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 2004 St. Louis Cardinals uniform is the original artwork that was used in the creation of this St. Louis Cardinals uniform evolution print and tens of thousands of other St. Louis Cardinals products that have been sold across North America. This original piece of art was painted by artist Nola McConnan 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com .
Without a doubt the 2004 Cardinals had the best offence in the National League. Their lineup featured Albert Pujols, Jim Edmonds and Scott Rolen who each had 34 more or more homers, 111 or more RBI, and a batting average of .300 or better. The pitching staff was equally impressive as starters Jeff Suppan, Chris Carpenter, Jason Marquis and Matt Morris all won at least 15 games. The Cardinals 3.75 team ERA was ranked second in all of baseball just behind the Atlanta Braves 3.74 ERA.In August Cardinals GM Walt Jocketty made another one of his great mid-season deals acquiring Larry Walker from the Colorado Rockies. By adding the 3-time NL batting champion, the Cardinals, without question, had the best hitting lineup in the National League and perhaps all of baseball. The team finished with an MLB best record of 105-57, the second highest win total in Cardinals history. The club's best finish was 106-48 in 1942, a year they won the World Series under manager Billy Southworth.The Cardinals won the NL Central by 13 games over the Houston Astros. Both teams advanced to the post season and in the NLDS the Cardinals played the LA Dodgers while the Astros lined up against the Braves. The Cards won their best-of-five series 3 games to 1 to advance to the NLCS for the third time in 5 years. Houston also advanced to the NLCS by beating the Atlanta Braves 3 games to 2.In the National League Championship Series the Cards were in tough, pitted against their division rival and pitching Ace Roger Clemens. The Cards opened the series at home and won games 1 & 2. The home team streak continued as the series shifted back to Houston - the Astros took games 3, 4 and 5 at home.Thus the series returned to Busch Stadium for Game 6 and Game 7 if necessary. In Game 6 the Cardinals and Astros went into extra innings where Jim Edmonds homered in the 12th to give the Cards a 6-4 win to force a decisive seventh game.In Game 7, the Cards were trailing Roger Clemens 2-1 in 6th when Albert Pujols delivered a game tying double, followed by a Scott Rolen 2-run homer, thus giving the Cardinals the lead for good as they went on to win the game 5-2 to advance to the World Series for the first time in 17 years. Pujols earned NLCS MVP honors by batting .500 with 4 homers.In the World Series the Cardinals faced the Boston Red Sox who were flying off a incredibly dramatic ALCS victory over the New York Yankees where they became the first team to rally from a 0-3 playoff series deficit.Game 1 was another slugfest, as the Red Sox won 11-9 on the strength of a Mark Bellhorn home run in the 8th inning. However that would be the last noise made by the Cardinals bats all series as the Sox took a 2-0 series lead behind Curt Schillings brilliant and inspired pitching performance in a 6-2 Red Sox win. Back on home turf for games 3 and 4, not even Busch Stadium could get the Cardinals back into the series as the Sox were just too hot. In Game 3 Pedro Martinez shut down the Cards allowing just 3 hits in a 4-1 Red Sox win. The Red Sox would go on to complete the sweep with a 3-0 win in Game 4 as Derrick Lowe and Keith Foulke held the Cards to just 4 hits as the Red Sox won their first World Series in 86 years, holding the Cardinals powerful offense to a .190 average in the Fall Classic.The Cardinals wore this road grey jersey when they lost their Game 1 of the 2004 World Series 11-9 at Fenway Park in Boston. The jersey sports the traditional Cardinals logo on the front; all letters and numerals are cardinal red.If you look closely you will find the official 2004 World Series patch on the right sleeve. It is our belief that the custom of both teams wearing a year-specific World Series patch began in 1987 and has continued ever since (if you know the truth to be something else, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and well try to make it worth your while). As noted earlier, MLB uses a different patch each year on the World Series participants uniforms. The patch design changes from year to year, but it always features the World Series year and the words World Series.