The Flagg Collection #2: 1972 Oakland A’s World Champs ProMotions MLB Baseball Poster

Posted May 9, 2017 by Neil Flagg
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For real, serious sports poster collectors and enthusiasts, this feature is for you! On a periodic basis, I’ll be using this blog to display and describe the holdings of The Flagg Collection – the personal collection of rare and vintage posters collected by me, Neil Flagg, the founder and President of SportsPosterWarehouse.com.

As the second entry in this blog series, I’m pleased to show off another classic from 1972 (which happens to be the year of my birth). This is the ultimate get for fans of the Oakland A’s franchise, and collectors of the 1971-72 ProMotions series that featured brilliant artistic collages for each of baseball’s 24 teams of the era. I’m not quite sure how these posters were sold back in the day, but my guess would be some sort of mail-order promotion through sports magazine advertisements.

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The artwork on every poster in the series is amazing, and this one is no exception. They all just SCREAM early-1970s in style, as 1960s psychedelia combines with a dose of more gritty 1970s realism, to make the time frame unmistakeable. The players in each poster are intended to be generic (seems these were licensed by the league, but not the player’s association), but fans of the era usually pick up on the artist’s intention (maybe a little Bert Campaneris, Gene Tenace, Catfish Hunter and Joe Rudi resemblance here?)

The artist “Smith” captures the amazing Charlie O. Finley era “Swingin’ A’s” style to perfection in this poster. The green-and-gold color palette, the moustachio’d players, the Bay Area scenery, and, of course, the on-field success. This was released soon after the A’s first of three-consecutive World Series championships, the 1972 victory over the Cincinnati Reds’ Big Red Machine.

As a championship commemorative, an iconic keepsake of an era, and as simply a brilliant work of baseball art, this one has it all – one of my all-time favorite posters. As with most of the posters in The Flagg Collection, I’ve had this one canvas-transferred to preserve it forever with durability, in an easy-to-display format.

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The Flagg Collection: 1972 Team Canada Hockey Summit Series Roster Poster

Posted May 1, 2017 by Neil Flagg
Categories: The Flagg Collection of Classic Sports Posters

For real, serious sports poster collectors and enthusiasts, this new feature is for you! On a periodic basis, I’ll be using this blog to display and describe the holdings of The Flagg Collection – the personal collection of rare and vintage posters collected by me, Neil Flagg, the founder and President of SportsPosterWarehouse.com.

To kick it off, I’ll start with a poster that is near and dear to my heart as a patriotic Canadian hockey fan. This amazing 24″x36″ original came out in the summer of 1972 (when I was a baby in diapers), to preview that fall’s upcoming Summit Series challenge tournament, the 8-game “Clash of Civilizations” series of hockey games between the Soviet Union’s famed Red Army team, and an NHL All-Star team of Canadian-born players.

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Anyone involved in collecting 1970s hockey items knows what a hard find this poster is, especially in decent condition. Any kid lucky enough to get one of these back in ’72 was likely to have tacked or taped it to his bedroom wall, and thus whenever one of these turns up at auction or at a memorabilia show, it’s usually pretty faded, creased and tattered. I was lucky enough to obtain this one many years ago at a memorabilia show in virtually perfect condition – it had some clear scotch tape around the edges, but luckily that peeled off without affecting the integrity of the paper or ink. As with most of the posters in The Flagg Collection, I’ve had this one canvas-transferred to preserve it forever with durability in an easy-to-display format.

The poster features coaches Harry Sinden and John Ferguson, and 35 of the eligible superstars expected to play in the tournament. Not all on this poster saw action – most notably, the great Bobby Orr, whose damaged knee started to catch up with him that year, keeping him out of action until the regular season to heal.

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The placement of goalie Ken Dryden next to the Soviet flag was an ironic one. The Hall of Fame legend wrote and spoke extensively over the years following about the clash of cultures, ideologies, styles that were exposed in the Summit Series as part of this “Cold War on Ice”. Some felt he was too sentimental towards the Soviet side, as he struck up a close personal relationship with his opposite number, Russian goaltender Vladislav Tretiak. His poetic reminiscences helped lead him to a career in law, literature and politics after his early retirement from the NHL just 8 years later.

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Few expected Paul Henderson to play anything more than a peripheral role on this team. Here he is on the next-to-last row, next to “the other Hull”, Dennis, whose career paled in comparison to his legendary brother Bobby – who was ineligible for this tournament due to his status as a player contracted to the upstart competitor to the NHL, the WHA (World Hockey Association). Henderson’s talents peaked just at the right time, and after Game 8, this underachieving, un-serious Toronto Maple Leafs forward became an all-time household name in Canada, as the man who won the series with his last-minute Game 8 goal, for the glory of the NHL, Canada, and modern western civilization itself!

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Years later, after sobering up, quitting booze, and becoming an evangelizing Christian minister to the sporting world, Henderson said he believes God chose him to score this goal, to ultimately provide him with the platform to spread the gospel to the widest possible audience. “The Goal” also helped launch this very business, The Sports Poster Warehouse, exactly 20 years ago, with this poster release that is still a top-seller today!

Please don’t ask about buying this piece – as part of The Flagg Collection, it’s going nowhere, holding a permanent place in the archives as an irreplaceable all-time classic. Some day, perhaps, a place in the Hockey Hall of Fame!

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

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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.