Cracker Jack Collection Finalist for Major Book Publishing Award

The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players has been named one of only three finalists in the sports category of the Independent Book Publishers Association 2014 Benjamin Franklin Awards.

The IBPA annually recognizes excellence in book editorial and design with their awards, which include 55 categories andare regarded as one of the highest national honors for independent publishers.

The Cracker Jack Collection coverA single 2014 Benjamin Franklin Gold Award winner in the Sports category will be announced during a ceremony to be held May 28 at the New York University Kimmel Center’s Rosenthal Pavilion in New York City.

The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players focuses on the lives of the players featured on baseball cards used as prizes in Cracker Jack boxes in 1914 and 1915.

1915 Cracker Jack Joe JacksonThe colorful coffee table book celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Cracker Jack sets and is filled with original images of the cards, Cracker Jack prizes, and baseball memorabilia from the era. The player stories included in the book give a glimpse into the lives of the men who shaped baseball during the era.

Written by Tom and Ellen Zappala, with contributions by Joe Orlando, John Molori, and Jim Davis, The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players not only details the personal and professional lives of the players that make up the historic Cracker Jack Collection, but also discusses the history of the Cracker Jack product and its close connection to baseball.

The Zappalas also authored the award-winning The T206 Collection: The Players & Their Stories as well as Nardo: Memoirs of a Boxing Champion (the autobiography of former Welterweight Champion Tony DeMarco).  You can purchase the books here.