by Tom Zappala & Ellen Zappala
with John Molori & Steve Grad
Forward & Contributions by Joe Orlando
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. The players selected for this book represent a cross section of baseball history, from the very early years to the present.
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 T206 Collection: The Players & Their Stories and The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players, and recently authored Bless Me Sister, a humorous book about attending an Italian parochial school. Zappala co-hosts a popular talk radio show and 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, 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.Click on the cover for info on other books by the authors