The latest in a series of coffee table-type books focused on baseball cards and sports memorabilia will launch during this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The 100 Greatest Baseball Autographs is the third volume in the set of award-winning publications authored by Tom and Ellen Zappala. It follows The T206 Collection: The Players & Their Stories and The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players.
The Zappalas will be at the Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA) booth at the convention on Friday August 5 and Saturday August 6 to sign copies of the book which showcases the most desirable signatures in baseball history while detailing the story behind the professional and personal lives of the men who signed their names on the sweet spot.
They collaborated with writer John Molori and PSA/DNA’s Joe Orlando and Steve Grad on the latest publication.
Selected by autograph experts using criteria including rarity, historical importance, and popularity, the autographs chosen for the “Top 100” are the most sought-after signatures in the hobby. The book begins with “The Most Wanted List,” showcasing the twenty most desirable autographs in the hobby.
According to the publisher, the players included in the book represent a cross-section of baseball history. The 100 Greatest Baseball Autographs offers a complete overview of each featured player, including individual autograph analysis along with the story of the man behind the autograph. PSA/DNA experts offer insight on the specific characteristics of each of these special signatures and what to look for when hunting for the real deal.
The 100 Greatest Baseball Autographs is illustrated with original autograph images on a variety of mediums along with corresponding player images. In some cases they appear on a period photo or baseball card, but in many cases the player images are original works by renowned sports artist Arthur K. Miller.
More details and ordering information can be found here.