Detroit Lions 1935

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 (Light 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 1935 Detroit Lions uniform is the original artwork that was used in the creation of this Detroit Lions uniform evolution print and tens of thousands of other Detroit Lions products that have been sold across North America. This original piece of art was painted by artist Tino Paolini for Maple Leaf Productions Ltd. 1935 was a NFL Championship winning season for the Detroit Lions.

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 the 1920's, three different attempts to establish a pro football team in Detroit failed: the Detroit Heralds in the American Professional Football Association (later named the NFL) lasted only 4 games into the 1920 season but came back for 7 more games in 1921; the Detroit Panthers in the NFL in 1925 and 1926; and the Detroit Wolverines in the NFL in 1928.But in 1934, Detroit radio executive George A. Richards purchased the Portsmouth, Ohio Spartans for the then remarkable sum of $8,000 and moved the franchise to the Motor City, where it remains to this day fourth time lucky!The Portsmouth Spartans joined the NFL in 1930. In 1932, they played in one of history's most pivotal games, a hastily-scheduled NFL championship game against the Chicago Bears. The game was won by the Bears 9-0 in the first ever INDOOR pro football game, played December 18, 1932 in Chicago Stadium because of inclement weather. By winning, the Bears ensured themselves of the Worlds Champions title in what was the first ever NFL playoff game. What made the game even more important, however, is the fact that the NFL changed as a result of the game: the decision was made to divide the league into two divisions, and an annual NFL title showdown was established between the winners of each division.Unlike the three earlier Detroit teams, the 1935 Lions were loaded with some of the finest players of the day. The team leader was Dutch Clark, a triple-threat star (and the last NFL drop kicker) who became a charter member of the Hall of Fame.After going 7-3-2 and winning the 4 team Western Division in just their second year in Detroit, the Lions won the NFL championship in 1935 beating the New York Giants 26 7 in front of 15,000 fans at the University of Detroit Stadium. Those early successes (they finished 10-3 in their first year in Detroit) firmly established pro football in Detroit and for more almost 70 years the sport has been an integral part of the Michigan sports scene.The Lions name was simply chosen by team owner George Richards. The lion is monarch of the jungle, a team spokesperson said, and we hope to be the monarch of the league. Our guess is the fact that the long established baseball Tigers also had some bearing on the name choice, but it's just a hunch.The 1935 uniform consisted of a simple blue jersey with white numbers and white pants. The helmet, on the other hand, was silver.

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