Sports card collectors go big with this incredible collection of (20) multi-sport art posters. Featuring illustrations by artist Joseph Forte, this dynamic series titled “Profiles & Portraits” was issued by New York based publisher Barnell Loft in 1970. These titanic poster-cards measure 13-1/2 x 19-1/2” and are printed on heavy cardboard stock with factory drilled holes at the corners to facilitate display.
Searching for information on this scarce line of giant-sized cards will reveal little more information than you have before you in this listing. Individual posters are offered generally at $100 each and up, but no checklist or other definitive information on the number of subjects produced is available. As far as we can tell, this is the largest group available and the starting point of $10 each is by far the most reasonable of any currently or recently offered for sale. It is also know that in addition to sports stars, this line included historical, musical and scientific subjects, with examples from these genres appearing to be even rarer than the scarce sports types.
These well-conceived placards are uniformly formatted with the series title “Portraits and Profiles” at top, followed by a 10x10 art image of the featured star (all with the artist Forte’s name at bottom right), then the subject’s name and life date(s) below the artwork, with biographical text at bottom completing the layout. All are printed at the bottom edge with the 1970 copyright date and the name of the publisher. In the case of the baseball and football subjects either “Baseball” or “Football” and “Set B” also appear in the copyright line.
This group of (20) presents as (average VG to EX) with deference to a few with tape stains/residue at center of the top and bottom edges. All are stamped at bottom and on the reverse with the name of a school that previously owned and displayed these attractive posters and (5) have velcro strips attached to the reverse. Additionally the words “Physical Education” are hand-written at bottom and inventory number stickers are affixed at top left, indicating they were hung in a gymnasium or other athletic facility.
The list of included subjects is remarkable with some of greatest stars and coaches in sports history. Featured are (with names as spelled on the posters):
Baseball: (9) with Roy Campanella, Ty Cobb, Jimmy Foxx, Carl Hubbell, Walter Johnson, Willie Mays, Leroy “Satchel” Paige, Jackie Robinson, Casey Stengel
Football: (7) with Sammy Baugh, Jimmy Brown, Glen Davis, Vince Lombardi, Bronko Nagurski, O.J. Simpson (could be considered the World’s largest O.J. rookie card), Johnny Unitas
Assorted: (4) with George Mikan/Basketball; Bobby Hull/Hockey; Rocky Marciano/Boxing; and Jim Thorpe/Olympics/Football/all-around greatest athlete