Buffalo Sabres 1983-84

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 1983-84 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 .



Consistency was the trademark of the Sabres during the early years of the 1980's. From the 1980-81 season to the 1982-83 season the Sabres finished now lower than 3rd place in the Adams Division, never finishing with fewer than 89 points.Veteran Gilbert Perreault, who took over as captain after Danny Gare was traded during the 1981-82 season, was the team leader in every respect. He led the team in scoring with 31 goals, 59 assists and 90 points. Perreault along with second-year winger Dave Andreychuk and defenceman Phil Housley combined to score 132 goals; 25 of those were game winners.  Forwards Mike Foligno and Lindy Ruff provided the grit to counterbalance the finesse of Perreault and Andreychuk.  The Duo of Foligno and Ruff combined for 46 goals and 246 penalty minutes.Buffalo's offence was ranked 8th in the NHL, but the teams real strength was their defence which ranked second in the league. The cornerstone of the defence was Rookie goalie Tom Barrasso.  Selected with the 5th overall pick in the 1983 entry draft, the 19 year old from Boston, MA had an outstanding debut season. He won 26 games, posted a 2.66 goals against average and was selected the NHL All Star team.  At the end of the season he was showered with awards, he won the Calder Trophy for Rookie of the Year, the Vezina Trophy for best goalie and shared the Jennings trophy with teammate Bob Sauve for the team with the fewest goals scored against it.Scotty Bowman coached his team to second place in the Adams Division with 103 points, missing out on first place by one point to Boston who had 104.  The NHL used a division playoff format and in the first round the faced Adams rival the Quebec Nordiques. Barrasso struggled in the playoffs allowing 13 goals in three games as the Sabres were swept by the Nordiques 3 games to none.Consistent might also be used to describe the Sabres uniform style. The familiar dark blue with gold trim continued to represent as the Sabres road uniform, but if you look closely you'll notice some minor changes, updates if you will. The gold bands around the waist are thicker and there are now three equal size bands on the sleeve, a change form the one thick band flanked by two thin ones. The collar, still gold, has evolved from a crew neck to more of a V neck.    

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