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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 SportsPosterWarehouse.com’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 info@sportsposterwarehouse.com.

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 nflagg@sportsposterwarehouse.com. 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).


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