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.
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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:
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:
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:
Also from Starline, this classic poster from SportsPosterWarehouse.com’s exclusive “Retro SI” collection (still available), featuring the legendary Favre touchdown celebration:
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”:
Two years later, Costacos published “Big Game Action” (2005), which we thought would be the final poster of Brett’s career:
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:
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:
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 email@example.com.
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.
Click here to continue on to: Brett Favre Posters Part II: The Ironman Years (1998-2008).