Baseball & Bubblegum

The 1952 Topps Collection

by Tom Zappala and Ellen Zappala
with John Molori

Foreward and Contributions by Joe Orlando

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A Must-Read Book For Collectors and Baseball Fans

Baseball & Bubble Gum: The 1952 Topps Collection details the most iconic postwar baseball set in hobby history. With the end of World War II, the advent of television, and an explosion of love for our National Pastime, the players making up this historic collection became bigger than life. Mantle, Berra, Robinson, and Spahn are just a few of the stars who helped Americans forget the ravages of war and who opened the door to Major League Baseball’s desegregation that was closed for so many years.

NOW AVAILABLE!

A Must-Read Book For Collectors and Baseball Fans

Baseball & Bubble Gum: The 1952 Topps Collection details the most iconic postwar baseball set in hobby history. With the end of World War II, the advent of television, and an explosion of love for our National Pastime, the players making up this historic collection became bigger than life. Mantle, Berra, Robinson, and Spahn are just a few of the stars who helped Americans forget the ravages of war and who opened the door to Major League Baseball’s desegregation that was closed for so many years.

NOW AVAILABLE!

A Peek Inside The Book

The player narratives in this book give you a glimpse of what life was like for these athletes during and after World War II. Many of these men fought overseas, and some of them were even Purple Heart recipients. All of the 407 cards in the set are presented in full color along with a narrative about the player and their stats. Organized in chapters by the Hall of Famers, the Commons, and the Uncommons, it’s interesting to see that the love of baseball was the common thread between players like Hall of Famer Duke Snider; an uncommon player like Bobby Shantz, who, although not in Cooperstown, had a wonderful career; and a typical common player like Jim Busby, who played day in and day out without any fanfare.

The last chapter of the book discusses the great appeal of the 1952 Topps set; how the collection was developed; the nuances of particular cards, along with their scarcity, popularity, and in some cases, the card value. This set became the template for card collecting, and it is still going strong after 68 years. Kids and adults have been trading and collecting their favorite players for years. Today, collecting has become a big business, but when all is said and done, we are all still kids who love those little cardboard pieces of art. This book is a fun read for baseball lovers, card collectors, and baseball historians. Grab yourself some bubble gum, sit back, and enjoy the journey into the decade of “The Whiz Kids,” “Dem Bums,” and “The Bronx Bombers.”

A Peek Inside The Book

The player narratives in this book give you a glimpse of what life was like for these athletes during and after World War II. Many of these men fought overseas, and some of them were even Purple Heart recipients. All of the 407 cards in the set are presented in full color along with a narrative about the player and their stats. Organized in chapters by the Hall of Famers, the Commons, and the Uncommons, it’s interesting to see that the love of baseball was the common thread between players like Hall of Famer Duke Snider; an uncommon player like Bobby Shantz, who, although not in Cooperstown, had a wonderful career; and a typical common player like Jim Busby, who played day in and day out without any fanfare.

The last chapter of the book discusses the great appeal of the 1952 Topps set; how the collection was developed; the nuances of particular cards, along with their scarcity, popularity, and in some cases, the card value. This set became the template for card collecting, and it is still going strong after 68 years. Kids and adults have been trading and collecting their favorite players for years. Today, collecting has become a big business, but when all is said and done, we are all still kids who love those little cardboard pieces of art. This book is a fun read for baseball lovers, card collectors, and baseball historians. Grab yourself some bubble gum, sit back, and enjoy the journey into the decade of “The Whiz Kids,” “Dem Bums,” and “The Bronx Bombers.”

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 T206 Collection: The Players & Their Stories, The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players, The 100 Greatest Baseball Autographs, Legendary Lumber: The Top 100 Player Bats in Baseball History, An All-Star’s Cardboard Memories, and Baseball & Bubble Gum: The 1952 Topps Collection. In addition to co-hosting a popular Boston area radio talk show, Zappala co-hosts The Great American Collectibles Show with Red Sox Hall of Famer Rico Petrocelli, 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 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 T206 Collection: The Players & Their Stories, The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players, The 100 Greatest Baseball Autographs, Legendary Lumber: The Top 100 Player Bats in Baseball History, An All-Star’s Cardboard Memories, and Baseball & Bubble Gum: The 1952 Topps Collection, Zappala also worked with former welterweight boxing champ and Boxing Hall of Famer Tony DeMarco on his autobiography Nardo: Memoirs of a Boxing Champion. Zappala was publisher of a group of weekly 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 the president and CEO of Collectors Universe, Inc., the parent company of Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA), the largest trading card and sports memorabilia authentication service in the hobby. Prior to taking on his new role, Orlando acted as the PSA president for 16 years. 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. Amongst other book projects, he authored Collecting Sports Legends, and he was the lead author of the award-winning Legendary Lumber: The Top 100 Player Bats in Baseball History. Orlando contributed to The T206 Collection: The Players & Their Stories, The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players, The 100 Greatest Baseball Autographs, An All-Star’s Cardboard Memories, and Baseball & Bubble Gum: The 1952 Topps Collection. As a hobby expert, Orlando has appeared as a featured guest on numerous radio and television programs, including ESPN’s Outside the Lines, HBO’s Real Sports, and the Fox Business Network.

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