Super Bowl XLV (Dallas 2011) Official Posters – In Stock Now!

Posted November 22, 2010 by Neil Flagg
Categories: New Poster Releases, Super Bowl Posters

For those of you who collect official Super Bowl posters, and those of you who are jacked-up about the big game coming to Dallas…they’re here! The Super Bowl XLV official posters and pennants are in-stock and ready to ship. Here’s the event poster – a very nice design this year, and unmistakeably Dallas!

Super Bowl XLV (Dallas 2011) Official Event Poster

Super Bowl XLV (Dallas 2011) Official Event Poster

Next, the annual “Super Tickets” poster, featuring 44 years of Super Bowl history:

Super Tickets XLV (Dallas 2011) Super Bowl History Poster

Super Tickets XLV (Dallas 2011) Super Bowl History Poster

Finally, these two amazing Premium Felt Pennants (the soft felt that can’t be creased):

Super Bowl XLV (Dallas 2011) "Skyline" Premium Collector's Pennant

Super Bowl XLV (Dallas 2011) "Skyline" Premium Collector's Pennant

Super Bowl XLV (Dallas 2011) "Stadium" Premium Felt Collector's Pennant

Super Bowl XLV (Dallas 2011) "Stadium" Premium Felt Collector's Pennant

 

San Francisco Giants 2010 World Series Champs Commemorative Posters

Posted November 6, 2010 by Neil Flagg
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It was unbelievable, but true: more than 50 years after moving from New York to the Bay Area, the San Francisco Giants had never won a World Series Championship! Not with Willie Mays or Willie McCovey; Orlando Cepeda or Juan Marichal; Will Clark or Kevin Mitchell; Jeff Kent or Barry Bonds. But in 2010, after accumulating a great pitching staff, a rookie catcher, and a band of cast-offs at virtually every other position, San Fran finally did it. The first of the Giants Championship Commemorative posters are on their way to us from the publisher. From Costacos Sports, we present “Champions 2010” and “Celebration 2010”:

San Francisco Giants "Champions 2010" Commemorative Poster

San Francisco Giants "Champions 2010" Commemorative Poster

San Francisco Giants "Celebration 2010" Commemorative Poster

San Francisco Giants "Celebration 2010" Commemorative Poster

Very, very nice designs this year, featuring Buster Posey, Freddy Sanchez, Edgar Renteria, Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Brian Wilson, Madison Bumgarner, Aubrey Huff, Juan Uribe, Pablo Sandoval, Cody Ross, Pat Burrell, Aaron Rowand, Andres Torres, and the rest. We look forward to receiving these in-stock and ready-to-ship by 11/14/2010. For more Giants posters, pennants, prints, and banners, click here to view our full San Francisco Giants Collection.

 

 

Unexpected Top-10 Seller – Babe Ruth With Kids Poster (1924)

Posted August 6, 2010 by jfwhite83
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Now this is what The Babe was all about! Somewhat surprisingly, this has been one of our top-sellers of Summer 2010 – but knowing what we know about the great Babe Ruth, it’s suddenly quite understandable.

Babe Ruth (click here to view our entire Babe Ruth Collection) has always been a National icon and even now, 62 years after his death he is one of the most well know athletes to ever play any sport. The Bambino had a habit of hitting home runs like no one else who came before him, totaling 714 in a 21-year career.

The Babe talking to a group of kids in 1924

But The Babe was known for more than just his on field prowess. After having a very hard childhood of his own, Ruth was always the first to be there for the kids. During the First World War when times were very tough, Ruth went out and bought a whole bunch of shoes and started to give them out to children in the streets of New York City.  Ruth was also known far and wide for never turning down a single child when they asked him for an autograph, sometimes spending hours after a game signing balls and cards.

Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig - 1930

What’s even more amazing than signing autographs for hours after a game is that the Babe was known to on many occasions to go out and play some sandlot ball with the kids.  That is just something you don’t see today, imagine seeing A-Rod out playing a game of ball with the local kids…

The Bambino, circa 1918

Babe Ruth was a great player, great role model and even better person, the game has always been at a loss without him.

Babe Ruth Day at the stadium on June 13, 1948. His final appearance in New York.

Tour de France Final Stage Posters – Champs-Élysées, Paris

Posted July 22, 2010 by jfwhite83
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With so much beauty to be seen during the Tour de France, it is no wonder that Graham Watson, one of the most revered cycling photographers, has become so popular. His images are timeless and capture the moment like no other. Through the years his images have captivated many, and his photos of the final stage are no different.

2006 Tour de France. The Eiffel Tower welcomes the surviving cyclists into Paris on stage 20.

Since 1975 the Tour de France has had its final stage run through prestigious Northwest Paris. Longjumeau to Champs-Élysées is a 102.5km stage, which starts in Essonne, a town 20km outside of Paris, and ends in North-western Paris.  At this distance it will be the shortest stage of the Tour. Not since 1989 has there been a shorter stage.

1975 Tour Finish on the Champs Elysées.

While the distance may be less, the scenery and excitement is not. Starting in a small town of only 20,000 people the racers will make their way down the N20, through endless fields and crops. After a hilly 45 km ride, they will make their way into Paris, which will be relatively flat for the final sprint.  While riding down Champs- Élysées, the tour will pass right through the shadow of one of the most famous landmarks on the planet, the Eiffel Tower. The race ends in spectacular fashion are racers barrel towards  Arc de Triomphe.

2004 Tour de France, racing towards the Arc de Triomphe.

Spain, 2010 World Cup Champions – Possible Championship Posters To Come

Posted July 13, 2010 by jfwhite83
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They were the favorites from the start, but in a single elimination tournament where anything can happen, and normally does, nothing is for sure.  Many teams were in the running to become World Champions; Brazil, Spain, Germany, Netherlands, Uruguay and Ghana to name a few. But after 7 games and only 1 loss, Spain is on the top of the world, they are World Champions.

Iker Casillas - 2010 Golden Glove winner

This was a complete team effort, with a few names really standing out.  The goal scores are always a big part with Carles Puyol scoring to beat the Germans, David Villa nets 4 goals to lead the team and the one who scored when it mattered, Andres Iniesta, with the tournament winning goal.  While all these goals definitely helped bring Spain to the top, it never would have happened without one man, Iker Casillas. Not only did he help lead them to their first World Championship, but he was also named the Goal Keeper of the tournament, which is no small feat.

Official 2010 World Cup Poster combo

Congratulations to the 2010 World Cup ChampionsLa Roja, The Spanish National Football Team. Continue to check in for updates on Spanish Championship Posters.

Miami Heat land the Big 3; More Championship Posters to come?

Posted July 12, 2010 by jfwhite83
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“Miami Thrice”, “The Big 3”, “West Palm Trio”, whatever you call them, the best combination of three players the NBA has ever seen are now in the starting line up for the Miami Heat. Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade and the King himself, LeBron James have their eyes firmly places on an NBA Championship in 2011.

Dwayne Wade reverse layup - 2006

These three bring some of the most impressive stats to ever be complied on one team. Chris Bosh, the all time leading scorer for the Toronto Raptors, well as holding the title for 14 other achievements in Toronto. Dwayne Wade, the 6 time All-Star who is also the Miami heats all time leading scorer brings the one and only championship of the 3. Then there is the man himself, King James. One of the most prolific players in the game today, he is a 6 time All-Star, 2 time MVP, Rookie of the year, NBA scoring champion, and like the other two, a 2008 Olympic gold medallist. The one thing that has eluded both LeBron and Bosh is an NBA championship, which is has now brought them all together.

Miami Heat - 2006 NBA Champions

In their 22 year history the Heat have only won one championship, in 2006, with Wade and Shaq leading the way. They were the best team in the NBA, and hava the rings to prove it. After the championship the team started to slide. Shaq was traded to the Phoenix Suns, and the Heat went from 1st in their conference to 5th, things were bad. After a couple years of being a mediocrity, the Heat are back. They have the best line up in all of pro sports and everyone knows it. Other teams will now scramble to do what they can, but no one will be able to handle the unstoppable force of the Heat this coming year.  You can’t hand the championship to them yet, but honestly, it can’t be that far away.

2006 NBA Championship Panorama

Bob Probert, RIP (1965-2010) – Vintage Red Wings Poster

Posted July 7, 2010 by jfwhite83
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The sudden death of former Detroit Red Wing enforcer Bob Probert has shocked the sports world. His death came on the afternoon of Monday July 5th. Bob and his family were on his boat in Lake St.Clair, near Windsor, Ontario when Probert collapsed around 2pm and was pronounced dead later that day in hospital.

Bob Probert 1992 Starline Poster - $19.95

Probert was drafted 43rd by the Red Wings in 1983, the same year they chose Steve Yzerman 4th overall. He played for the Red Wings from 1985-1994, when he was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks, where he retired in 2002. Over his career he racked up 384 points (163 goals and 221 assists). But what he was really known for were his bone crushing fights. Racking up 3300 penalty minutes and an amazing 303 fights over a 17 year career.

Bob was feared by anyone who ever laced up against him and praised by his team mates, who were greats such as Steve Yzerman, Chris Osgood and Sergei Fedorov. He went toe to toe countless times with greats such as Wendel Clark, Marty McSorley and Tie Domi to defend any of his team mates. Bob was always known for his stamina when squaring off with an opponent, and as the great Wendel Clark once said, “He started slow, but always finished strong”, which made him a very dangerous fighter.

As much as he was known for his iron fists on the ice, he was one of the nicest, most loved people off the ice. He will be sorely missed and never forgotten.


RIP Bob Probert  1965-2010