre Collection.

Click here to continue on to: Brett Favre Posters Part II: The Ironman Years (1998-2008).