After Sports Illustrated’s amazing retrospective on early 90s posters reminded me of the many that used to hang in my childhood bedroom, I had to go to eBay to see what else was out there. Turns out, plenty of others enjoy a good pun and bizarre, dated photo just as much as I do. Oddly enough, there is no Wikipedia entry for the Costacos Brothers, who essentially corned the market, or database that keeps track of all the work they produced.
Armed with this knowledge, I dug deep into the internet to find the best baseball posters the amazing Costacos Brothers ever created. In case you are shopping for yourself or a loved one, I have left the eBay link along with the images below:
The Wrecking Ball.
This poster almost exactly mirrors the Kirby Puckett-inspired pornography that was traded around on VHS in the Minnesota area in the early 90s.
Just look at that energetic pose. How could any camera actually catch a man in the middle of such athletic fury?
I’m not sure what the best part of this is—is it the clearly fake alligator? The cut off sleeves? The thin, sweaty mustache? Or just how little Mike Greenwell wants to be a part of it?
This one was really popular with anti-immigration kids.
Is a Brady punch like a donkey punch that disappoints both parties?
The Amazin’ Met.
Such an Amazing Met, Bonilla still collects paychecks from them.
…And Justice For All.
I’m surprised that NBC hasn’t ordered this as a TV pilot with a baseball player turned expert litigator for the little guys.
Had this photo been taken during Fielder’s Yankee years, his weight would have crushed that stadium.
Grace Under Pressure.
Needs more Rush.
Doug Drabek’s mustache is great, but it’s Pete Harnisch’s emotionless, middle horizon stare that sells it.
Kevin Maas’ career line: .230/.329/.422, 65 HR.
Big Game Hunter.
Multiple times during the shoot, Kirk Gibson forgot the gun was a prop and he tried to kill everyone on set.
Instead of “Hot Corner” they should have used, “Got some grub?”
Did no one suggest that Listache should grow a mustache so he cold be called “Pat Lipstach”?
No pun here, just an old fashion Jose Canseco with a floating Devil Ray playing the Great Gazoo.
The Nied for Speed.
The perfect poster for a man with 5.06 career ERA.
Thunder Down Under.
For those that need a touch of Nilsson in the night.
Even though Alex Gonzalez’s top comparable player is Alex Gonzalez, only Alex Gonzalez got an Alex Gonzalez poster.
The most important factor when purchasing a Jay Buhner photo is how many high quality shots of the back of his head there are.
Jays of Thunder.
Joe Carter: How cool do you think we’re going to look?
Roberto Alomar: Super cool.
Joe Carter: Gosh, I hope so.
The extra ‘G’ is for “thoroughly average at baseball.”
Sadly, the 90s are gone, never to return. But if we each buy a poster, hang them in our bedrooms, and wish really hard, maybe we can keep a little piece of this magical time in our hearts forever.