Book of the Week #33

The T206 Collection: The Players and Their Stories, 100th Anniversary Commemorative Edition by Tom Zappala, Ellen Zappala, with Lou Blasi (Portsmouth, NH: Peter E. Randall Publisher, 2010)

"The T206 Collection: The Players & Their Stories is a tribute
to the men featured in the greatest baseball card collection that has ever existed. This book is for baseball fans, hobbyists, and history buffs. The brief biographical narratives along with the personal and professional statistics of each player offer you a peek into the developing world of baseball during the early part of the 20th century. The stories of the amazing array of T206 players from all walks of life with dramatically different skill levels will give you a real sense of how our national pastime was shaped by the events and players of that era. The last chapter discusses the value and grading system of this storied collection and brings the reader full circle. You will learn how a card like Kitty Bransfield’s with the Sweet Caporal back is graded and valued. In addition, elsewhere in the book, you will learn about the “Bransfield Curse” and what it meant to Pittsburgh Pirates fans. This commemorative edition celebrates the 100th anniversary of the very special T206 collection. Along with the 38 Hall of Famers that make up this set, there are another 353 players who contributed to the evolution of the great game of baseball." (from publisher's
The authors will be at events in New Hampshire in the next few months -- including this weekend.
  • Saturday, August 21, 2010 - Tom and Ellen will be signing copies of The T206 Collection - The Players & Their Stories at The Well Read Book Store in Plaistow from 11am to 2pm
  • Saturday, November 13, 2010 signing at Barnes & Noble, Nashua from 2 to 4 pm.

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