• The Cracker Jack Collection Baseball's Prized Players
  • The Cracker Jack Collection Baseball's Prized Players
  • Baseballs Prized Players

AUTHORS & CONTRIBUTORS

The Cracker Jack Collection
Baseball's Prized Players

100th Anniversary Commemorative Edition


By Tom Zappala & Ellen Zappala
with John Molori & Jim Davis, Foreword and Contributions by Joe Orlando


Author Tom Zappala The Cracker Jack Collection Baseball's Prized Players

Tom Zappala

Tom 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 award-winning book The T206 Collection: The Players & Their Stories, and co-hosts a popular talk radio show broadcast in northern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. As co-owner of ATS Communications, a multimedia and consulting company, he handles publicity and personal appearances for several authors and a variety of artists in the entertainment field. He also enjoys collecting vintage baseball and boxing memorabilia, using the simple philosophy of collecting for the love of the sport. He loves spending time with his children and grandchildren, and enjoys a Grey Goose martini with two baseball-sized olives.


Author Ellen Zappala The Cracker Jack Collection Baseball's Prized Players

Ellen Zappala

Ellen is president of ATS Communications, a multimedia marketing and consulting company. Co-author of the award-winning book The T206 Collection: The Players & Their Stories and Nardo: Memoirs of a Boxing Champion, Zappala was publisher of a group of six newspapers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire for many years and served as president of the New England Press Association. She works closely with various publishing companies on behalf of other authors and handles publicity in both print and electronic media. She especially enjoys bringing the stories of the Deadball Era players to life.



Professional Sports Authenticator Joe Orlando

Joe Orlando

Joe is president of Professional Sports Authenticator and PSA/DNA, the largest trading card and sports memorabilia authentication service in the hobby. Editor of the nationally-distributed Sports Market Report (SMR), a Juris Doctor, and an advanced collector of sportscards and memorabilia, Orlando has authored several collecting guides and dozens of articles for Collectors Universe, Inc. He is the author of The Top 200 Sportscards in the Hobby and Collecting Sports Legends, and contributed the foreword and last chapter to the award-winning The T206 Collection: The Players and Their Stories. As a hobby expert, Orlando has appeared as featured guest on numerous radio and television programs including ESPN's Outside the Lines and HBO's Real Sports.



Boston Baseball Magazine, ESPNW.com, Patriots Football Weekly, and New England Golf Monthly John Malori

John Molori

John is a columnist for Boston Baseball Magazine, ESPNW.com, Patriots Football Weekly, and New England Golf Monthly. A former writer for Boston Metro, Providence Journal, Lowell Sun, and The Eagle-Tribune, his radio and television credits include ESPN, Sirius XM, Fox, Comcast, NESN, and NECN. He has lectured on sports media at Emerson College, Boston University, and Curry College, and has been honored with the New England Emmy Award, CableAce, Beacon Award, and the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters Award. He was inducted into the Methuen Athletic Hall of Fame for his contributions as a sports journalist, alongside former NL Cy Young award winner Steve Bedrosian.


Tony Dube - White Point Imaging in Windsor, Connecticut

Tony Dube

Tony is president of White Point Imaging in Windsor, Connecticut. One of the first to embrace digital photography, he has extensive knowledge of leading-edge equipment and techniques. His images depicted in The T206 Collection: The Players & Their Stories received critical acclaim for set design, styling and lighting. In addition to product and collectible photography, Dube works on lifestyle and model photography as well as non-professional subjects. He also enjoys coaching baseball, playing racquetball, inventing products, and working on his photographic series called "Collectographs™: The Art of Collecting."



Cracker Jack Collectors Association - Jim Davis

Jim Davis

Jim is a charter member of the Cracker Jack Collectors Association, and creator of The Cracker Jack Box website for Cracker Jack collecting. His Cracker Jack collection was featured on the Food Network's Top 5 episode on food premiums, and prizes from his collection have appeared on the NPR, Vintage Non-Sports Cards, and Chow websites. His articles have appeared in Collectors' Eye, the Charmed I'm Sure newsletter, Outlaw Biker Tattoo Review, and CJCA's The Prize Insider. A New Orleans resident, he coordinates the Louisiana Book Festival as Director of the Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana in Baton Rouge.