Winter Olympics Posters – Our Top Five Favourites

Posted February 21, 2014 by Neil Flagg
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While the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi have been a terrific sporting spectacle, sadly their product licensing department dropped the ball, and consequently there was no worldwide licensee for posters. As far as we know, only a single Russian publisher had any designs available, and they were forbidden from exporting to us here in North America. But, it does give us an opportunity to review with you our top-five favourite official Winter Olympics poster designs from years past. (All previous Olympic Games official posters are available in our Olympic Museum Collection).

5. Lake Placid 1980

Lake Placid 1980 Winter Olympic Games Official IOC Poster Reprint - $34.95

Lake Placid 1980 Winter Olympic Games Official IOC Poster Reprint – $34.95

This simple, beautiful design became an icon for an era, introducing a color scheme that dominated the early 1980s, and evoking the glorious cold-war-era victory of Team USA over the Soviets in hockey in that year’s “Miracle on Ice”.  Many consider Lake Placid 1980 to have been the greatest Winter Games of all-time, a model that has rarely been matched since!

4. Innsbruck 1964

Innsbruck 1964 Winter Olympic Games Official IOC Poster Reprint - $34.95

Innsbruck 1964 Winter Olympic Games Official IOC Poster Reprint – $34.95

As the Lake Placid poster became a design icon for the ’80s, this official poster for Innsbruck, Austria’s first of two Winter Olympic Games became a style guide for 1960s ski fashion. The blue-on-blue color scheme is spectacular, and the snowflake icon is simply stunning. A bit of trivia for Winter Olympics fans: Innsbruck hosted the games again just 12 years later, when they were originally awarded to Denver, Colorado, but then relocated to Innsbruck again after Denver’s voters rejected the games due to skyrocketing costs.

3. St. Moritz 1948

St. Moritz, Switzerland 1948 Winter Olympic Games Official IOC Poster Reprint - $34.95

St. Moritz, Switzerland 1948 Winter Olympic Games Official IOC Poster Reprint – $34.95

After a twelve-year absence due to World War II, the Olympics returned to the world stage with the St. Moritz games of 1948. The poster design is magnificent, evoking a new dawn in the war-torn history of Europe, with two cross-country skiiers watching in awe as the sky comes alive with a frost-filled sunrise atop the alps. Amazing 1940s-era style!

2. Salt Lake City 2002

Salt Lake 2002 Winter Olympic Games

Salt Lake 2002 Winter Olympic Games “Light the Fire Within” Vintage Original Poster – $39.95

We have always adored this poster, with its motivational message (“Light the Fire Within”), and its unique artwork featuring a fiery torch-bearer emerging out of the snow and ice of the winter chill. Surprisingly, the IOC chose the much-more pedestrian “Salt Lake Flag” design as it’s “official” Salt Lake 2002 poster for posterity; however, we remain partial to this one as the true visual-arts symbol of that magnificent games.

1. Lake Placid 1932

Lake Placid 1932 Winter Olympic Games Official IOC Poster Reprint - $34.95

Lake Placid 1932 Winter Olympic Games Official IOC Poster Reprint – $34.95

This spectacular work of graphic arts set a standard for Winter Games posters that, in our opinion, remains unmatched to this day. It has it all – the Olympic rings prominently displayed; the location and dates in an iconic font style evocative of the era; a superb art deco-era overall appearance; and artwork that includes one of the key sports of winter competition, with a ski jumper soaring high above a map of the USA, with Lake Placid’s location clearly marked in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. Simply perfect!

Super Bowl XLVIII (New York New Jersey 2014) Official Posters For Sale

Posted January 26, 2014 by Neil Flagg
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Every year they get harder and harder to find in stores…but you can always count on Sports Poster Warehouse to have the official Super Bowl posters in stock! Don’t delay, order now to make sure you don’t miss out. First, there’s the official Theme Art poster, aka the “Event Poster”, featuring the Super Bowl XLVIII Vince Lombardi Trophy logo in the sky above Manhattan, with the official game ball on the New Jersey boardwalk, the game date, and the motto “Don’t Get Left Inside!”, playing off the fact that this will be the first cold-weather outdoor Super Bowl game in history:

Super Bowl XLVIII (New York New Jersey 2014) Official Theme Art Event Poster

Next, it’s the annual favorite, “Super Tickets”, which features as its centerpiece the official program cover and ticket art for Super Bowl XLVIII, the Lombardi Trophy as a Manhattan skyscraper:

Super Bowl XLVIII “Super Tickets” 47 Years of History Poster

Next, it’s the official Pop Art poster of Super Bowl 48, now an annual classic since its inception in 2001. The artist, Charles Fazzino, is a New York native and resident who has taken great pride in his depiction of gameday in his home town:

Super Bowl XLVIII Official Pop Art poster by Charles Fazzino

Next, there’s the official Pennant of Super Bowl XLVIII, entitled “Rain, Sleet, or Hail Mary”:

Official Pennant of Super Bowl XLVIII

And finally, there’s the official Banner:

Super Bowl XLVIII “NYNJ” Official Premium Felt Banner

 

FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil Official Poster Series – In Stock Now

Posted October 23, 2013 by Neil Flagg
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FIFA World Cup 2014 Official Posters

They’re here! The official posters for World Cup 2014 are in stock, and they are amazing. Unmistakeably Brazilian in style and color palette, they come from the designers at Rio’s Crama Agency, who should become a world-renowned creative force after these posters become better-known over the course of the next few months. The official event poster comes in both a worldwide English-language edition, and a host-country Portuguese-language version. Each of the 12 host cities has a unique poster, with the two Semi-Final cities and the Championship Final locale (Sao Paolo, Belo Horizonte and Rio de Janiero) sold together as a three-poster set. Here are the pictures of each poster; click on any image below to link to full details and ordering links.

FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil Host-Country Portuguese Edition Poster

FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil Host-Country Portuguese Edition Poster

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FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil Worldwide English Edition Event Poster

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FIFA World Cup 2014 Official Venue Poster – Brasilia (#0946)

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FIFA World Cup 2014 Official Venue Poster – Cuiaba (#0947)

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FIFA World Cup 2014 Official Venue Poster – Curitiba (#0948)

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FIFA World Cup 2014 Official Venue Poster – Fortaleza (#0949)

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FIFA World Cup 2014 Official Key Venue Posters – Rio, Sao Paolo, Belo Horizonte

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FIFA World Cup 2014 Official Venue Poster – Manaus (#0950)

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FIFA World Cup 2014 Official Venue Poster – Natal (#0951)

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FIFA World Cup 2014 Official Venue Poster – Porto Alegre (#0952)

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FIFA World Cup 2014 Official Venue Poster – Recife (#0953)

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FIFA World Cup 2014 Official Venue Poster – Salvador (#0955)

 

Classic Photo: Brett Favre’s Sports Poster-Filled Dorm Room, c.1989

Posted October 9, 2013 by Neil Flagg
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An awesome picture somehow dug up by the sports gossip site TerezOwens.com! Some of the great old-school posters seen on Brett’s ceiling: Jose Canseco “40-40″, Jerry Rice “Goldfingers”, Michael Jordan “Big-Time” Door-Sized, Bo Jackson “Double Trouble” (Royals & Raiders), Dwight Gooden 1980s SI Poster, Joe Montana “Job Security”, and what looks like QB posters of Randall Cunningham and Warren Moon, among others. (Note that TerezOwens calls this “Brett Favre at 23″, but that would date this picture at 1992, when he was already an NFL QB with the Atlanta Falcons. Most likely, this is Brett in his Southern Miss dorm room, circa 1989.

Brett Favre in his Dorm Room at Southern Miss, c.1990.

Brett Favre in his Dorm Room at Southern Miss, c.1989.

Jackie Robinson Day: A lasting legacy

Posted April 15, 2013 by gregauman
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Baseball holidays rarely transcend outside the sport — you celebrate Opening Day, but it doesn’t have an impact outside baseball and its fans. But Jackie Robinson Day is a different case, as April 15 celebrates a day that resonates across all sports and American culture. The day commemorates the anniversary of Robinson’s major-league debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, a landmark moment as the first African-American to break baseball’s color barrier.


No image captures that historic aspect of the day better than this photo taken from April 15, 1947 — Robinson, arm in arm with three white Dodgers teammates: Spider Jorgensen, Pee Wee Reese, and Eddie Stanky. This was a sport embracing something in a way that helped society do the same.

What do you remember most about Jackie Robinson? If you’ve seen the new movie “42″ celebrating his life, what did you like best about the movie? This is a day to celebrate all things Jackie Robinson, so your comments are welcome.

Celebrating the life of Jackie Robinson

Posted April 14, 2013 by gregauman
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This is a huge weekend for Jackie Robinson fans — Monday, of course, is Jackie Robinson Day, when major-league baseball celebrates his legacy every year on the anniversary of his historic debut in 1947. This year has a much greater awareness of Robinson because the movie that chronicles his life “42″ — opens nationally in theaters today, bringing the unforgettable story of a baseball pioneer to another generation.



Sports Poster Warehouse has a great collection of beautiful posters of Robinson and his contemporaries — perhaps the most iconic is this shot of Robinson stealing home during a 1952 game. This rare, bold feat is Robinson exemplified, requiring equal parts courage and athleticism. He did so 20 times in his major-league career, and it’s synonymous enough with his success that biographies have been named “Stealing Home.”

What makes this photograph so memorable? Perhaps it’s the ballcap literally flying off his head the instant the picture was taken, or the perfection of his slide, or the look of the supporting cast, from the outstretched catcher to the umpire and teammate watching. Robinson even stole home in a World Series game — in 1955 against the Yankees, with Yogi Berra catching — and you can see a video of that play here. But if you’re looking for a single image that captures Jackie Robinson’s amazing baseball career, this poster might be it.

“Share your Fan Walls and Win” 2013 Contest Winners!

Posted April 7, 2013 by Neil Flagg
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Thank you all for participating in our 2013 “Share your Fan Walls and Win” contest! With so many great entries, it was a real challenge to pick the best-of-the-best; but rest assured, the winners were more than worthy.

Judged by our President, Neil Flagg, and our Customer Service Manager, Islay Julen, each entry was evaluated on the criteria of: poster content, poster presentation, and overall room design.

We are proud to announce that the first prize winner ($100 spending spree at SportsPosterWarehouse.com) is Herman Sahota of Central California! Whether you love the San Francisco 49ers or not, you will appreciate the room he calls his “Niners Man Cave”:

The $100 winner of our 2013 "Share your Fan Walls and Win" contest - Herman Sahota's "Niners Man Cave"

The $100 winner of our 2013 “Share your Fan Walls and Win” contest – Herman Sahota’s “Niners Man Cave”

First, the posters: four awesome action posters of all-time San Francisco 49ers greats, including two classics still available at SportsPosterWarehouse.com (Joe Montana “Signature Series” and Jerry Rice “Going Deep”). Next, the presentation: each one is handsomely displayed in identical professional-quality glass frames with attractive black moulding for a classy touch, and brought to life with recessed halogen lighting placed at measured intervals. Finally, the overall room design: Herman went all-out with official Niners red-and-gold colors, and other great Niners accents like clocks and pillows that top the room off to perfection. Congratulations, Herman – and hope the rest of you got some great ideas for next year!

Our second prize winner ($50 credit at SportsPosterWarehouse.com) goes to Mark Daley of Ontario, Canada, and his phenomenal bedroom we’ll call “The Canadian Cave”.

"The Canadian Cave" - 2nd-Place Winner Mark Daley

“The Canadian Cave” – 2nd-Place Winner Mark Daley

Mark’s amazing room is filled on all four walls with great posters and other memorabilia featuring his two sporting passions: Toronto Blue Jays baseball, and Canada’s national sports of hockey. We love the old-school Jays posters – particularly the Costacos Brothers classic “Jays of Thunder” featuring Roberto Alomar and Joe Carter, and the hockey selection is amazing as well, with many rare Team Canada and Maple Leafs posters prominently displayed. Mark’s presentation is also spectacular, with everything slotted in carefully on its own theme wall. (Personally, we’re looking forward to a new 2013 Toronto Blue Jays World Series Champions poster on that wall this November!)

Third prize, a $25 account credit, goes to Adam and Aaron Laudati of Connecticut, for what we call “The Garage of Dreams”:

Aaron Laudati's "Garage of Dreams" - 3rd Place Winner

Aaron Laudati’s “Garage of Dreams” – 3rd Place Winner

What this room lacks in comfort and finish, it makes up for in having one of the most unique collections of rare old-school posters we’ve ever seen! Displayed in sharp black frames around the ceiling line of his home’s garage are an eclectic mix of players in original Sports Illustrated , Starline and Nike designs from the 1970s and ’80s. Some all-time classics are here, like Michael Jordan in rookie action, and the famous George Gervin “Iceman” theme poster. Then, we get into some fan-favorite New England-area stars  like Craig James, Kevin Dineen and Carl Yastrzemski. Then, there’s some rarities we almost never see around, like an early-career Mats Sundin Quebec Nordiques poster, a posthumous Roberto Clemente “White-Border” Studio One poster from about 1977, and a late-1970s David Thompson Denver Nuggets poster sponsored by Pony. This is the room that will thrill the serious poster collectors!

Finally, we’re awarding four Honorable Mention prizes to the following entrants, who will receive a free poster of our choice in the mail. First, there’s our youngest contestant, Ian Morris of New Jersey, who has made the most of his bedroom with great basketball posters and more:

Honorable Mention - Ian Morris, New Jersey

Honorable Mention – Ian Morris, New Jersey

Next, Craig Van Guilder of Minnesota, whose walls are decked in a great selection of classics, including these:

Honorable Mention - Craig Van Guilder

Honorable Mention – Craig Van Guilder

Next, Deanne Nucci and her classy Classic Yankees room:

Honorable Mention - Deanne Nucci's Classic Yankees Room

Honorable Mention – Deanne Nucci’s Classic Yankees Room

And finally, Eric Stanley’s “Tiger and Michael Man Cave”, which includes many sought-after Nike classics featuring Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan, and a whole lot more:

Honorable Mention - Eric Stanley's Tiger & Michael Man Cave

Honorable Mention – Eric Stanley’s Tiger & Michael Man Cave

We hope these winners inspire you to make your sports rooms come alive with the endless possibilities that posters can provide! Browse for your unique selections any time at SportsPosterWarehouse.com. And for more pictures from this contest, including other views of these winning entries, view our contest photo gallery here.


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