The 100 Greatest
Baseball Collectors Book
by Tom Zappala and Ellen Zappala
with John Molori and Steve Grad
Forward and Contributions by Joe Orlando
What The Critics Are Saying
If You Like Baseball You Will Love This Book
The 100 Greatest Baseball Autographs showcases the most desirable signatures in the history of our National Pastime while detailing the story behind the professional and personal lives of the men who signed their names on the sweet spot. You will find a complete overview of each featured player in this baseball collectors book, including individual autograph analysis along with the story of the man behind the autograph.
PSA/DNA experts educate the reader in the specific characteristics of each of these special signatures and what to look for when hunting for the real deal. How many Mickey Mantle autographs were actually signed by clubhouse attendants? Why are there so few Joe Jackson signatures? Did Ted Williams water down the value of his own autograph by listening to his son?
Ben Franklin Award Winner, Gold Medal, 2017
Inside The Book
Selected by highly regarded autograph experts using criteria including rarity, historical importance, and popularity, The 100 Greatest Baseball Autographs features the most sought-after signatures in the hobby. The players selected for this book represent a cross section of baseball history, from the very early years to the present.
This beautiful coffee table format publication is illustrated with original autograph images on a variety of mediums along with corresponding player images to give a visual look at the player who signed that very desirable autograph. In some cases the player images appear on a period photo or baseball card, but in many cases the player images are original works by renowned sports artist Arthur K. Miller.
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.
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