2012 Australian Legends of Football

In 2012, the Australia Post Australian Legends Award celebrates the four codes of football played in Australia – Australian rules, football (soccer), rugby union and rugby league. Eight of Australia’s greatest footballers have been honoured, with one “all-time legend” and one current “playing legend” representing each code. Ron Barassi AM and Gary Ablett Junior are celebrated as the Legends of Australian rules football; John Raper MBE and Billy Slater head the field in rugby league; David Campese AM and David Pocock are named the giants of rugby union; and Joe Marston MBE and Mark Schwarzer OAM are recognised for their stellar careers in football (soccer).

The 2012 Australia Post Australian Legends were chosen because they have each made a remarkable contribution to Australian sporting culture, playing a vital role in shaping Australia as a great sporting nation.

Date of Issue: 20 January 2012. From Australia Post Media release.

Ron Barassi–all-time Australian rules Legend

Ron Barassi AM played or coached a remarkable 17 grand finals for 10 wins in a career that began in 1953. As a ruck rover (midfielder), Ron played until 1969, during which time he competed in 254 games and scored 330 goals. As a coach, he presided over more than 500 games.

In his 12 years with the Melbourne Football Club until 1964, the team reached the finals 11 times and won six premierships. Lured to Carlton as a captain coach, Ron led the Blues to its first premiership in 21 years in 1968. Having retired from playing in 1969, Ron coached the Blues to a famous victory against Collingwood in 1970 – a match that revolutionised the game.

In 1973, Ron took up the coaching challenge with North Melbourne, before returning to his beloved Demons in 1981. Ron’s final stint of coaching took him to NSW in 1993, where he spent three seasons with the Sydney Swans.

Ron was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1978 in recognition of his service to the sport of Australian rules football. He became one of only two Legends in the AFL Hall of Fame in 1996, after becoming a life member of the AFL in 1979 for his contribution to football as a player and as a coach. Inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1987, he was elevated to Legend in 2006. He is a Legend and life member of the Melbourne, Carlton, North Melbourne and Sydney Swans football clubs, and in 1996 was selected in the AFL “Team of the Century”. He was named Victorian of the Year in 2009

From Australia Post Media release

Both gummed and Peel & Stick stamps were issued. The Peel & Stick stamps came in booklets of ten 60c stamps and cheque books of twenty books of ten Stamps.

Australia Post only produced a FDC for the gummed stamps including all the legends. Individual FDCs were produced privately.

WCS also produced FBC for all the booklets, including Barassi.

Australia Post also produced a book called “The Top of their game”.

It contained a page with a set of four stamps for each footballer. When removed they were a minisheet, Also on show is the maxi card.

Gary Ablett –current-playing Australian rules Legend

Gary Ablett Junior was drafted to Geelong on the father–son rule and played as a forward early in his career, before becoming a midfielder. He played with Geelong from 2002 to 2010 and was instrumental in helping the team capture two premierships in three years, before joining the Gold Coast in 2011 as captain.

This elite midfielder has collected many of the code’s highest individual accolades, including the Brownlow Medal for best and fairest and the Leigh Matthews Trophy as the AFL Players Association’s most valuable player, which he has received a record three times. Gary has also been selected to five All-Australian sides, once as vice-captain and, in 2011, as captain. He is a dual premiership player and has three times won the AFL Coaches Association Champion Player of the Year. His several media awards include the Australian Football Media Association’s player of the year award.

From Australia Post Media release

Both gummed and Peel & Stick stamps were issued. The Peel & Stick stamps came in booklets of ten 60c stamps and cheque books of twenty books of ten Stamps.

Australia Post only produced a FDC for the gummed stamps including all the legends. Individual FDCs were produced privately.

WCS also produced FBC for all the booklets, including Ablett.

Australia Post also produced a book called “The Top of their game”.

It contained a page with a set of four stamps for each footballer. When removed they were a minisheet, Also on show is the maxi card.

Barassi and Ablett

FDCs of both players in gummed and P&S.

The stamp sheets are in lots of fifty with twenty five of each player. There was no special design on the gutter strip

Gutter Strip

The complete issue

Book -The top of their game
Commemorative Portraits

The six non AFL maximum cards.