Merchandise and Memorabilia
Members and supporters of Australian Baseball Alumni will be able to access benefits related to merchandise and memorabilia.
Members and supporters are invited to engage in bidding for desirable items of memorabilia supplied in large part by our Major League players and their connections. Such items will invariably be in high demand and of significant value to collectors and to other persons.
Purchase of such items will help enable Australian Baseball Alumni to honour one of its principal objectives - to help defray costs, where we are able, for national representatives and to help provide funding support for specified junior and development programmes.
As a not-for-profit organisation that is fully accountable to the national governing body and to our own membership, Australian Baseball Alumni can provide an iron-clad warranty that any profits generated through its activities will be fully and transparently directed towards projects deemed desirable for the promotion and betterment of Australian baseball.
Alumni Auction 3: December 2014
After the successful online auction of a Graeme Lloyd signed Old Timers jersey and an Australian Under 21 team bat, Australian Baseball Alumni calls for bidding on a signed CRAIG SHIPLEY JERSEY FROM THE 2006 WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC, a highly desirable item given Craig's stellar career in professional baseball and his recent appointment as overseer of all Australian national teams.
See below for details on the item.
The auction is offered by Australian Baseball Alumni, which will direct funds to a specified project at the discretion of its Committee of Management.
The auction opened on 14 December and will run until Sunday 21 December. The eBay link is as follows:
CRAIG SHIPLEY JERSEY FROM 2006 WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC (see below)
CRAIG SHIPLEY is a pioneer of Australian baseball.
His career boasts a number of firsts, all of which helped pave the way for the game that we know here in Australia these days. The first player from Australia to play Major League Baseball in the modern era, Craig's playing career spanned more than a decade.
After his playing career ended, Craig entered the coaching ranks and then the front office. He was an integral part of the building of the Boston Red Sox, who broke an 86-year hoodoo when they won the 2004 World Series title. Boston also won the 2007 World Series with Craig in the front office.
Craig wore this 2006 World Baseball Classic jersey (image below) as he coached for Australia in the inaugural classic.
Craig will sign the jersey and all proceeds will be directed to a developmental cause at the discretion of our Committee of Management.
Advance notice (below) is given of further online auction(s) to be held prior to or shortly after Christmas (details to be confirmed).
RICH THOMPSON ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE JERSEY (see below).
RICH THOMPSON was originally signed as a free agent with the Anaheim Angels in 2002.
He spent five years in the minor leagues before making his big league debut with the Angels in September of 2007.
The Sydney native was a member of the 2004 Australian National Team that won silver at the Athens games.
In the year prior to his MLB debut he spent a season in the Arizona Fall League. The AFL is set up for MLB’s top prospects to play in game situations in front of front office staff and scouts from all MLB clubs. Many AFL graduates have gone on to have distinguished MLB careers.
Rich has kindly offered to donate his AFL jersey (image below) signed for the purpose of raising money for Australian Baseball Alumni as it directs funds to a developmental cause at the discretion of our committee of management.