Arizona Cardinals 1930

Nola McConnan

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Watercolor Painting

Nola McConnan

This beautifully framed piece features an original piece of watercolor artwork glass-framed in an attractive two inch wide black resin frame with a double mat. The outer dimensions of the framed piece are approximately 17” wide x 24.5” high, although the exact size will vary according to the size of the original piece of art.

$595.00 USD - Price includes framing as well as fast, free shipping with UPS

This beautifully framed piece features an original piece of watercolor artwork glass-framed in an attractive two inch wide black resin frame with a double mat. The outer dimensions of the framed piece are approximately 17” wide x 24.5” high, although the exact size will vary according to the size of the original piece of art.

At the core of the framed piece is the actual piece of original artwork as painted by the artist on textured 100% rag, water-marked watercolor paper. In many cases the original artwork has handwritten notes in pencil from the artist (be sure to “See the actual artwork without the frame” elsewhere in this website). Simply put, this is beautiful, one-of-a-kind artwork.

The outer mat is a rich textured black acid-free mat with a decorative inset white v-groove, while the inner mat is a complimentary colored acid-free mat reflecting one of the team’s primary colors. The website image of this framed piece shows the mat color that we suggest (Red), but since each piece is custom framed, we are happy to use whatever color mat you wish (depending on availability) – our standard mat colors are:

Light Blue / Dark Blue / Brown / Maroon (close to brown) / White / Silver / Gold / Yellow (bright yellow) / Green (dark green) / Orange / Purple / Red (bright red, somewhat close to PMS 186)

Beneath the artwork is a silver plate with black text describing the original artwork. The text for this piece will read:

This original, one-of-a-kind watercolor painting of the 1930 Chicago Cardinals (now Arizona Cardinals) uniform is the original artwork that was used in the creation of this Arizona Cardinals uniform evolution print and tens of thousands of other Arizona Cardinals products that have been sold across North America. This original piece of art was painted by artist Nola McConnan for Maple Leaf Productions Ltd.

Beneath the silver plate is a 3” x 9” reproduction of a well known, best-selling print that celebrates the history of the team. The print beautifully illustrates the chronological evolution of the team’s uniform and shows you how the original art was used in the creation of this print. If you look closely, you will see that the print features the actual artwork being offered for sale. The 3” x 9” print looks like this:

The piece is framed with an extremely high quality framing glass. We have used this glass style for many years with excellent results. We package every piece very carefully in a double layer of bubble wrap and a rigid double-wall cardboard package to avoid breakage at any point during the shipping process, but if damage does occur, we will gladly repair, replace or refund. Please note that all of our products come with a 90 day 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Each framed piece also comes with a two page letter signed by Scott Sillcox describing the history behind the art. If there was an extra-special story about your piece of art, that story will be included in the letter. When you receive your framed piece, you should find the letter lightly attached to the front of the framed piece.

If you have any questions, at any time, about the actual artwork or about any of the artist’s handwritten notes on the artwork, I would love to tell you about them. Simply email me, Scott Sillcox, at and I will tell you everything I can about your original piece of art. The artists and I spent well over ten years of our lives creating these pieces of original artwork, and in many cases there are stories I can tell you about your actual piece of artwork that might add an extra element of interest in your one-of-a-kind purchase.

Please note that all reproduction rights for this original work are retained in perpetuity by the National Football League unless specifically stated otherwise in writing by the NFL. For further information, please contact Heritage Sports Art at .



In 1922 the American Professional Football Association officially became the National Football League. The League now had eighteen member clubs, with most of them coming from the mid-west United States. The Cardinals finished third that year with an 8-3-0 record behind the Canton Bulldogs and the Bears. In this same year, 1922, the Cards moved into their new home Comiskey Park.In 1925, under new Head Coach Norman Barry, the Cardinals beat out the rugged Pottsville Maroons for their first NFL Championship. It's interesting to note that from the beginning of the NFL in 1920 right up to 1932, the league champion was the team with the best winning record (it was actually more complicated than this in some years, but well leave that story for another time). There were no playoff games; the regular season was the only season.Despite their championship the Cardinals were in bad financial shape. The following year owner Chris O'Brien was forced to sell Paddy Driscoll to the Chicago Bears. Without their star, the Cardinals slipped to 10th place in the now 20-team league, and attendance slipped as well.In 1929, O'Brien faced with insurmountable financial concerns, begrudgingly accepted an offer of $25,000 for his beloved Cardinals from David Jones, a Chicago doctor. The first thing Jones did was to convince Ernie Nevers, the All- America fullback from Stanford, to come out of retirement and join the team as a player/ coach. Pop Warner, who had coached both Nevers and Jim Thorpe, always said Nevers had a better temperament for the game than Thorpe did. Nevers, 26,  stood 6'1" and weighed 210 lbs. One season at Stanford, Nevers injured one ankle and broke the other, but refused to stay on the sidelines. Playing with a homemade aluminum splint, Ernie gained 117 yards on 34 carries. Also, Nevers, nicknamed the Blonde Blizzard, set an NFL record for most points scored in a game, 40.In 1930 the team's jersey featured a red color closer to the color of Cardinals of today. It was two-toned with crew-neck collar. The upper part, that includes the arms and chest, was red. The midsection, collar and striping around the cuffs of the sleeves were white. Still at this time, there were no numbers or crests featured on the front of the jersey.The pants were still tan, but were cut lower at the waist, then secured by a belt. As for the helmets, we believe that around this time helmets began to move away from the standard tan color, to colors matching the jerseys. In this case the Cardinals wore red helmets.

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