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

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Vaughan Harris - 2016-17 Sydney Blue Sox

Sydney veteran Harris returned for his seventh ABL season with the Blue Sox for the 2016-17 ABL season.


2016-17 Sydney Blue Sox Vaughan Harris card front - ©2017 Adam East

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Sam Kennelly - 2016-17 Perth Heat

Sam returned for his fifth season with the Perth Heat during the 2016-17 ABL season. He spent 2016 splitting time between Pittsburgh's two rookie level teams, the GCL Pirates and the Bristol Pirates before unfortunately being released during the ABL season.


2016-17 Perth Heat Sam Kennelly card front - ©2017 Adam East

Monday, July 31, 2017

Daniel McGrath - 2016-17 Melbourne Aces

After playing in the first three seasons of the new ABL with the Melbourne Aces McGrath signed with the Boston Red Sox after which he ceased play in the ABL following the 2012-13 season. He  focused on his American play, reaching the Advanced A level Salem Red Sox in 2016. Obviously something happened discussion wise as McGrath was able to join Melbourne for the 2016-17 ABL season before heading back to Salem in 2017.

2016-17 Melbourne Aces Daniel McGrath card front - ©2017 Adam East

Friday, July 21, 2017

AJ Holland - 2016-17 Canberra Cavalry

Holland is an American import who returned to play for the Canberra Cavalry in the 2016-17 ABL season. Holland previously had a stint with the Cavalry back in 2014-15 before spending 2016 playing for Draci Brno in the Czech Extraliga.

I discovered that Holland really liked my card design from his last time with the Cavalry and had been searching around trying to get a copy for himself, so I'm getting a copy printed up to send to him.

2016-17 Canberra Cavalry AJ Holland card front - ©2017 Adam East

2016-17 Canberra Cavalry AJ Holland alternate card front - ©2017 Adam East

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Aaron Whitefield - 2016-17 Brisbane Bandits

Former locally born softballer Whitefield has continued with his adjustments to baseball, returning to the Brisbane Bandits for his second ABL season in 2016-17. Whitefiled has also spent three seasons in the minors for the Minnesota Twins, spending 2015 and 2016 witht he Twins Gulf Coast League rookie level team before graduating to the single A level Cedar Rapids Kernels in 2017.


2016-17 Brisbane Bandits Aaron Whitefield card front - ©2017 Adam East

Monday, July 17, 2017

Josh Altmann - 2016-17 Adelaide Bite

Altmann is an American import from the Texas Rangers organisation who played with the Adelaide Bite during the 2016-17 ABL season. Altmann has spent three years playing in the Rangers' farm system, spending 2016 with the single A Hickory Crawdads and Advanced A High Desert mavericks in 2016 before moving on to the Advanced A level Down East Wood Ducks in 2017.


2016-17 Adelaide Bite Josh Altmann card front - 2017 Adam East

2016-17 Adelaide Bite Josh Altmann alternate card front - ©2017 Adam East


Friday, July 14, 2017

Sven Schüller - 2016-17 Sydney Blue Sox

Schüller is a German import from the Los Angeles Dodgers organisation who played with the Sydney Blue Sox during the 2016-17 ABL season. Schüller spent 2016 playing for the Dodgers' two rookie level teams before graduating to the single A level Great Lakes Loons in 2017.


2016-17 Sydney Blue Sox Sven Schüller card front - ©2017 Adam East

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Cameron Lamb - 2016-17 Perth Heat

One of a core of local Perth Heat stalwarts Lamb returned for his seventh straight season in both the ABL and with the Perth Heat during the 2016-17 ABL season.

2016-17 Perth Heat Cameron Lamb card front ©2017 Adam East

Friday, July 7, 2017

Zech Lemond - 2016-17 Canberra Cavalry

Lemond is an American import from the San Diego Padres organisation who played with the Canberra Cavalry during the 2016-17 ABL season. Lemond has spent most of 2015 through 2017 playing for the Lake Elsinore Storm, the Padres Advanced A affiliate in the California League.

2016-17 Canberra Cavalry Zech Lemond card front - ©2017 Adam East

Monday, July 3, 2017

Phil Stockman - 2016-17 Brisbane Bandits

Former MLB pitcher Phil Stockman was the Brisbane Bandits' pitching coach during the 2016-17 ABL season. Stockman had previously played for the Bandits during the inaugural ABL season back in 2010-11.

2016-17 Brisbane Bandits Phil Stockman card front - ©2017 Adam East

Friday, June 30, 2017

Karl Hoschke - 2016-17 Adelaide Bite

Sydney born Hoschke is an Australian youngster who played with the Adelaide Bite during the 2016-17 ABL season., Hoschke has played in three ABL seasons so far, his rookie year with Brisbane and the following two with Adelaide. He also spent 2014 playing for the Atlanta Braves Rookie level team in the Gulf Coast League.

2016-17 Adelaide Bite Karl Hoschke card front - ©2017 Adam East

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Stone Garrett - 2016-17 Sydney Blue Sox

Garrett is an an American import from the Miami Marlins organisation who played with the Sydney Blue Sox during the 2016-17 ABL season. Garrett spent 2016 playing for the marlins Rookie and A level affiliates before advancing to the Advanced A level Jupiter Hammerheads in 2017.


2016-17 Sydney Blue Sox Stone Garrett card front - ©2017 Adam East

2016-17 Sydney Blue Sox Stone Garrett alternate card front - ©2017 Adam East

Monday, June 26, 2017

Warwick Saupold - 2016-17 Perth Heat

Saupold, Australia's most recent MLB debutant in 2016 is currently enjoying his time with the Detroit Tigers, however he did play with his hometown Perth Heat during the 2016-17 ABL season, his seventh season with the Heat.

2016-17 Perth Heat Warwick Saupold card front - ©2017 Adam East

Friday, June 23, 2017

Matthew (Keli'i) Zablan - 2016-17 Melbourne Aces

Zablan is an American import who played with the Melbourne Aces during the 2016-17 ABL season. This was Zablan's second season with the Aces, having also played six games with them during 2015-16. The ABL website lists Zablan's first name as Matthew, however it appears that he is generally known by the first name of Keli'i. Zablan spent a single season in the Seattle Mariner's farm system in 2011, but has otherwise spent his time playing independent ball in the Frontier League for the River City Rascals until late 2013 when he moved to Australia to take up coaching in Geelong.

2016-17 Melbourne Aces Matthew Zablan card front - ©2017 Adam East

Friday, June 9, 2017

DJ Davis - 2016-17 Canberra Cavalry

Davis is an American import from the Toronto Blue jays organisation who played with the Canberra cavalry during the 2016-17 ABL season. Davis has spent 2016 and 2017 playing with the Dunedin Blue Jays , Toronto's Advanced A affiliate in the Florida State league.

2016-17 Canberra Cavalry DJ Davis card front - ©2017 Adam East

Friday, June 2, 2017

David Sutherland - 2016-17 Brisbane Bandits

Brisbane veteran Sutherland returned to the Bandits during the 2016-17 ABL season, his seventh season in the ABL.

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

Monday, May 29, 2017

Greg Mosel - 2016-17 Adelaide Bite

I'm pretty sure that this image is of Greg Mosel, an Aussie pitcher who made his debut with the Adelaide Bite during the 2016-17 ABL season. The ABL website lists Mosel as being born in Adelaide, however I've seen other sites listing him as coming from Darwin in the Northern Territory, and I'm not sure which is correct. Based on past experience, I'd probably take the other sites as being more accurate than the ABL website.

Mosel spent time playing for the Redlands Community College in El Reno, Oklahoma and the Southeast Missouri State University.

2016-17 Adelaide Bite Greg Mosel card front - ©2017 Adam East

Friday, May 26, 2017

Ryan Dale - 2016-17 Melbourne Aces

Despite only being 20 years of age, the 2016-17 ABL season was Dale's fifth ABL season with the Melbourne Aces, having debuted at the tender age of 16. Despite this being his fifth season this is my first ever card of Dale. Dale also 4 years of experience playing the Kansas City Royals' farm system. In 2016 he played for the Idaho Falls Chukars in the Rookie level Pioneer League.

2016-17 Melbourne Aces Ryan Dale card front - ©2017 Adam East

2016-17 Melbourne Aces Ryan Dale alternate card front - ©2017 Adam East

Friday, May 19, 2017

Steve Kent - 2016-17 Canberra Cavalry

Local player Kent returned for his sixth season with the Cavalry during the 2016-17 ABL season. During 2016, Kent primarily spent time with the Atlanta Braves double A affiliate, the Mississippi Braves, although he did have a single game with the Triple A level Gwinnett Braves.

2016-17 Canberra Cavalry Steve Kent card front - ©2017 Adam East

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Josh Guyer - 2016-17 Sydney Blue Sox

After being released by the Minnesota Twins organisation in 2015, Guyer missed the 2015-16 ABL season, eventually returning to the Sydney Blue Sox in 2016-17. The 2016-17 ABL season was Guyer's fourth in the ABL and with the Blue Sox.


2016-17 Sydney Blue Sox Josh Guyer card front - ©2017 Adam East

Friday, May 12, 2017

Matt Kennelly - 2016-17 Perth Heat

Matt Kennelly returned for his seventh ABL season with the Perth Heat in 2016-17. In 2016 Matt  retired from affiliated baseball, having played 10 years primarily for the Atlanta Braves organisation. His final stint was with the Double A level Mississippi Braves in the Southern League.


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

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Jon Kennedy - 2016-17 Melbourne Aces

Kennedy is a local Melbournian who played his fifth season in the ABL and with the Melbourne Aces in the 2016-17 ABL season. Despite it being his fifth ABL season, this is my first card for Kennedy. Kennedy signed with the Atlanta Braves organisation in 2015 and spent his first year with the organisation in 2016, pitching for their Rookie, Single A and advanced A affiliates. In 2017 he has started with the Single A level Rome Braves.

2016-17 Melbourne Aces Jon Kennedy card front - ©2017 Adam East

Monday, May 8, 2017

Josh Almonte - 2016-17 Canberra Cavalry

Almonte is an American import from the Toronto Blue Jays organisation who played with the Canberra Cavalry during the 2016-17 ABL season. Almonte spent 2016 split between the Lansing Lugnuts and the Dunedin Blue Jays, Toronto's single and advanced A teams respectively..

2016-17 Canberra Cavalry Josh Almonte card front - ©2017 Adam East

Friday, May 5, 2017

Thomas Milone - 2016-17 Brisbane Bandits

Milone is an American import from the Tampa Bay Rays organisation who played with the Brisbane Bandits during the 2016-17 ABL season. In 2016 Milone played with the Charlotte Stone Crabs in the Advanced A level Florida State League.


2016-17 Brisbane Bandits Thomas Milone card front - ©2017 Adam East

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Christopher Horne - 2016-17 Adelaide Bite

Horne is a local South Australian player who played his second season with the Adelaide Bite during 2016-17.

2016-17 Adelaide Bite Christopher Horne card front - ©2017 Adam East

Monday, May 1, 2017

Tucker Neuhaus - 2016-17 Sydney Blue Sox

Neuhaus is an American import from the Milwaukee Brewers organisation who played with the Sydney Blue Sox during the 2016-17 ABL season. Neuhaus spent 2016 split between the Brewers Arizona League rookie tam and their single A affiliate, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

2016-17 Sydney Blue Sox Tucker Neuhaus card front - ©2017 Adam East

Friday, April 28, 2017

Peter Moylan - 2016-17 Melbourne Aces

Current MLB pitcher with the Kansas City Royals, Perth born Moylan returned to the Melbourne Aces during the 2016-17 ABL season for his second season in the ABL, although admittedly, his first season consisted of just a single inning of relief. As a Perth supporter I was disappointed that he's not playing for his hometown Heat in the ABL.

2016-17 Melbourne Aces Peter Moylan card front - ©2017 Adam East