37 Classic Costacos Brothers Posters You Wish You Still Had

37 Classic Costacos Brothers Posters You Wish You Still Had

You might not recognize the Costacos brothers name. But if you grew up in the 1980s or early 90s and were into sports, you probably had some of their handiwork hanging in your bedroom. Wild and over-the-top, Costacos brothers posters defined a generation of pro athletes.

Many Costacos brothers posters make sports stars out to be larger-than-life personalities. Their best work refused to simply blow up a generic action shot and add a player name and logo. These posters are mass-produced works of art.

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Embracing pop culture from the day, many of these posters are, in some ways, dated now. Or is that part of what makes them timeless? Athletes aren't necessarily pictured as themselves. Rather, they're portrayed as a persona, a literal embodiment of their nickname.

Much of the fun comes from the props and references. Multiple posters riff on The Terminator. Christian Okoye channels Freddy Krueger wearing the movie monster's infamous glove. Even the courtroom drama L.A. Law is touched on a James Worthy poster.

Here's a 2013 short documentary on the Costacos brothers from Amy K. Nelson:

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The Costacos brothers poster empire was born in the mid-1980s in Seattle. Somehow, they convinced athletes to dress up as cowboys, cyborgs, superheroes and soldiers. Toss in a few props like a plane, hot car or tank and give it some dramatic lighting and the rest is pop culture history. Being the 1980s, there was also a lot of guns -- something that likely wouldn't fly now.

Today, many recognize Costacos brothers posters as works of art. And they are. Although they were intended to be pinned to walls, these posters were printed in enough quantities that they can still be found today. Expect to pay more than the $5 (or less) they went for at the local sporting goods stores back in the day. Depending on the size, style and athlete, many sell for $50 to $100 today.

Here's a small sample of Costacos brothers posters. Over the years they produced hundreds of different pieces so this is just a small sampling of their iconic awesomeness. We were sure to make sure some Zubaz appeared.

Iconic Costacos Brothers Posters

Costacos Brothers Posters Bob Golic

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1987 Bill Fralic William The Conqueror Original Costacos Poster-Atlanta Falcons
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Ronnie Lott DESIGNATED HITTER San Francisco 49ers 1988 Costacos Brothers POSTER
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CHRIS CHELIOS Jeremy Roenick Chicago Black Reign Blackhawks NHL Costacos POSTER
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1990 STEVE SAX POSTER -- "SAX APPEAL" -- COSTACOS BROTHERS POSTER
$15.99

1990 COSTACOS POSTER OF TONY GYWNN - "KING OF SWING"
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Rickey Henderson MAN OF STEAL Oakland A's 1990 Costacos Brothers POSTER
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RARE Tennessee Vols Football GO VOLS Gameday Scene POSTER - Costacos 1996
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Lenny Dykstra NAILS Philadelphia Phillies 1990 Costacos Brothers Baseball Poster
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BRET BOONE Cincinnati Reds 1995 Costacos Brothers Signature Action Poster
$19.99

Don Mattingly NEW YORK'S FINEST New York Yankees 1990 Costacos Brothers Poster
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Eric Davis HIT MAN Cincinnati Reds 1991 Costacos Brothers MLB POSTER
$29.99

1997 Michael Jordan 8th Wonder Chicago Bulls Original Costacos Poster OOP
$39.99

1998 Derek Jeter New York Yankees Original Costacos Poster OOP
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1997 Derek Jeter Action New York Yankees Original Costacos Poster OOP RARE
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1989 Joe Dumars Detroit Pistons Costacos Brothers vintage door poster PBX1937
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Vintage UNOPENED 1991 COSTACOS BROS™ Nolan Ryan THE EXPRESS Poster 23x35 NEW
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User Comments

  1. Were any of the posters ever turned into cards?

  2. Greg ‘Jayhawkaholic’ » I’m not sure, although I think they would make for a fantastic insert in something like Topps Archives.

  3. I have many of these. Bought them for my 2 boys for their rooms. If you have any please leave a comment. Would like to talk to you to see what you have. Thanks

  4. I have almost the complete mini poster/cards of all of these since 1980. mint ..and the nike versions to bout.

  5. Does anyone have any of these?

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