Buffalo Sabres 1998-99

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 1998-99 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 .



When the 1998-99 the Sabres found themselves in the newly re-aligned Northeast Division along with Ottawa, Toronto, Boston and Montreal. Head Coach Lindy Ruffs defence first approach to the game allowed the Sabres to hold their own in their competitive division. The teams 37-28-17 record landed them in fourth place in the Northeast, seventh in the Eastern Conference.Once again, the Dominator Dominik Hasek was a virtual brick wall in net for Buffalo. He started 64 games; won 30 lost 18 and tied 14.  His goals against average was a miniscule 1.87, he faced 1877 shots and had a save percentage of .937.Miroslav Satan led the team with 40 goals and 66 points. Mike Peca was now team captain and he chipped in with 27 goals, 29 assists and 56 points; which was great, but his real strength was his defensive game. Peca often was charged with the responsibility of checking the other teams best player and he was very good at it. His play along with Haseks goaltending and the focus on team defence led the Sabres to a league best 187 goals against.Entering the playoffs as the 7th seed the Sabres were considered underdogs against the Northeast Champion Ottawa Senators.  The Sabres stifling defensive play proved to be too much for the Sens as the Sabres swept Ottawa in 4 straight games.  Hasek shut out the Sens in Game 3 and held them to 6 goals for the series. In the second round the Sabres continued to roll as they beat the Boston Bruins in 6 games to reach their second straight conference finals. Facing he Toronto Maple Leafs in the Eastern Conference Finals the Sabres split the first 2 games on the road before winning 2 straight at the Marine Midland Arena to establish a 3-1 series lead. The Sabres closed out the series in 5 games with a 4-2 win in Toronto to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. This would be the franchise's first trip to the Championship round since 1975.Facing the Dallas Stars in the Stanley Cup Finals the Sabres took Game 1 on the road in overtiime 3-2 on a goal by Jason Wooley. After the Stars bounced back to win Game 2 the Sabres missed an opportunity to take control of the series by losing Game 3 at home 2-1. But they would even the series with a 2-1-win in Game 4.  Stars goalie Ed Belfour did his best Dominik Hasek imitation shutting out the Sabres 2-0 back in Dallas in Game 5. The loss meant the Sabres had to win Game 6 at home to force a 7th game. Game 7 had all the drama a deciding game should have. The game would go down to battle of goalies, as the game remained tied 1-1 through 2-overtime periods. Finally in the 3rd overtime the Dallas Stars won the cup when Brett Hull slid the puck past Dominik Hasek. Replays would later show that Hull's skate was in the crease, which was against the rules at that time. However, officials let the goal stand, adding a tinge of controversy to the Sabres heartbreak. As mentioned this series was real goaltenders battle; Belfour and Hasek became the first goaltenders to each post a sub-2.00 goals-against average in the championship series since Toronto's Frank McCool and Detroit's Harry Lumley in 1945.The Sabres home uniform in 1998-99 was part of the uniform set that was introduced in 1996. The body of the jersey is white with black, red and grey trim coming off the hips and at the sleeve cuffs. The shoulders are black and there are black and red numerals on the sleeve at the elbow. The new angry buffalo logo in emblazed across the chest and the secondary logo, a stylized B impaled by a sabres appear on the shoulder tops.Of special note to this jersey is the Stanley Cup patch that the Sabres and Stars both wore during the 1999 Stanley Cup finals on the upper right chest.  It is our belief that the custom of both teams wearing a year-specific Stanley Cup patch began in 1988-89 and has continued ever since. The NHL uses a similar patch each year on the Cup finalists uniforms. The patch features an image of the Stanley Cup, with the two conference names and a year reference.

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