Oakland Athletics 1969

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 (Hunter Green), 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 1969 Oakland Athletics uniform is the original artwork that was used in the creation of this Oakland Athletics uniform evolution print and tens of thousands of other Oakland Athletics 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

Hello Oakland!The Athletics became the second team in baseball to move to a 3rd city when they moved from Kansas City to Oakland prior to the 1968 season after previously having been in Philadelphia from 1901 - 1954. (The Boston-Milwaukee-Atlanta Braves were the first 3 city team.) In fact, the 50's and 60's saw a lot of musical cities in the world of baseball. In addition to the Athletics moves, the St. Louis Browns moved to become the Baltimore Orioles in 1954, the Brooklyn Dodgers moved to become the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1958, the New York Giants became the San Francisco Giants in 1958, and the Milwaukee Braves became the Atlanta Braves in 1966.This road uniform is quite colorful and stands in stark contrast to the previous 69 years of the franchise. The Athletics actually started wearing vests in 1962 while they were still in Kansas City. 1969 was the first year that the Athletics adopted an apostrophe s beside the traditional A. Note also that there is a patch sewn onto the jersey under the team logo this patch commemorates the 100th anniversary of professional baseball, and all Major League teams wore the patch in 1969.Note also the uniform numbers on the front of the Athletics jersey, a practice begun by the Athletics in 1963. Uniform numbers first made their appearance on the front of a uniform in 1952 - the Brooklyn Dodgers were the first team to wear uniform numbers on the front of their jersey. The Braves followed suit in 1953, and the Reds joined in beginning in 1956. The 1916 Cleveland Indians actually wore a uniform number on their sleeve, but it wasn't until the 52 Dodgers that the number made it to the front.It's amazing what a change of scenery can do for a team after never having finished above .500 in the teams 13 years in Kansas City, the 1968 Oakland Athletics finish 82-80, then in 1969 they improve yet again with a 88-74 mark, good for 2nd place in the brand new AL West Division.Offensively, the Athletics were led by 3rd year player Reggie Jackson (47 home runs and 118 RBI) and Sal Bando (31 dingers and 113 RBI), and on the mound by Blue Moon Odom who went 15-6 with a 2.92 ERA.And the Athletics early success in Oakland was but a harbinger of even greater glories just around the corner.

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