Indianapolis Colts 1968

Tino Paolini

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Watercolor Painting

Tino Paolini

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 (Medium Blue), 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 1968 Baltimore Colts (now Indianapolis Colts) uniform is the original artwork that was used in the creation of this Indianapolis Colts uniform evolution print and tens of thousands of other Indianapolis Colts products that have been sold across North America. This original piece of art was painted by artist Tino Paolini 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 .



The period of time between 1966 and 1969 warrants a bit of explanation. The 8 team AFL began in 1960 as a rival league to the NFL - both leagues competed head to head for players, fans and TV revenue. And thus it was for 5 years - two separate leagues, two separate champions (although few people would have honestly believed that the AFL champion could have beaten the NFL champs). Then in 1965 the two leagues agreed to merge. It was decided that beginning in 1970 there would be only one league, the NFL, and that between 1966 and 1969 the AFL Champion would play the NFL Champion for the World Championship. It was only after the first World Championship had been played in 1966 that the name Super Bowl came into being.Thus the 1966 season saw the first meeting of the AFL and NFL champions, with the NFL Champion Green Bay Packers humbling the AFL's KC Chiefs 33-10. (Even though the game was played in 1967, most football historians refer to this as the 1966 Super Bowl because it was the culmination of the 1966 season.) The NFL superiority was on display again in 1967, when the NFL's Packers pounded the AFL's Raiders 33-14.After the Colts finished the season 13-1, they went on to win the 68 NFL Championship against the Browns 34-0, and moved on to Super Bowl III against the AFL's New York Jets. A stunning upset followed as the Jets shocked the football world by beating the heavily favored Colts 16-7 in front of 75,377 people at the Orange Bowl in Miami.On August 3rd, 1968, Art Donovan became the first Colt ever to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He had an 11 year tenure with the Colts.The Colts blasted the Pittsburgh Steelers 41-7 as DB Bobby Boyd (25 yards), DB Charlie Stukes (60 yards), and DE Roy Hilton (13 yards) returned interceptions for scores. This was only the second time in the Colts history that a feat like this was accomplished.  The last time was November 5th, 1950 against the Green Bay Packers.QB Earl Morrall showed his true colors to his four former teams (Pittsburgh, San Francisco, NY Giants, and Detroit Lions) while filling in for injured QB John Unitas. In 14 games Morrall passed for 2909 yards and 26 touchdowns while rushing 11 times for a total of 18 yards and 1 touchdown.The Colts toppled the world champion Green Bay Packers 16-3, and earned the Coastal Division crown a day later with a Los Angeles loss. Colts defense helped the champion Packers out of their end zone to produce a four-game streak of not allowing a  touchdown, the first time any NFL team had done that defensively since the 1937 NY Giants.The win against Los Angeles capped a 13-1 season, holding 10 opponents to 10 points or less, five without a touchdown, and three scoreless. The Colts defense had something to be proud of when they surrendered an NFL-fewest 144 points.This year in the playoffs, the Colts defeated Minnesota 24-14 for the Western Conference Title, and blanked Cleveland 34-0 for the NFL Championship and their first title since 1958 and 1959. The Colts also set a Club mark and an NFL-record with 15 wins in a season.This blue road jersey for the Colts lowers the stripes around the shoulders and cuts the sleeves in half. Note that the player number now appears on the back of the helmet something that is still around today.

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