Monday, November 20, 2017

Daniel Schmidt - 2016-17 Perth Heat

Perth stalwart Schmidt returned for his seventh ABL season with the Perth Heat during the 2016-17 ABL season.

2016-17 Perth Heat Daniel Schmidt card front -  ©2017 Adam East

Saturday, November 18, 2017

2017-18 ABL Design Concept

The 2017-18 ABL season started this weekend, however the first games here won't occur until next week. I've finally gotten around to producing several design concepts for my 2017-18 Australia Baseball League designs, and have settled on the following:

2017-18 Concept Design using Boss Moanaroa of the Canberra Cavalry - ©2017 Adam East
The above uses my 2016-17 photo of Boss Moanaroa. The logo background and text colouring will change based on the team of the player depicted on the card. My first cards featuring 2017-18 photos probably won't be ready for another week and a half, noting that it's still a week until I'll get to my first game.

2017-18 Concept Design using Shane Keller of the Sydney Blue Sox - ©2017 Adam East

Here's the Sydney Blue Sox version, featuring Shane Kelleher. I haven't actually posted up his 2016-17 version card yet, but it uses the same photo as this. Similar to Moanaroa, I'm using him as a placeholder until I get some actual 2017-18 photos.

I still have a lot of 2016-17 cards to display on the blog like the Shane Kelleher card, so they'll still be the main focus in coming weeks but I'll start slipping in my 2017-18 cards as time goes on and as the number of remaining 2016-17 cards decrease.

Acknowledgements:
Text Font is "All Ages" by KC Fonts
Logo background is a brush created by Lileya Brogu

Friday, November 17, 2017

Roman Collins - 2016-17 Melbourne Aces

Collins is an American import from the Kansas City Royals organisation who played with the Melbourne Aces during the 2016-17ABL season. Collins split time in 2016 between the Lexington Legends and the Wilmington Blue Rocks, the Royals’ single and advanced A level teams respectively. He subsequently spent 2017 playing for Wilmington.

2016-17 Melbourne Aces Roman Collins card front - ©2017 Adam East

2016-17 Melbourne Aces Roman Collins alternate card front - ©2017 Adam East

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Tim Atherton - 2016-17 Canberra Cavalry

Atherton remained with the Cavalry for the 2016-17 ABL season following his return from the Blue Sox the previous season. Atherton seems to have some itchy feet, noting that he’s moved up to the Brisbane Bandits for the 2017-18 ABL season, one of the few ABL players who will have played fro 3 different clubs.

2016-17 Canberra Cavalry Tim Atherton card front - ©2017 Adam East

Monday, November 13, 2017

David Rodriguez - 2016-17 Brisbane Bandits

Rodriguez is a Venezuelan import from the Tampa Bay Rays organisation who played with the Brisbane Bandits during the 2016-17 ABL season. Rodriguez spent 2016 playing for the Bowling Green Hot Rods, the Rays' single A affiliate, and in 2017 with their advanced A affiliate, the Charlotte Stone Crabs.


2016-17 Brisbane Bandits David Rodriguez card front - ©2017 Adam East

Monday, November 6, 2017

Matt Dixon - 2016-17 Perth Heat

Local player Dixon returned for his fifth season with the Perth Heat during the 2016-17 ABL season.

2016-17 Perth Heat Matt Dixon alternate card front - ©2017 Adam East

2016-17 Perth Heat Matt Dixon alternate card front - ©2017 Adam East

Friday, November 3, 2017

Josh Tols - 2016-17 Melbourne Aces

Adelaide born Tols moved from the Bite, where he'd played in three previous three years, over to the Melbourne Aces for the 2016-17 ABL season. In 2016, between his ABL club movement Tols also played with the Kansas City T-Bones in the independent American Association.

2016-17 Melbourne Aces Josh Tols card front - ©2017 Adam East
The old rule of never muck up when there's a camera around is always in effect. Tols and another pitcher were trying to manspread in the background of my shots of other Aces pitchers in the bullpen, so there has to be a card of that..

2016-17 Melbourne Aces Josh Tols alternate card front - ©2017 Adam East

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Brian Grening - 2016-17 Canberra Cavalry

Grening has setup a fairly standard playing routine now of spending the northern summers playing for the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in the independent Atlantic League, and the Canberra Cavalry in the southern summers. The 2016-17 ABL season was Grening's sixth ABL season. He married in 2016, his wife coming from Canberra, and he commented that he pretty much considers Canberra to be his home field now. I'm pretty sure that he even qualified under last season's revised import rules to play as an Aussie due to his long tenure with the club. His 2016-17 ABL season was cut short however by a stint with Leones del Caracas in the Venezuelan League.


2016-17 Canberra Cavalry Brian Grening card front - ©2017 Adam East

Monday, October 30, 2017

Justin Erasmus - 2016-17 Brisbane Bandits

Erasmus returned for his sixth ABL season with Brisbane during 2016-17, his seventh in total in the ABL. He had previously spent time in 2016 with the De Glaskoning Twins in the Honkbal Hoofdklasse (Dutch Major League.)

2016-17 Brisbane Bandits Justin Erasmus card front - ©2017 Adam East

Friday, October 27, 2017

Devon Barker - 2016-17 Adelaide Bite

Barker is an American import who returned for his second season with the Adelaide Bite during the 2016-17 ABL season. In between his two ABL stints, Barker spent 2017 playing for Třebíč Nuclears in the Czech Extraliga.

2016-17 Adelaide Bite Devon Barker card front - ©2017 Adam East

Monday, October 23, 2017

Robbie Perkins - 2016-17 Canberra Cavalry

Robbie returned from the northern summer playing with the Colorado Rockies farm teams to play in his sixth ABL season with the Canberra Cavalry in the 2016-17 ABL season. In 2017 he split time between the Rockies Single and Advanced A teams with a brief end of season appearance at the Triple A level Albuquerque Isotopes.

2016-17 Canberra Cavalry Robbie Perkins card front - ©2017 Adam East

2016-17 Canberra Cavalry Robbie Perkins alternate card front - ©2017 Adam East

Friday, October 20, 2017

Josh Dean - 2016-17 Sydney Blue Sox

Sydney Blue Sox veteran Dean returned for his sixth year with the Blue Sox during the 2016-17 ABL season.

2016-17 Sydney Blue Sox Joshua Dean card front - ©2017 Adam East

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Virgil Vasquez - 2016-17 Melbourne Aces

Former MLB, Perth Heat, Adelaide Bite and Melbourne Aces player Vasquez returned to the Aces for his second ABL season with them and his fifth ABL season in total during 2016-17.


2016-17 Melbourne Aces Virgil Vasquez card front - ©2017 Adam East

Friday, October 13, 2017

Sean Guinard - 2016-17 Canberra Cavalry

Having pitched 4 innings for the Canberra Cavalry back in the 2012-13 ABL season, Guinard returned to Cavalry roster after a 4 year gap and made the most of his opportunities, starting 10 games and compiling a 4-2 record. Guinard is an American who originally came over to play baseball for a local ACT club before his brief original ABL stint. He ended up marrying a local girl and staying, even taking up playing Australian Rules Football in the AFL Canberra competition. I have him listed as "American" but I don't know what his actual status is - having married a local and settled down here, I don't know whether he's taken out Aussie citizenship or not.


2016017 Canberra Cavalry Sean Guinard card front - ©2017 Adam East

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Andrew Campbell - 2016-17 Brisbane Bandits

Local Ipswich born Campbell returned for his seventh season with the Brisbane Bandits during the 2016-17 ABL season.

2016-17 Brisbane Bandits Andrew Campbell card front - ©2017 Adam East

Monday, October 9, 2017

Matt Williams - 2016-17 Adelaide Bite

The curse of not getting an action shot of Williams at the Bite continues. The 2016-17 ABL season was Williams' seventh ABL season and his fourth with Adelaide. Of note though is that his legendary ginger beard reduced down to just a goatee after years of previous growth.


2016-17 Adelaide Bite Matthew Williams card front - ©2017 Adam East

Friday, October 6, 2017

Tyler Herr - 2016-17 Canberra Cavalry

Herr is an American import who played with the Canberra Cavalry during the 2016-17 ABL season. Herr had previously spent a season with the Sydney Blue Sox back in 2012-13 before being released from the Minnesota Twins organisation. Since the he's been playing in assorted independent leagues, most recently with the San Rafael Pacifics (Pacific Association), the Tucson Saguaros (Pecos League) and the Joplin Blasters (American Association) in 2016 and the Salina Stockade (American Association) in 2017.


2016-17 Canberra Cavalry Tyler Herr card front - ©2017 Adam East

2016-17 Canberra Cavalry Tyler Herr alternate card front ©2017 Adam East

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Matt Timms - 2016-17 Brisbane Bandits

Local Queenslander Timms returned for his third season with the Brisbane Bandits during the 2016-17 ABL season.

2016-17 Brisbane Bandits Matt Timms card front - ©2017 Adam East

Monday, October 2, 2017

Scott Cone - 2016-17 Canberra Cavalry

Scott Cone was another one of the Aussie-born "New Zealanders" who had to change allegiance to Australia or be considered an import for the Canberra Cavalry during the 2016-17 ABL season. Cone had previously played for the Cavalry during the 2015-16 ABL season, however his decision to play for New Zealand in the World Baseball Classic hadn't been an issue under the previous import rules.


2016-17 Canberra Cavalry Scott Cone card front - ©2017 Adam East

2016-17 Canberra Cavalry Scott Cone alternate card front - ©2017 Adam East

Friday, September 29, 2017

Josh Silvi - 2016-17 Perth Heat

Despite being only being 23 years old and having played only 28 games games, Silvi is fast becoming a veteran of the Perth Heat players with the 2016-17 ABL season being his sixth season in the ABL.

2016-17 Perth Heat Josh Silvi card front - ©2017 Adam East

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Liam Bedford - 2016-17 Melbourne Aces

Melbourne local Bedford returned for his fourth season with the Melbourne Aces during the 2016-17 ABL season.

2016-17 Melbourne Aces Liam Bedford card front - ©2017 Adam East

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Custom NFL Card - 1988 Topps Colin Scotts

As a follow up to my Colin Ridgway 1996 Philadelphia NFL card, here's the next in my series of "Aussie NFL Players who need a trading card". This is for Colin Scotts, the second ever Australian to play in the NFL and the first to be drafted.  He was drafted by the St Louis Cardinals as the 70th pick in the third round of the 1987 draft. Scotts ended up playing seven games at DE/TE for the Cardinals before being traded to the Houston Oilers. Unfortunately, he didn't end up adding to his game tally but still holds the distinction of being one of only a handful of Aussies to play in a non-Punting position in the NFL.

I couldn't find any photos of Scotts from his actual NFL games, so I had to take one from his days playing at the University of Hawaii and modify the uniforms to look like the 1987 St Louis design. Noting that he played in the 1987 season, it made sense to add him in to the 1988 Topps NFL card design. I have to admit that the Cardinal logo on the helmet in the photo looks a little funny in the placement to me, but the helmet is actually lifted directly from the image of another player from the era so it is authentic.

1988 Topps Colin Scotts custom card front - made by Adam East
1988 Topps Colin Scotts custom card back - made by Adam East

Monday, September 25, 2017

River Stephens - 2016-17 Canberra Cavalry

Sometimes it's hard to tell all of the Canberra Cavalry players with their golden flowing locks apart .... in this case it's River Stevens, American import from the San Diego Padres organisation. Stevens returned for his second season with Canberra during the 2016-17 ABL season. In between his ABL stints he played with the Padres' single A, Advanced A and double A affiliates in 2016.


2016-17 Canberra Cavalry River Stevens card front - ©2017 Adam East

Friday, September 22, 2017

Rick Teasley - 2016-17 Brisbane Bandits

Teasley is an American independent ball player who returned to the Brisbane Bandits for his second year during the 2016-17 ABL season. In between his ABL stints he played for the Southern Illinois Miners in the Frontier League.


2016-17 Brisbane Bandits Rick Teasley card front - ©2017 Adam East

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Loek van Mil - 2016-17 Adelaide Bite

The evertall Dutch import Van Mil returned for his second season with the Adelaide Bite during the 2016-17 ABL season. In between he spent time at both the Curaçao Neptunus in his native Honkbal Hoofdklasse and the Rochester Red Wings, the Minnesota Twins' AAA affiliate. Unfortunately for him, he was released by the Twins after 5 games, ending his 10 year career in the minors.



2016-17 Adelaide Bite Loek van Mil card front ©2017 Adam East

Monday, September 18, 2017

Malik Collymore - 2016-17 Sydney Blue Sox

Collymore is an Canadian import from the Milwaukee Brewers who played for the Sydney Blue Sox during the 2016-17 ABL season. Collymore played for the Brewers Advanced A affiliate, the Brevard County Manatees in 2016 before being released in 2017. Fortunately he was signed  by the Cincinnati Reds and spent  time between their Dayton Dragons and Daytona Tortugas affiliates.

I couldn't resist using the tongue out photo fro an alternate card front.


2016-17 Sydney Blue Sox Malik Collymore card front ©2017 Adam East

2016-17 Sydney Blue Sox Malik Collymore alternate card front - ©2017 Adam East

Friday, September 15, 2017

Derek Peterson - 2016-17 Perth Heat

Peterson is an American import from the Baltimore Orioles organisation who spent his second year with the Perth Heat during the 2016-17 ABL season. Peterson had previously spent the 2015-16 ABL season with the Heat, but missed all of the American 2016 season due to injury, hence his return to the Heat. For some reason, he doesn't seem to have played in 2017 either. The official Minor League Baseball website has him still listed as Active for the Orioles, however I suspect he may have been released during 2017 Spring Training.

2016-17 Perth Heat Derek Peterson card front - ©2017 Adam East

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Joe Quinn - Beginnings 1880s by Ars Longa Art Cards

I came across the awesome custom artwork and baseball cards done by Jesse at Ars Longa Art Cards recently. Jesse takes vintage baseball cards and creates modern day custom cards using the vintage designs. There's a lot of research and effort that goes in in trying to make the images historically accurate. I was excited to discover that he had a card of Joseph Quinn, the very first Australian MLB player. Even better was the fact that one of them would soon be coming up for sale. I was fortunate to be able to get it, and it finally arrived in the post last Monday.

Here's a enlarged version of the card front. I think the card is awesome - the art work is very well done. More than happy to add this to my collection. It's an awful lot cheaper than the Old Judge card that it was based off of as well.


Beginnings: 1880s #219 - Joe Quinn by Ars Longa Art Cards

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Kyle Perkins - 2016-17 Canberra Cavalry

The older of the Canberran Perkins brothers Kyle returned to the Canberra Cavalry lineup for the 2016-17 ABL season. Perkins had been a part of the Cavalry's first 4 ABL seasons however gave up baseball after the 2013-14 ABL season after struggling with the game. A renewed interest saw him return back to the Cavalry and the ABL.

2016-17 Canberra Cavalry Kyle Perkins card front - ©2017 Adam East

2016-17 Canberra Cavalry Kyle Perkins alternate card front - ©2017  Adam East

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Custom NFL Card - 1966 Philadelphia Colin Ridgway

Although this blog is focused on baseball cards, I do collect cards of Australian players who appeared in all of the American major sporting leagues - MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL and even the WNBA.

The NFL has regularly flirted with trying to convert Australian Rules Football players to American Football punters due the Australian games' strong skills  in relation to placement kicking. Throwing the ball isn't allowed in Australian Rules Football and so Australian footballers need to be able to kick a football with the same accuracy to a team mate that an American quarterback needs to be able to throw the ball. The upshot of this is a number of Aussies have made attempts at the unglamorous American punting position, some successfully, some not as much. (Note to non-Australian readers - Australian Rules football is not rugby. Americans somehow get confused between the two. Rugby is a completely different sport altogether with very little kicking skill. It's like getting American football and soccer confused.)

The upshot of this though is that a lot of the Australian NFL players haven't ever had NFL cards made for them - when you have a roster of 53 players to choose from, the special teams unit are well down list of players to be featured in a card set.

I've been toying with the idea of trying to rectify this by making cards for the Aussie NFL players who currently don't have one. This was my first attempt to do so and featured Colin Ridgway, the very first Australian NFL player.

Ridgway was a gifted athlete who represented Australia in the High Jump at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and the 1958 Commonwealth Games, as well as being a  reserve grade player for the Carlton Blues in the Victorian Football League (the forerunner to the Australian Football League for the non-Australians who might be reading this.)

He accepted a scholarship to Lamar Tech in the USA. He was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 1965 where an attempt was made to convert his Aussie Rules kicking to American punting. The result wasn't successful and he only ended up playing in 3 games for the Cowboys during that 1965 season. It would be another 30 years before Australian punters would start to make the regular transition between the two football codes.

The card design is a replica of the 1966 Philadelphia Gum NFL card design. I figured that since he debuted in 1965, his debut card would show up in the 1966 set. I'm reasonably happy with the result except maybe the skin colour. I've only had black and white photos to work off of so I'm a bit unsure about Ridgway's skin complexion at the time, but I've had him come across as quite tanned rather than a fairer tone. I'll assume that's correct.

1966 Philadelphia Colin Ridgway custom card front - © 2017 Adam East

1966 Philadelphia Colin Ridgway custom card back - ©2017 Adam East

Monday, September 11, 2017

Louis Cohen - 2016-17 Canberra Cavalry

Cohen was an American import who returned to the Canberra Cavalry to play with them during the 2016-17 ABL season after having also played with them during 2015-16. Cohen appears to enjoy using baseball to play overseas, having played for the Hamburg Stealers in 2016 in the German Bundesliga before moving on to the Solingen Allogators in 2017.

2016-17 Canberra Cavalry Louis Cohen card front - ©2017 Adam East

2016-17 Canberra Cavalry Louis Cohen alternate card front - ©2017 Adam East

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Lists of Aussie Players Updated

The lists of Australian MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL players has been updated. I will hopefully get to update the WNBA list soon.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Ryan Battaglia - 2016-17 Brisbane Bandits

Even at age 25 Battaglia is becoming a veteran Brisbane Bandits player, having played in all seven seasons since the start of the latest ABL incarnation, including the last 2016-17 ABL season.


2016-17 Brisbane Bandits Ryan Battaglia card front - ©2017 Adam East

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Marcus Greene Jr - 2016-17 Adelaide Bite

Greene is an American import from the San Diego Padres organisation who played with the Adelaide Bite during the 2016-17 ABL season. In 2016 Greene played with the Fort Wayne TinCaps and the Lake Elsinore Storm, before returning to the Single A level TinCaps in 2017. Greene was part of a 2015 trade between Texas and San Diego that saw Padres' Major Leaguer Will Venable traded to Texas.

2016-17 Adelaide Bite Marcus Greene Jr card front - © 2017 Adam East

2016-17 Adelaide Bite Marcus Greene Jr  alternate card front - ©2017 Adam East

Monday, September 4, 2017

Andrew Case - 2016-17 Canberra Cavalry

Case is a Canadian import from the Toronto Blue Jays organisation who played with the Canberra Cavalry during the 2016-17 ABL season. He had spent 2016 playing with the Lansing Lugnuts, the Blue Jays' affiliate in the single A level ball Midwest League. There was a bit of background to Case's shift to the Lugnuts, with the promotion coming about after he received a 50 game suspension for missing a drug test earlier in 2016. In 2017 he has rocketed up the ladder, playing Advanced A, Double and Triple A level ball.

2016-17 Canberra Cavalry Andrew Case card front - ©2017 Adam East

Friday, August 25, 2017

Jared Cruz - 2016-17 Melbourne Aces

Melbourne local Cruz returned for his fourth season with the Melbourne Aces during the 2016-17 ABL season.

2016-17 Melbourne Aces Jared Cruz card front - ©2017 Adam East

2016-17 Melbourne ACes Jared Crux alternate card front - ©2017 Adam East

Friday, August 11, 2017

Jason Sloan - 2016-17 Canberra Cavalry

Canberra regular Jason Sloan returned for his fifth season with the Cavalry during the 2016-17 ABL season.

2016-17 Canberra Cavalry Jason Sloan card front - ©2017 Adam East