New York Yankees 1978

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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$795.00 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 (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 1978 New York Yankees uniform is the original artwork that was used in the creation of this New York Yankees uniform evolution print and tens of thousands of other New York Yankees products that have been sold across North America. This original piece of art was painted by artist Bill Band for Maple Leaf Productions Ltd. 1978 was a World Series winning season for the New York Yankees.

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

The Yankees make it back to the post season in 1976 after being away since 64 an eternity in Yankee years, a short snooze to the rest of the world. they'll fall to the 76 Cincinnati Reds in 4 straight, but then came 1977 and 1978.1977 and 1978 are almost carbon copies of each other, and as such you'll often hear baseball fans (and Yankees fans) saying both years in the same breathe as in the 77-78 Yankees.The 77 Yanks finish 100-62, the 78 Yanks 100-63. In both years they beat the Kansas City Royals to win the American League Pennant 3-2 in 77 and 3-1 in 78. In both years they faced the L.A. Dodgers for the crown, and come out winners in each 4 games to 2 in 77 (including Reggie Jacksons three consecutive homers, each on the 1st pitch, in the 6th and deciding game of the 77 series), and 4 games to 2 in 78.But the difference, and if you're a 30+ year old Yankee fan you will remember where you were on October 2nd, 1978, was that the 78 Yankees had to face the Boston Red Sox in a one game playoff at Fenway to determine the winner of the AL East.The Yankees were down 2-0 when the seventh began but had rallied. Chris Chambliss and Roy White reached safely on singles and Bucky Dent, a .243 hitter with four home runs during the season, came to the plate with two out. Dent lofted a 1-1 pitch from Mike Torrez, the Boston starter, over the Green Monster -- the 37-foot wall in left field -- to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead. Dent's shocking blast was the biggest blow in a 5-4 win over Boston and put the Yankees into postseason play for the 3rd straight year.The 1978  road uniform is a little bit different than the last one we saw, in 1943, in that it features a white outline around the dark blue Yankee lettering, and there are now two dark blue stripes on the sleeve cuffs.This road jersey is of a double-knit style that most major league teams succumbed to during the 70's and early 80's. But unlike most other teams, the Yankees jersey is not a pullover style jersey, although it is made of stretchy, synthetic material. Most teams wore pants that were called Sans-a-Belts because the elasticized waistline eliminated the need for a belt, but once again, the Yankees never surrendered to this trend.The 1970 Pirates were the first double-knit - sans-a-belt team, and the Cards and Astros joined them in 1971. By 1975 two thirds of major league teams had succumbed but never the Yankees (even though they did were jerseys made from double knit fabric).

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