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A 16 card retro-themed trading card set featuring the greatest athletes from the Golden Age of Australian sport, 1886-1936.
A 16 card retro-themed trading card set featuring the greatest athletes from the Golden Age of Australian sport, 1886-1936.
13 backers pledged $1,396 to help bring this project to life.

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So, besides flying monkeys and a clockwork robot, Oz had athletes?

Well, no. Not that Oz, the other one, the one with the kangaroos, Australia. Australia has produced its own stunning crop of athletes
at about the same time that America was producing Jim Thorpe, Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth, and England was producing Jack Hobbs and C.B.Fry. The first three decades of the twentieth Century were somewhat of a guilded age for the athlete worldwide, as if some invisible ether descended from heavens and blessed a certain few with the Skills of the Gods. In the days before TV and internet, and only black and white game highlights shown at cinemas, the only way some people got a glimpse of their favourite athlete was the cigarette or gum card. And that is exactly what this set celebrates. Hopefully, with better artwork.

 In response to the requests in my inbox over the last year, The Sportsmen of Oz is focused heavily on Footy players. I chose a sort of a 1930's pulp era / 1960's men's magazine (ie. ADAM) style for this set, unlike some of the cards of the era, especially the cricket cards, are pretty staid and stately affairs. For the illustrations of Bannerman and Blackham, befitting the era in which they played, the style is a little more like late Victorian portraits. Reverses of cards are based on the cards from the 1905-1910 era. Those of you who have my sketch cards know i am keen on the designs of cards themselves, not just the artwork - this set is no exception; cards will be lightly vintaged and either matte on both sides or with an aqueous semi-gloss on the front.

The base set of sixteen 2.5" by 3.5" cards of the Sportsmen of Oz. Prototypes shown; colour and detail might vary slightly from final product.
The base set of sixteen 2.5" by 3.5" cards of the Sportsmen of Oz. Prototypes shown; colour and detail might vary slightly from final product.
Image of design of card reverse. Prototype.
Image of design of card reverse. Prototype.

Included in the Sportsmen of Oz are:

1. Sir Don Bradman -  Legendary Batsman and Greatest Australian athlete

2. Haydn Bunton Sr. -  Fitzroy's own high flying gazelle

3. Jack (Mc)Blackham -   "The Prince of Wicket Keepers"

4. Roy Cazaly -   aka  "Up there Cazaly",  one of the greatest players to never receive a Brownlow.

5. Les Darcy -   "The Maitland Wonder" heavyweight boxer

6. Bob Pratt -  His 150 goal season record still unbroken almost 80 years later

7. Vic Richardson -  Cricketer, footballer, baseball player, and golfer among other sports; one of Australia's greatest athletes.

8. Charles Bannerman -  First to score a century in a test match

9. Harry Collier - One of Collingwood's greatest players

10. Gordon Coventry  - Collingwood's goal kicking titan

11. Sir Douglas Nicholls - Pastor, statesman, boxer, runner, and one of Fitzroy's finest

12. Jack Dyer - Richmond's own "Captain Blood"

13. Jack Worrall - Cricketer and Footballer, in Fitzroy Jumper

14. Frederick Spofforth - "The Demon Bowler",  Australia's legendary Pace Bowler

15. Victor Trumper - Greatest Batsman of the Pre-Bradman era

16. Ken Farmer -  North Adelaide's "Bradman of Goal Kickers"

Included with the base set, for all pledges $28 and over is a randomly inserted original hand-drawn sketch card of one of the 16 athletes in the set, and maybe even a few others! 

Other companies' cards look as though they have been drawn by a syphilitic gibbon in a test facility
Other companies' cards look as though they have been drawn by a syphilitic gibbon in a test facility
Mockup of Sportsmen of Oz sketchcards based on recent work
Mockup of Sportsmen of Oz sketchcards based on recent work

I don't sell prints of my work. I'm not in that business. Occasionally I give away prints with my orders. This will be the only time these prints will be available. Most of the prints have a much larger image area than the images on the cards, as they are un-cropped. Hang these stunning 8 by 10 inch prints in your home, office, den, or hollowed-out underground volcano lair right next to the ballistic missle silo with pride.

Example of the prints. First initial and last name at the bottom.
Example of the prints. First initial and last name at the bottom.

Prints will be printed on heavy matte finish paper. For pledges above $35 dollars, 2 sets of 16 images will be available.

THE BRADMAN PRINT

Originally this was slated to be in the set, but stylewise it did not fit with the others. But it still makes a great print so it is included with all pledges $35 or over.

Two sets 8 prints of the other 16 images are offered:

Farmer, Bradman, Coventry, Darcy, Bannerman, Pratt, Spofforth, Bunton
Farmer, Bradman, Coventry, Darcy, Bannerman, Pratt, Spofforth, Bunton
Cazaly, Blackham, Richardson, Worrall, Dyer, Nicholls, Collier, Trumper
Cazaly, Blackham, Richardson, Worrall, Dyer, Nicholls, Collier, Trumper

Updated 5/29

Why Kickstarter?

Kickstarter allows a project to grow more organically than with traditional funding - response, feedback and things like stretch goals take it in directions that it might not have headed in a traditional manner. Therefore, the choice was obvious.


What the money will be used for:

Once funds are released they will be used for covering the cost of printing, both the cards and the rewards and the Amazon/Kickstarter processing fees.


 

Risks and challenges

The artwork is 96 percent complete, aside from colour, contrast, brightness correction, correcting eye and hair colour, and minor details of that nature. There is always some frustration from dealing with a commercial printer, but once the funds are realeased, essentially all there is to do is click a few buttons to send printing orders off. Producing more than 200 hand drawn sketchcards within a month can be a challenge, but I've been doing this sort of thing for over a decade now, and shipped to every continent except Antarctica. (For some reason they don't like my work there.)

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    GROUNDSMAN!
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    WICKET KEEPER!

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    16 card base set of The Sportsmen of Oz, one sketch card, 4x6 inch postcard featuring all 16 images from the Sportsmen of Oz set, and the PDF thank you card that commends you for a game "well played, sir."

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    BROWNLOW FINALIST!
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    GRAND FINALIST! Eight 8x10 prints from print set B, Eight 8x10 prints from print set A, 8x10 inch Don Bradman print, 16 card base set of The Sportsmen of Oz, one sketch card, 4x6 inch postcard featuring all 16 images from the Sportsmen of Oz set, and the PDF thank you card that commends you for a game "well played, sir."

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    PREMIERSHIP! One piece of original card art, eight 8x10 prints from print set B, eight 8x10 prints from print set A, 8x10 inch Don Bradman print, 16 card base set of The Sportsmen of Oz, one sketch card, 4x6 inch postcard featuring all 16 images from the Sportsmen of Oz set, and the PDF thank you card that commends you for a game "well played, sir."

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    RUCKMAN! Eight 8x10 prints from print set A, 8x10 inch Don Bradman print, Ten (10) sets of the16 card base set of The Sportsmen of Oz WITH KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE CARDS and one sketch card per pack, Ten (10) Roy Cazlay Promo cards, 4x6 inch postcard featuring all 16 images from the Sportsmen of Oz set, and the PDF thank you card that commends you for a game "well played, sir!"

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    LORD OF THE OVAL! One original colour card commission of the Footy Player, Cricketer or Australian athlete of your choice, with six colour copies and one 8x10 print, TWO (2) pieces of original card art, eight 8x10 prints from print set B, eight 8x10 prints from print set A, 8x10 inch Don Bradman print, 16 card base set of The Sporstmen of Oz, one sketch card, 4x6 inch postcard featuring all 16 images from the Sportsmen of Oz set, and the PDF thank you card that commends you for a game "well played, sir!"

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