Cleveland Indians 1906

Bill Band

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Watercolor Painting

Bill Band

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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$595.00 USD - Price includes framing as well as fast, free shipping with UPS
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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 (Red), 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 1906 Cleveland Naps (now Cleveland Indians) uniform is the original artwork that was used in the creation of this Cleveland Indians uniform evolution print and tens of thousands of other Cleveland Indians products that have been sold across North America. This original piece of art was painted by artist Bill Band 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 Major League Baseball unless specifically stated otherwise in writing by MLB. For further information, please contact Heritage Sports Art at questions@heritagesportsart.com .

 

History

Cleveland joined the National League in 1889 and were originally known as the Cleveland Spiders. They were a part of the National League until 1899, after which the NL downsized from 12 to 8 teams with Cleveland (and their 20-134 record in 1899) being one of the casualties.But the team was reborn in 1901 when they joined the brand new American League, and they are one of only four AL teams to have stayed in the same city from day one (the other Charter Members being the Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox).  To go along with their change of leagues, they changed their uniform from white to blue, and appropriately changed their team name to the Cleveland Blues.There seems to be some dispute as to their nickname from 1902 to 1907 or so. Our call is that they were known as the Broncos in 1902, then the Naps from 1903 to 1914, and the Indians thereafter. Team nicknames in this era were somewhat loose and somewhat unofficial, with different newspapers calling the same team by different nicknames.One thing we know is that they were known as the Napoleons or Naps in honor of their second baseman and manager Napoleon Lajoie (Nap Lajoie, elected to the Hall of Fame in 1937, played for the Indians from midway through the 1902 season to 1914, and interestingly managed the team from 1905 1909).The 1906 Naps finished the season in 3rd place, with a record of 89-64, their best record to date - isn't it remarkable to think that as early as 1906 teams played in excess of 150 games per season?Notice the blue collar on the 1906 home uniform, standard issue on all uniforms of the early 1900's. This collar was blue when turned down, as we have shown it, but when the collar stood up, it was white. Note also that even though the jersey has four buttons down the front, this is still a pullover style jersey that had to be pulled over the head once again, this was common in jerseys throughout baseball at this time. We believe the first major league team to wear a completely buttoned front jersey (ie one that didn't have to be pulled over the head) was the 1909 Phillies, followed by the 1911 Cubs. The pullover style jersey finally disappeared after the 1939 season (we believe the Athletics were the last team to wear it), but of course pullovers resurfaced in a big way with the double knit era of the 70's and 80's.

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