The T-206 Collection: The Players and Their Stories Book Review
Much more than simply a detailed chronicle of one of The Hobby's most desirable and recognizable sets, The T206 Collection provides a never before seen backdrop and insight into the legendary, and not so legendary, players that helped pave the way for baseball to become America's pastime in the 20th Century.
A highly collaborative effort, the book, recently published by Peter E Randall, is a self-described "labor of love" on the part of Tom and Ellen Zappala with contributions from Lou Blasi and the owner of PSA/DNA, Joe Orlando. Commemorating the the 100th Anniversary of the set that many collectors refer to as The Monster, this book pays tribute and homage not only to the 38 Hall of Famers contained within the set but also the 353 other, lesser know players, whose contributions and impact on the game should not be overlooked.
The back cover provides a glimpse into the history and information to be garnered by understanding the stories and backgrounds of those other players. Revealing answers to the question(s):
What player had the distinction of hitting the first home home run in the 20th century?
Coaching boxes were introduced because of the antics of this third-base coach.
This player is the only shortstop in MLB history to convert 2 unassisted triple plays IN THE SAME GAME.
What player later became successful in silent films?
This pitcher's eyesight was so bad that his catchers painted their gloves white.
Who was the very first batter in the history of the American League?
This player was the inspiration for Bump Bailey, the player who died crashing through the fence in the movie, "The Natural:.
This player manager gave George Herman Ruth the nickname "Babe".
A look inside the pages of the book reveals a treasure trove of information, making this a must have part of any Hobbyists library, whether you are a T206 collector or not.
A beautiful coffee table sized book, its striking cover photo makes it a nice display piece all on its own and provides a nice read during commercial breaks of any sporting event. Besides the colorful stories, the book details great card images from the set including all known variations making for a very handy reference guide. Divided in palatable doses, each chapter details a different "type" of player, from Hall of Famers to mean men of the game, commons and shunned by the Hall.