Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1997

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 (Orange), 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 1997 Tampa Bay Buccaneers uniform is the original artwork that was used in the creation of this Tampa Bay Buccaneers uniform evolution print and tens of thousands of other Tampa Bay Buccaneers 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 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 Buccaneers seems to turn over a new leaf, both in terms of uniform design and on-field success. We've now entered the Tony Dungy era.After taking over the head coaching reins in 96, the team responds, winning 5 out of its last 7 games. This confidence & high level of performance continues into the 97 season rewarding Buccaneers faithful with its 1st winning season in 15 years as the Bucs go 10-6!In the NFC Central Wildcard game, the Buccaneers take on the Detroit Lions in their 5th ever playoff game (and their first home playoff game since 1979) and the Bucs prevail 27-10 to win only their second playoff game ever! Heady days indeed!The following week the Bucs take on the Packers in an NFC Divisional Playoff, and the playoff savvy, Super Bowl bound Packers set the Bucs back by a 27-7 score.The franchise radically alters the look of the team uniform and even changes the traditional Buccaneer logo! In place of the knife-chomping swashbuckler is a giant skull & crossbones flag wrapped triumphantly around a giant sword. The team's jerseys are now white (road) with red numbers and black trim, and red (home) with white numbers & black trim.You have to look very closely, but the red numbers on this 97 road jersey have a thin, orange piping inside the outer black border. This thin orange stripe is repeated on the side of the pants. Note also that just below the NFL shield on the neck of the jersey is the word Buccaneers in what is known as a secondary logotype. The addition of a secondary team logo just below the V-neck is now used by quite a few NFL teams, and was relatively new in 1997.This painting shows the Buccaneers wearing copper / gold pants. It's interesting to note that the Buccaneers had the option of wearing these pants or their white ones with the road white jersey in this case we've chosen to show the copper/gold version because it's such an unusual color. Note also the fact that the Buccaneers pants have converted back to a laced front.Finally, note how the uniform numbers normally found on the sleeves of Bucs jerseys have been moved onto the shoulders, and in their former place is the teams new secondary mark a pirate ship!

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