Buffalo Sabres 1979-80

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.

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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 1979-80 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 .



On December 4th 1978 Sabres owner George H. Knox III fired General Manager Punch Imlach leaving the team in the interim care of John Anderson. In the off season Knox persuaded Scotty Bowman, who just won four straight Stanley cups with the Montreal Canadiens, to leave the Habs and take over the Sabres as head coach and general manager.Bowman inherited a good squad but felt some fine-tuning had to be done. In an unpopular move he traded RW Rene Robert to the Colorado Avalanche for defenceman John Van Boxmeer, thus ending the reign of the famous scoring trio the French Connection.Under the tutelage of Bowman the Sabres returned to being a scoring powerhouse amassing 318 goals to their credit, the third highest total in the NHL. Their big three scoring trio of Gilert Perreault, captain Danny Gare and Rick Martin combined for 141 goals, 35 on the power play. Derek Smith, Ric Seiling, Tony McKegney and Craig Ramsey provided additional scoring depth by potting 24, 25, 23 and 21 goals respectively.The teams defence was strong and mobile. Jim Schoenfeld provided the experience and brawn while new additions Van Boxmeer and Mike Ramsey gave Bowman steady reliable play. Perhaps the teams real strength was in goal where the team of Don Edwards and Bob Sauve combined for 47 wins and 2.46 goals against average to win the Vezina Trophy.In the playoffs the Sabres met the Vancouver Canucks in the first round and won their best-of-five series 3 games to 1. They kept the momentum going in the second round by sweeping their best-of-seven series against the Blackhawks 4 games to none. In round three they faced the surging New York Islanders and their 5-game win steak came to an end with a 4-1 Game1 loss on home ice. They would be pushed to the brink of elimination, losing Games 2 and 3 before bouncing back and winning Game 4, 7-4, on the road in Long Island, NY.  On the strength of some solid goaltending by Don Edwards the Sabres would win Game 5, 2-0, in front of the hometown fans. But the Islanders were simply not going to be denied and won Game 6 at home knocking the Sabres out of the playoffs. The Islanders would go on to face the Flyers in the Stanley Cup final and win their first of four straight Stanley Cups.At this point in NHL history teams we're not inclined to make dramatic changes to their uniforms as marketing team apparel was not yet considered a major source of revenue by teams. That is why we don't see to many changes to the Sabres uniform in the first 15 years of the teams existence. Having said that there are two small but noticeable additions to the team's jersey in 1979-80.  A smaller version of the club's famous logo appears on both shoulders and on the upper right chest there is a patch celebrating Lake Placid, New York hosting the XIII Winter Olympic games in February 1980.

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