Sports and entertainment crossover in this 1949-1992 sport/non-sport original movie poster lot of (8) starring a 1949 “The Kid from Cleveland” 27x41 one-sheet (GD-VG) featuring Rusty Tamblyn and his “30 Godfathers” (members of the 1948 WS champion Cleveland Indians). Also present are: (6) 27x41 one-sheets average (VG-EX) with: 1977 “The Greatest”; 1979 “The Great Train Robbery”; 1950 “Kill the Umpire”; 1992 “Mr. Baseball”; 1977 “Semi-Tough”; 1978 “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”; and a 1977 13x30 “The Greatest” (VG). More on our website.
All of the offered posters bear compacting folds with the exception of Mr. Baseball, accounting for the lot average grade of (VG-EX). Most present better with clean, glossy surfaces and vibrant colors.
“The Kid form Left Field” poster is the rarest of the lot and commands a significant price when offered. It remains very appealing with deference to a 1x1 section of surface loss on the side of the letter “A” in the title. In addition to the film’s stars George Brent, Lynn Bari and Rusty Tamblyn, this poster features numerous photos of the 1948 Cleveland Indians who won the 1948 World Series including Bob Feller, Satchell Paige, Bob Lemon, Bobby Avila, Larry Doby, Early Wynn, Bill Veeck, Lou Boudreau, Tris Speaker, Hank Greenberg and many others.
The (2) “The Greatest” posters both feature art type images of Muhammad Ali. This film also starred Ernest Borgnine, Robert Duvall and James Earl Jones
“The Great Train Robbery” poster features images of the film’s three main stars Sean Connery, Donald Sutherland and Lesley-Anne Down.
The “Kill the Umpire” poster is dominated by an amusing image of lead actor William Bendix in front of an angry crowd scene. A two player play at the plate scene is located at bottom right.
The “Mr. Baseball” poster depicts actor Tom Selleck towering over a Japanese baseball stadium with startled members of his Dragons teammates on the field in a parody of vintage Japanese monster films. A blurb at the top reads “He’s the biggest thing to hit Japan since Godzilla”.
Burt Reynolds and Kris Kristofferson are leering happily behind a trio of sexy beauties on the “Semi-Tough” poster. This movie garnered conflicting reviews for its controversial satire of 1970s “new age” movements.
The “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club” poster promoted a film that exploited the incredible worldwide popularity of the resurgent band “The Bee Gees” and co-star Peter Frampton, bringing the beloved 1960s Beatles album of the same name to the big screen.