Brett Favre Posters, Part I: The Early Years (1993-1997)
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:),
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’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:
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:
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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