The T206 Collection – The Players & Their Stories (by Tom & Ellen Zappala) ***Signed by Tom & Ellen***

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PRODUCT:  Book (Hard Cover) – “The T206 Collection – The Players & Their Stories” (100th anniversary commemorative edition; first edition) ***Signed by Authors Tom & Ellen Zappala***

AUTHORS:  Tom & Ellen Zappala, with Lou Blasi (foreword and contributions from Joe Orlando)

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ABOUT THE BOOK

The T206 Collection: The Players & Their Stories is a tribute to the men featured in the greatest baseball card collection that has ever existed.

This book is for baseball fans, hobbyists, and history buffs. The brief biographical narratives along with the personal and professional statistics of each player offer you a peek into the developing world of baseball during the early part of the 20th century.

The stories of the amazing array of T206 players from all walks of life with dramatically different skill levels will give you a real sense of how our national pastime was shaped by the events and players of that era.

The last chapter discusses the value and grading system of this storied collection and brings the reader full circle. You will learn how a card like Kitty Bransfield’s with the Sweet Caporal back is graded and valued. In addition, elsewhere in the book, you will learn about the “Bransfield Curse” and what it meant to Pittsburgh Pirates fans.

This commemorative edition celebrates the 100th anniversary of the very special T206 collection. Along with the 38 Hall of Famers that make up this set, there are another 353 players who contributed to the evolution of the great game of baseball.

Take a look into their lives and see for yourself that ballplayers like Lena Blackburne and Gabby Street made contributions to the game in many ways that could never be measured in batting averages or won–lost records. They did, however, help shape our greatest American sport.

Interestingly enough, you will see that even these players from so long ago had similar problems as some of today’s major leaguers. Contract disputes, substance abuse, and inflated egos sometimes got in the way of greatness—not for all, but for some.

This book is a great read for anyone who loves baseball, not just the collector. Enjoy your look at this snapshot in time!

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Tom Zappala is a businessman in the greater Boston area who is passionate about maintaining the traditions and historical significance of our National Pastime. He is co-author of the award-winning books The T206 Collection: The Players & Their Stories, The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players, and The 100 Greatest Baseball Autographs. In addition to co-hosting a popular Boston area radio talk show, Zappala co-hosts The Great American Collectibles Show which airs nationally every week. As co-owner of ATS Communications, a multimedia and consulting company, he handles publicity and personal appearances for several authors and a variety of artists in the entertainment field. He enjoys collecting vintage baseball and boxing memorabilia using the simple philosophy of collecting for the love of the sport. Proud of his Italian heritage, Zappala recently authored Bless Me Sister, a humorous book about his experience attending an Italian parochial school.

Ellen Zappala is president of ATS Communications, a multimedia marketing and consulting company. Co-author of the award-winning books The T206 Collection: The Players & Their Stories, The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players, and The 100 Greatest Baseball Autographs, Zappala also worked with former welterweight boxing champ Tony DeMarco on his autobiography Nardo: Memoirs of a Boxing Champion. Zappala was publisher of a group of six newspapers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire for many years and served as president of the New England Press Association. She works closely with various publishing companies on behalf other authors, and handles publicity in both print and electronic media. She especially enjoys bringing the stories of the Deadball Era and Golden Age players to life.

Joe Orlando is president of Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA) and PSA/DNA, the largest trading card and sports memorabilia authentication service in the hobby. Editor of the nationally-distributed Sports Market Report (SMR), a Juris Doctor, and an advanced collector of sport scards and memorabilia, Orlando has authored several collecting guides and dozens of articles for Collectors Universe, Inc. He is the author of The Top 200 Sportscards in the Hobby and Collecting Sports Legends, and contributed the foreword and last chapter to the award-winning The T206 Collection: The Players & Their Stories as well as The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players. As a hobby expert, Orlando has appeared as featured guest on numerous radio and television programs including ESPN’s Outside the Lines and HBO’s Real Sports.

Lou Blasi has been a talk radio host in the Greater Boston area for the last 12 years, and is the senior analyst for Insiderbaseball.com with credits on MLB.com, ESPN Radio and the Chicago Sports Review. Blasi was program director for an all sports radio station in southern Florida broadcasting the Florida Marlins, Miami Dolphins, and Orlando Magic. He is also a minor league talent evaluator.