Certain Photos Just Beg To Have Customs Made Of Them

When I came up with my 2013 custom design, I didn’t realize how difficult it would be to find pictures where part of the player’s head or arm or bat came up enough to be in front of the team name while still leaving the name somewhat legible. Over the past few months I’ve sorta trained myself to look for photos that have that particular attribute… However, I never thought I’d have an opportunity to use a photo where the it’s the player’s foot that comes in front of the team name, so when I did come  across one, well, I just had to.
2013 TSR #432 Scott Diamond

Thank you, Scott Diamond.  Unfortunately, this custom may have been the only thing to work out for him this week, as he had a poor outing and got sent down to AAA.

The A’s recently had a throwback game against the Angels, and I can’t say enough about how nice a job was done to replicate the 1969 A’s uniforms.
2013 TSR #499 - Grant Balfour

It seems like they got a lot of details right, from the lack of an apostrophe-s on the jersey and hat logo, the MLB Centennial patch, and the green and yellow stirrups over the yellow sanitaries.

The Angels also wore throwbacks  which seem pretty accurate, but aren’t anywhere near as colorful as the A’s.  They do have the very cool halo on the hats, though… You can kinda sorta see it on the top of Trumbo’s cap.

2013 TSR #435 - Mark Trumbo

Someone In Oakland Apparently Thinks “A’s” Is Short For “Australians”

2011 Topps Update #US135 - Grant Balfour - Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com

2011 Topps Update #US135 – Grant Balfour – Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com

Going into the season, the A’s had Australian Grant Balfour (from Sydney) in their bullpen.

Back on April 20th, they claimed pitcher Rich Thompson (Hornsby) on waivers from the Angels.

Two days later, they claimed infielder Luke Hughes (Perth) from the Twins.  At this point I was going to write a post about how the A’s were cornering the market on Australians, but then they designated Thompson for assignment on the 25th, and Hughes on the 30th.  Both ended up being outrighted to AAA Sacramento.

2004 Topps First Year Player Bonus #1 - Travis Blackley - Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com

2011 Topps Update #US286 – Rich Thompson – Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com

This past Tuesday, the A’s claimed pitcher Travis Blackley (Melbourne) on waivers from the Giants, and they now have at least 4 Australians in their organization.  I wonder if that’s any kind of record.

Let’s see if the A’s try to pick up the Twins’ Liam Hendriks or the Padres’ Josh Spence…

You know, I’d never realized how many current Australian players are pitchers.  After Joe Quinn, who played from 1884 to 1901, there weren’t any Australians in the majors until Craig Shipley and Dave Nilsson, both position players.  After them it was mainly pitchers like Graeme Lloyd, Peter Moylan and Ryan Rowland-Smith with the occasional Trent Durrington or Justin Huber thrown in.

Does anybody collect Australian Major Leaguers?  Seems like a fun (and inexpensive) type of player collection.

2011 Topps Update #US286 - Rich Thompson - Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com

2011 Topps Update #US286 – Rich Thompson – Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com

2010 Topps Update #US109 - Luke Hughes  RC (Rookie Card) - Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com

2010 Topps Update #US109 – Luke Hughes RC (Rookie Card) – Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com

1993 Studio #130 - Craig Shipley - Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com

1993 Studio #130 – Craig Shipley – Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com

1994 Score #284 - Graeme Lloyd - Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com

1994 Score #284 – Graeme Lloyd – Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com

2011 Topps Update Gold #US45 - Peter Moylan/2011 - Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com

2011 Topps Update Gold #US45 – Peter Moylan/2011 – Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com

2012 Topps Heritage #89 - Liam Hendriks - Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com

2012 Topps Heritage #89 – Liam Hendriks – Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com