Pittsburgh Steelers 2000

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.

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$695.00 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 (Yellow), 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 2000 Pittsburgh Steelers uniform is the original artwork that was used in the creation of this Pittsburgh Steelers uniform evolution print and tens of thousands of other Pittsburgh Steelers 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 Football League unless specifically stated otherwise in writing by the NFL. For further information, please contact Heritage Sports Art at questions@heritagesportsart.com .

 

History

The NFL's longest tenured coach, Bill Cowher, faced monumental challenges going into his 13th season in Pittsburgh following a 6-10 season in 2003, ending a two-year run atop the AFC North.  His biggest challenges were: pass defense, the running game and quarterback.The Steelers looked for answers in the free agent market and the draft.  They selected QB Ben Roethlisberger, an underclassman from Miami of Ohio, in the first round knowing that the incumbent Tommy Maddox was not a long-term solution. They gave their running game a facelift, by ousting prospect Amos Zereoue and signing all-purpose tough guy Duce Staley. Staley and Jerome the Bus Bettis would share the ball carrying duties. On defense, younger, faster players like CB Ricardo Colclough and LB Dedrick Roper replaced aging veterans like Dewayne Washington and Jason Gildon.  Unfortunately, younger also means untested, so Cowher knew the playoffs were far from being guaranteed.The Steelers started the season on the right foot with a home win against the Oakland Raiders. In week 2 the team looked like it suffered a major setback when Tommy Maddox went down with a leg injury in a road game against the Baltimore Ravens; Roethlisberger stepped and played the rest of the game. The Steelers lost the game, but remarkably that would be the last defeat they would suffer the rest of the regular season. From that loss the team came together and Roethlisberger proved he was ready for the big leagues, finishing the season with 196 completions for 2621 yards, 17 TD and 11 interceptions, and their defense allowed opposing teams more than 20 points in only three games the rest of the way.The end result: a franchise best 15-1 record and a trip to the playoffs as the AFC's top seed.  In the playoffs the team that rolled through the regular season struggled and seemed a little over-their-heads in the playoffs.  After a first week bye, the Steelers faced the Jets in a Divisional playoff and narrowly won 20-17 in overtime, and this was after Jets PK Doug Brien missed his second chance at a game winning field goal.  In the AFC Championship game their inexperience showed as they lost 41-27 at home to the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. The Patriots would go on to win Super Bowl XXXIX.It was interesting to note that despite having the NFL's best record at 15-1, the Steelers had no players selected to the AFC Pro Bowl team.This 2004 road jersey continues a look the team established in 1997 - the black numeral style featured on this jersey is similar to the rounded numeral style the Chicago Bears use. It is used for the numbers on the front and back of the jersey as well as the TV numbers on the shoulders.  The sleeves are decorated with the traditional Steelers black white and gold striping.  Please also note that the teams logo appears on a patch on the left shoulder of the jersey, an unusual look for NFL jerseys.Please also note the fact that the helmet, as shown here, has no logo on the left side. As written earlier in this text, if you could see the right side of the helmet, you'd see the traditional 3-point Steelers logo a marking that has graced the right side of Steelers helmets since 1962. The 3 points not only represent three rivers, but were also the US Steel logo. Die-hard Steelers fans know that this logo is only on the right side of the helmet. The story goes that when the logo was proposed in 1962, owner Art Rooney wasn't 100% sure if he liked the logo so he had it placed on the right side only! The tradition has been upheld ever since and that's why the left side has no logo.

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