Legendary Essendon footballer Alec Epis has had his image immortalised on a limited edition postage stamp.
Attending a Premiership Players Club function last Thursday night at the Windy Hill Social Club, along with 200 premiership players, Epis was among a select few to be commemorated in the Eighteenth Annual Issue.
Others featured on the stamps included Kevin Walsh (Essendon), Anthony Koutoufides (Carlton), Ron Branton (Richmond), Glen Manton (Carlton) and Craig Russell (Collingwood).
Epis, who has a vineyard in Woodend, plans to send a stamp on an envelope to his relatives in Bergamo, northern Italy, where he's already thought to be a celebrity.
"They'll just be blown away!" he laughed.
"It was unexpected. People say with my ego it shouldn't have been unexpected but I haven't got an ego really!"
Epis, a premiership player with Essendon in 1962 and 1965 (and a member of losing grand final teams in 1959 and 1968), said it was a great night with close attention paid to each recipient as they spoke about their backgrounds.
"Don Scott, who was a very vigorous Hawthorn player who did get into some skirmishes with Essendon players, spoke about his great love of the Essendon Football Club and Bluey Shelton," Epis said.
"He used to wear Bluey's number, number 10, when he was a kid, and in his younger days he used to come and live with his Nan who lived in Essendon, and coming back to Windy Hill just brought back so many fantastic memories for him.
"I spoke about how it was at school at the Marist Brothers College in Western Australia, New Norcia, that I started playing sports ... and I was good at all of them!
"It was a great night."
The stamps will be released after Christmas and will be available from the premiership club.