Buffalo Sabres 1974-75

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 1974-75 Buffalo Sabres jersey is the original artwork that was used in the creation of this Buffalo Sabres uniform evolution print and tens of thousands of other Buffalo Sabres 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 scott@heritagesportsart.com 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 Hockey League unless specifically stated otherwise in writing by the NHL. For further information, please contact Heritage Sports Art at questions@heritagesportsart.com .



The 1973-74 season was a season of tragedy for the Buffalo Sabres as they lost star centre Gilbert Perreault for 8 weeks with a broken leg, then goalie Roger Crozier was lost after 12 games played with pancreatitis. But the biggest blow to the team was the loss of verteran defenseman Tim Horton who died when he crashed his car driving home after a game in Toronto against the Maple Leafs. They finished fifth in the East with 55 points and missed the playoffs.Led by the French Connection line of Perreault, Robert and Martin the Sabres 74-75 season would have completely different results. The NHL realigned the divisions and the Sabres along with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins and the California Golden Seals were now part of the Adams Division.GM Punch Imlach, now in his fifth year, built the Sabres into a dynamic team that was strong in all areas. The French connection was easily the top line in the league with all three players finishing in the top ten in points:  Rene Robert with 100, Gilbert Perreault 96 and Rick Martin 95. Martin finished behind Phil Esposito and Guy Lafleur in goal scoring with 52.  The Sabres offence didn't stop there; Dun Luce had 33 goals, Rick Dudley and rookie Danny Gare each potted 31.  Two giants, Jim Schoenfeld and Jerry Korab, anchored their defence. Both men were very skilled at discouraging opponent attackers from getting near the goal amassing 184 penalty minutes each.The Sabres finished first in the new Adams division with a 49-16-15 record and received a bye into the second round.  They met the Chicago Blackhawks, who advanced by knocking off the Bruins in the opening round, and dismissed them in 5 games, 4 games to 1. In the third round they faced the Canadiens.  The series got off to a dramatic start as Danny Gare scored in overtime to give the Sabres a 6-5 win in Game 1. The Sabres would go on to take a 2-0 series lead before losing the next 2 in Montreal to set up a crucial 5th game at the Aud. Game 5 saw Rene Robert score in overtime to give Buffalo a 5-4 win. Then the Sabres closed out the series in Montreal in Game 6 with a 4-3 win.In the Stanley Cup Finals against the defending Champion Philadelphia Flyers the Sabres got off to a slow start dropping the first 2 games on the road. Needing to win Game 3 at the home the Sabres were hampered by 90-degree temperatures that created a fog in the Aud. The game was delayed and players from both teams were asked to skate around the ice to try to break up the thick fog. The Sabres eventually prevailed in overtime when Rene Robert scored the game winner to keep the teams hopes alive. Riding the momentum from the OT win the Sabres would go on to even the series in Game 4 with a 4-2 win. However, Flyers Goalie Bernie Parent would prove to be too strong holding the Sabres to 1 goal in Game 5 and none in Game 6 as the Flyers went on to win their second consecutive Cup in 6 games.The Sabres held fast to the uniform look they established when they entered the league in 1970. Their road jersey was dark blue with gold trim with the now familiar charging buffalo between crossed sabres logo on the front.

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