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 202x300 Image

Costacos Brothers Posters Christian Okoye Nigerian Nightmare 198x300 Image

Costacos Brothers Posters Eric Dickerson 195x300 Image

Costacos Brothers Posters Jim Everett General Blade 201x300 Image

Costacos Brothers Posters John Elway The Rifleman 200x300 Image

Costacos Brothers Posters Lawrence Taylor The Terminator 201x300 Image

Costacos Brothers Posters Mark Gasteneau Markan the Barbarian 200x300 Image

Costacos Brothers Posters Mike Singletary Bermuda Triangle 200x300 Image

Costacos Brothers Posters Randall Cunningham 199x300 Image

1988 Costacos Brothers Chuck Person Poster The Rifleman 199x300 Image

Costacos Brothers Posters James Worthy LA Law 201x300 Image

Costacos Brothers Posters Michael Jordan Space 201x300 Image

Costacos Brothers Posters Vinnie Johnson The Microwave 201x300 Image

Costacos Brothers Posters Andre Dawson Hawk 201x300 Image

Costacos Brothers Posters Eric Davis Magnum 44 200x300 Image

Costacos Brothers Posters Kevin Mitchell Bat Man 203x300 Image

Costacos Brothers Posters Kirk Gibson Big Game Hunter 198x300 Image

Costacos Brothers Posters Ray Bourque 194x300 Image

Costacos Brothers Posters Jim Kelly Kellys Heroes Image

1988 Costacos Brothers Brian Bosworth Poster Land of Boz 199x300 Image

Costacos Brothers Posters Dan Marino Armed and Dangerous 195x300 Image

Costacos Brothers Posters Jerry Rice Goldfingers 201x300 Image

Costacos Brothers Posters Jim McMahon Walter Payton Chicago Vice 199x300 Image

Costacos Brothers Posters Kenny Easley The Enforcer 199x300 Image

Costacos Brothers Posters Lester Hayes 202x300 Image

Costacos Brothers Posters Mark Lee 197x300 Image

Costacos Brothers Posters Mike Singletary Samauri Linebacker 198x300 Image

Costacos Brothers Posters Ronnie Lott Designated Hitter 199x300 Image

Costacos Brothers Posters Dale Ellis The Silent Assassain 200x300 Image

Costacos Brothers Posters Karl Malone Special Delivery 200x300 Image

Costacos Brothers Posters Patrick Ewing Madison Square Guardian 200x300 Image

Costacos Brothers Posters Xavier McDaniel 201x300 Image

Costacos Brothers Posters Cory Snyder 199x300 Image

Costacos Brothers Posters Jose Canseco Mark McGwire Bash Brothers 199x300 Image

Costacos Brothers Posters Kirby Puckett The Wrecking Ball 200x300 Image

Costacos Brothers Posters Jaromir Jagr 194x300 Image

Costacos Brothers Posters Magic Johnson Wayne Gretzky LA Story 195x300 Image

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1997 Derek Jeter Action New York Yankees Original Costacos Poster OOP RARE
$33.99
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1997 Roger Clemens Blue Lightning Costacos Poster 6162 Toronto Blue Jays Sealed
$20.00
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Vintage 1992 Barry Sanders Costacos "Roaring" Poster - Detroit Lions Sealed
$20.00
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1997 Costacos Poster #6162 Roger Clemens Blue Lightning Toronto Blue Jays Sealed
$20.00
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1996 Costacos Poster #4632 Chipper Jones "Diamond Class" - Atlanta Braves Sealed
$20.00
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1999 Costacos Poster #6583 Tom Glavine - Atlanta Braves Sealed
$20.00
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2000 Costacos Poster #6986 Jason Giambi - Oakland Athletics - Sealed
$20.00
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1999 Costacos Poster #6589 Mark McGwire "Energy" - St. Louis Cardinals Sealed
$20.00
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2003 NBA Lebron James Cleveland Cavaliers Poster 34x22 by Costacos
$12.95
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2005 MLB Wrigley Field Chicago Cubs Poster 34x22 by Costacos
$12.95
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1997 Antoine Walker - Boston Celtics - Costacos Poster #6174 - Sealed (LOOK)
$20.00
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HUGE Tim Duncan DOOR-SIZED Vintage 1998 San Antonio Spurs Costacos Poster
$24.99
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1996 Alex Rodriguez Seattle Mariners Poster #4907 by Costacos Sealed (LOOK)
$20.00
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1998 Costacos Poster #8398 Mark McGwire Door - St. Louis Cardinals Sealed
$20.00
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Vintage 1997 Costacos Poster #6078 Patriot Missile - Drew Bledsoe Sealed
$20.00
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1998 Costacos Poster #6481 - Mark McGwire "King" - St. Louis Cardinals - Sealed
$20.00
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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

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