Legendary Lumber: The Top 100 Player Bats in Baseball Historyby Joe Orlando, with Tom Zappala and Ellen Zappala
Legendary Lumber: The Top 100 Player Bats in Baseball History showcases the most desirable professional model bats in the history of our National Pastime while detailing the story behind the professional and personal lives of the men who became famous for swinging the lumber.
For each player featured in the book, you will find both a narrative highlighting a significant offensive accomplishment, as well as the story about the bat itself. Learn about the interesting characteristics of each gamer along with specific player ordering habits, the distinct bat preparation, and the relative scarcity of the gamers featured. These bat stories are brought to life with brilliant images and information, and along with the narratives of the players, make for a fascinating and fun read.
Selected by highly regarded experts using criteria including historical importance, rarity, popularity of the player and bat, visual appeal, market value, and more, this book features the most sought-after bats in the hobby. These are the prized gamers any collector would love to have. The absolute pinnacle of this grouping is featured in chapter 3, “The Top 25,” which showcases the 25 most desirable professional model bats in the hobby. You will also find a brief history of the baseball bat, and tips about collecting professional model bats. The players selected for this book represent a cross section of baseball history, from the early days to the present—Nap Lajoie, Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente, Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, and the ultra-popular stars of the post-1980 period such as Cal Ripken, Jr., and Derek Jeter.
About the Authors
Joe Orlando is president of Professional Sports Authenticator and PSA/DNA Authentication Services, the largest trading card and sports memorabilia authentication service in the hobby. Editor of the nationally distributed Sports Market Report (SMR), and an advanced collector, Orlando authored The Top 200 Sportscards in the Hobby and Collecting Sports Legends, and contributed to The T206 Collection: The Players & Their Stories, The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players, and The 100 Greatest Baseball Autographs.
Tom Zappala, a businessman in the greater Boston area, is passionate about maintaining the traditions and historical significance of our National Pastime. He co-authored The T206 Collection: The Players & Their Stories, The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players, and The 100 Greatest Baseball Autographs. In addition to his popular Boston area radio talk show, Zappala co-hosts The Great American Collectibles Show, which airs nationally every week. He enjoys collecting vintage memorabilia for the love of the sport.
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, and Nardo: Memoirs of a Boxing Champion, Zappala is a former newspaper publisher and a former president of the New England Press Association. She enjoys bringing the stories of Deadball Era and Golden Age players to life.
Ordering InformationHardcover, $30.00, 240 pgs, 9.5”x11.5”, full color illustrations
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