The 100 Greatest Baseball Autographsby Tom Zappala and Ellen Zappala
with John Molori and Steve Grad
Foreword and contributions by Joe Orlando
Winner of 2016 Benjamin Franklin Gold Award!
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, 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?
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. These are the autographs any collector would love to have. The book starts out with the absolute pinnacle of this grouping, “The Most Wanted List,” showcasing the twenty most desirable autographs in the hobby.
About the Authors
Tom Zappala is a Boston area businessman and talk radio host who is passionate about our National Pastime. Co-author of The T206 Collection: The Players & Their Stories and The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players, Zappala recently authored Bless Me Sister, a humorous book about attending an Italian parochial school. He enjoys collecting vintage memorabilia for the love of the sport.
Ellen Zappala is president of ATS Communications, a marketing and consulting company, and a former newspaper publisher. Co-author of The T206 Collection: The Players & Their Stories, The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players, and Nardo: Memoirs of a Boxing Champion, Zappala enjoys bringing the stories of Deadball Era and Golden Age players to life.
“As a baseball history buff, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The Zappalas offer intriguing insight into the lives and careers of each player on this rarified list. With the inclusion of players like Honus Wagner, Ted Williams, and Derek Jeter, this fun but informative read brings us from the beginning of our National Pastime to the present day. Beautifully illustrated with historical images and original art, this book is a keeper. Well done.”
Hardcover, $30.00, 224 pp. hundreds of color illus., 9x12"
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