Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Poster Review: Nike "The Judge" Poster

1980's Nike "The Judge" Poster
Former Raiders cornerback Lester Hayes is a bit before my time, but the poster is timeless. Hayes was known for that low stance featured in the poster when lining up against opposing wide receivers. The idea behind the poster is that Hayes could cover even the vastest of open expanses. One of the best cover corners of the late 70's and 80's, Hayes was a five-time Pro Bowl selection for a Raiders team that one two Super Bowls ('80 & '83). Although a finalist for the NFL Hall of Fame, he has yet to be enshrined.

The poster is not one of the more iconic or sought after posters of the 80's, but I think it's a bit underrated. At the very least, "The Judge" poster is a great entry into vintage poster collecting. It's not terribly expensive relative to some of the higher profile posters from this era, and it's a Nike poster from one of the Black & Silvers best. Sales are generally right around $20-$25 plus shipping. Anything more than that is not a good deal (Current Best Offer eBay Auction).

Hope you enjoyed this latest Poster Review post. Happy collecting and… "Enjoy Every Bounce of the Ball".


  1. I love all the old Nike posters, they need to get back to doing them. I hate the Raiders, but I always liked Lester due to his awsome 81 Topps Super Action card. So much stickum. It's greatness.

  2. This poster is awesome! I've never seen it before... but I'd love to pick one up... have him 'graph it... and then frame this bad boy. I'm the furthest thing from a Raiders fan... but this would look sweet in my office. Thanks for sharing Charles.

  3. I have this poster! Lester was my favorite Raider growing up and still is to this day. Nike needs to make more like this again!