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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Ripken 2000 - "THE BALLPLAYER" -- 23 x 35" - COSTACOS Laminated POSTER - Orioles
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1997 Joe Sakic Colorado Avalanche No Ordinary Joe Costacos Full Size Poster
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1996 Jerry Rice Run Silent Run Deep San Francisco 49ers Costacos Poster-23 X 35
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1988 Original Vintage John Elway The Rifleman Costacos New Poster Sealed NIP NOS
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1988 Original Vintage Neil Lomax The Grand Cannon Costacos New Poster Sealed
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1988 Original Vintage Reggie White Minister Of Defense Costacos Poster Sealed
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1987 Bill Fralic William The Conqueror Original Costacos Poster-Atlanta Falcons
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Rickey Henderson MAN OF STEAL Oakland A's 1990 Costacos Brothers POSTER
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Vintage 1989 Dirty Dancing Ickey Woods Poster 24'' X 36'' Costacos Brothers
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1992 SHAQUILLE O'NEAL ORLANDO MAGIC Future Shock POSTER Costacos Bros. Inc.
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BRAND NEW VINTAGE BASH BROTHERS MARK MCGWIRE CANSECO 1988 COSTACOS POSTER 24X36"
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1989 Joe Dumars Detroit Pistons Costacos Brothers vintage door poster PBX1937
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RARE 1998 NASCAR RACING JEFF GORDON DOORSIZE Costacos POSTER 23" by 72" RETIRED
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NEW 1998 MICHAEL JORDAN POSTER COSTACOS CHICAGO BULLS ONE MICHAEL JORDAN #6578
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Magic Johnson Magic Kingdom Rare OOP 1990 Poster 23 x 35 Costacos Brothers
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Michael Jordan Poster Space The Final Frontier 1990 Costacos Brothers Inc 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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