The second edition of The T206 Collection: The Players and Their Stories was recently awarded a gold medal at the 31st annual Independent Book Plublishers Association Benjamin Franklin Awards in Chicago.
Originally published in 2010, the book’s second edition includes new photos of some of the hobby’s top T206 cards and additional content.
Authors Tom and Ellen Zappala collected biographies and statistics of the players featured on the cards for the book. Reprints of the cards were originally used in the first edition but the new edition includes hundreds of pictures showcasing some high quality original cards featuring the players who comprise the 524-card set.
The second edition is a 256-page hardcover that offers a new chapter featuring the “Lucky 7 Find” of rare Ty Cobb “King Of The Smoking Tobacco World” cards as originally told by Collectors Universe President Joe Orlando and another chapter focused on the various T206 backs.
“The second edition was made to offer a more complete product for the reader,” stated Derek Hogue of the T206 Society, who also contributed to the production of the second edition. “While the first edition was an absolute favorite of mine it was an important goal to remove all reproduction images and offer readers only genuine and spectacular T206. Further, to expand upon the backs of the set was important as well. The spectacular Ty Cobb Lucky 7 Find felt very natural to include as it remains such a profound discovery. Another important task was correcting all biographical and statistical information in the book which was done by SABR.”
While many high-grade and rare T206 cards may be out of the reach of average collectors, the new edition provides the opportunity to at least see them all in one place.
“When all was said and done we had over 1,000 lovely T206 to work with,” Hogue recalled. “This was made possible by giants in the hobby such as PSA, Memory Lane Inc., Robert Edward Auctions and individuals such as Brady Hill and Jon Canfield. Further, we did include some of the T206 Society Starting 9 for the ninth chapter of the book which focuses on the backs of the cards. These contributions offered me an embarrassment of riches in terms of the quality that was available throughout the entire set.”
The new edition of he T206 Collection: The Players and Their Stories is available on Amazon.com.