An All-Star’s
Cardboard Memories

by Tom Zappala
Ellen Zappala
Joe Orlando
with Rico Petrocelli

Foreward by Dr. Jim Lonborg

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A Must-Read Book For Collectors and Baseball Fans

An All-Star’s Cardboard Memories details the personalities, playing styles, and baseball trading cards of 56 Hall of Famers that played from the mid-1960s into the late-1990s.

Red Sox Hall of Famer, Rico Petrocelli, had the opportunity to play with or against all of these superstar players at some point during his great Red Sox career. Rico talks about his relationships with some of these greats and what their personalities were like, as well as how they played the game. From Clemente’s uncanny ability to hit to all fields effortlessly, to the effective motion of Hall of Fame knuckleballer Wilhelm, to the unbelievable bat control of Carew, Rico shares his views and opinions on the personalities and talent of some fabulous Golden Era players and the greats that played into the 1990s.

First Edition, Just Arrived & Now Shipping!

A Must-Read Book For Collectors and Baseball Fans

An All-Star’s Cardboard Memories details the personalities, playing styles, and baseball trading cards of 56 Hall of Famers that played from the mid-1960s into the late-1990s.

Red Sox Hall of Famer, Rico Petrocelli, had the opportunity to play with or against all of these superstar players at some point during his great Red Sox career. Rico talks about his relationships with some of these greats and what their personalities were like, as well as how they played the game. From Clemente’s uncanny ability to hit to all fields effortlessly, to the effective motion of Hall of Fame knuckleballer Wilhelm, to the unbelievable bat control of Carew, Rico shares his views and opinions on the personalities and talent of some fabulous Golden Era players and the greats that played into the 1990s.

Peter E. Randall Publisher is pleased to announce the August 2018 release of An All-Star’s Cardboard Memories. A collaborative effort by authors Tom and Ellen Zappala, Collectors Universe CEO, Joe Orlando, and Red Sox Hall of Famer, Rico Petrocelli, the book will be released at the 2018 National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

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A Peek Inside The Book

Besides Rico’s unique perspective on the players, card and collectibles expert Joe Orlando, CEO of Collector’s Universe, Inc and president of Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA), educates us on every aspect of the baseball cards that accompany these Hall of Famers. Joe discusses the various card issues of each player as well as their rarity and popularity. What are the most sought-after cards? Which cards are the most elusive? Are there any diamonds in the rough??

The Hall of Famers in this book span one of the greatest periods in baseball history. When Rico broke into the major leagues, Golden Era greats like Mantle, Berra, Koufax, Roberts, Mazeroski, and Drysdale still dominated the Major League Baseball landscape. Over the next 13 years, Rico shared the diamond with the next generation of players that became superstars—greats like Brett, Fisk, Yount, Gossage, and Eckersley, just to name a few who dominated the game.

We hope that you enjoy this fascinating trip through a significant period of our National Pastime. Sit back and enjoy An All-Star’s Cardboard Memories.

A Peek Inside The Book

Besides Rico’s unique perspective on the players, card and collectibles expert Joe Orlando, CEO of Collector’s Universe, Inc and president of Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA), educates us on every aspect of the baseball cards that accompany these Hall of Famers. Joe discusses the various card issues of each player as well as their rarity and popularity. What are the most sought-after cards? Which cards are the most elusive? Are there any diamonds in the rough??

The Hall of Famers in this book span one of the greatest periods in baseball history. When Rico broke into the major leagues, Golden Era greats like Mantle, Berra, Koufax, Roberts, Mazeroski, and Drysdale still dominated the Major League Baseball landscape. Over the next 13 years, Rico shared the diamond with the next generation of players that became superstars—greats like Brett, Fisk, Yount, Gossage, and Eckersley, just to name a few who dominated the game.

We hope that you enjoy this fascinating trip through a significant period of our National Pastime. Sit back and enjoy An All-Star’s Cardboard Memories.

About The Authors

Tom Zappala

Tom Zappala

Author

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

Ellen Zappala

Author

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

Joe Orlando

Author

Joe Orlando is CEO of Collectors Universe, Inc. and president of Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA), 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, 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 (2002) and Collecting Sports Legends (2008), and he contributed to the award-winning The T206 Collection: The Players & Their Stories (2010), The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players (2013) and The 100 Greatest Baseball Autographs (2016). As a hobby expert, Orlando has appeared as featured guest on numerous radio and television programs, including ESPN’s Outside the Lines, HBO’s Real Sports, and on the Fox Business Network.

Rico Petrocelli

Rico Petrocelli

Contributor

A sports icon in Boston, Petrocelli defined the position of a “power-hitting” shortstop in his 13 years with the Red Sox. In 1969 he was the first shortstop to hit 40 home runs in a season, a record that stood until broken by Alex Rodriguez in 1998. Petrocelli has worked as manager, coach and TV analyst for the Pawtucket Red Sox and as a radio/television analyst for the Boston Red Sox and the Seattle Mariners as well as hosting a weekly sports talk show on Boston’s 1510AM “The Zone.” In addition to co-hosting The Great American Collectibles Show, Petrocelli co-hosts the popular Sirius MLB Radio show Remember When with Ed Randall of New York’s WFAN.

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