The T206 Collection: The Players & Their Stories

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Peter E. Randall Publisher, 2010 - Antiques & Collectibles - 203 pages
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"The T206 Collection. The Playes & Their Stories neatly recounts the human stories---often triumphant and sometimes tragic---of the ballplayers immortalized in the Tobacco Trust's famous `whire border' ser. In so doing, it enriches the experience of the card collector and entertains the sports fan."---Scot Reader, author of Inside T206: A Collector's Guide to theClassic Baseball Card Set

"The legendary T206 set comes to life in this brilliant book. The stories of these men, especially those who toiled in obscurity in the minors are especially compelling and achieve a measure of immortality in these pages."---Richard Johnson, Curator, The Sports Museum, Boston, MA

"Baseball fans will spend hours absorbed in this book, appreciating the artistry of the cards, as well as poring over the history of each player. The book is a grand slam. Long live Dolly Stark, Jack Bastian and all of the other long forgotten Texas Leaguers you are bringing back to life.---Tom Kayser, president, Texas AA. League

You had the passion to see This book through, and now it's a reality. I personally learned a great deal about that era of baseball from our meetings. This book makes that same information available to all fans of the game. It was enjoyable."---Rico Pettocelli, member Red Sox Hall of Fame and All Star Star shortstop

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.

Take a look into their lives and see for yourself that ballplayers like Lena Blackburne and Gabby Street made contributions to the game in many ways that could never be measured in batting averages or won-lost records. They did, however, help shape our greatest American sport.

Interestingly enough, you will see that even these players from so long ago had similar problems as some of today's major leaguers. Contract disputes, substance abuse, and inflated egos sometimes got in the way of greatness---not for all, but for some.

This book is a great read for anyone who loves baseball, not just the collector. Enjoy your look at this snapshot in time!

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About the author (2010)

Tom Zappala is a businessman in the Greater Boston area who has a passion for anything related to baseball history. He has had a particular interest in the T206 collection for about 20 years, focusing on player profiles and backgrounds, and enjoys the hunt for new and exciting information on the lesser-known players. He is also the cohost of a popular talk radio show broadcast in northern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. He loves his wife, his four great kids, and his Red Sox. Those things, along with a Grey Goose martini and two baseball-size olives, make life great.
Ellen Zappala is president of ATS Communications, a multimedia marketing and consulting company. She was publisher of a group of six newspapers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire for many years, and also served as president of the New England Press Association. She has developed a fond affection for the players that are featured in this wonderful collection, especially for those that overcame great odds to make it to the big leagues.
Joe Orlando is president of Professional Sports Authenticator md PSA/DNA Authentication Services and editor of Sports Market Report. An advanced collector of sportscards and memorabilia, Orlando is the author of The Top 200 Sports cards in the Hobby and Collecting Sports Legends. He has appeared on several radio and television programs as a hobby expert, including ESPN's Outside the Lines and HBO's Real Sports.
Lou Blasi has been a talk radio Host in the Greater Boston area for the last 12 years, and is the senior analyst for Insiderbaseball.com with credits on MLB.com, ESPN Radio and the Chicago Sports Review. Blasi was program director for an all sports radio station in southern Florida broadcasting the Florida Marlins, Miami Dolphins, and Orlando Magic. He is also a minor league talent evaluator.

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