The Cracker Jack Collection

Baseball’s Prized Players

Collectible Sports Book
by Tom Zappala and Ellen Zappala

with John Molori and Jim Davis
Foreword and Contributions by Joe Orlando

What The Critics Are Saying

100th Anniversary Commemorative Edition

This beautiful coffee table collectible sports book celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Cracker Jack Ball Player card set. It is filled with original images of the Ball Player cards, Cracker Jack prizes, and baseball memorabilia from the era.

The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players celebrates the 100th anniversary of one of the greatest baseball card collections in the world. The players included in this superb set range from some of the best in the game, like Eddie Collins, part of the famous $100,000 infield of the Philadelphia Athletics, to lesser-known players like Cuban-born Armando Marsans, a talented player who also made fine cigars!

Ben Franklin Award Winner, Silver Medal, 2014

Inside The Collectible Sports Book

The game of baseball was still evolving during this period and issues like player salaries, rule changes and the birth of the renegade Federal League all contributed to shaping our National Pastime. The player stories included in this book give a glimpse into the realities of life in the early 20th century, and provide a journey through one of the most exciting eras in baseball history. This book is a great read for anyone who loves baseball, not just the collector.

This beautiful hardcover coffee table format publication is filled with artistically rendered full-color photographs of baseball artifacts; a full-size, full-color image of every player card in the set; and images of antique Cracker Jack prizes and memorabilia. The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players not only details the personal and professional lives of the players that make up the historic Cracker Jack Collection, but also discusses the history of the Cracker Jack product and its close connection to baseball.

About The Authors

Tom Zappala

Tom Zappala


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


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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