Tom Zappala & Ellen Zappala, who previously released The T206 Collection: The Players & Their Stories, a wonderful coffee-table edition about the the Holy Grail of baseball card sets, have done it again with their forthcoming book, The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players.
The new book, scheduled for an August 1 release, follows the T206 format, with large, colorful pictures and stories about the players depicted on the cards. It’s a nice, nostalgic look at these tiny works of art from a by-gone era of simplicity.
According to the official website, the Collection includes
* Biographies of every player featured in the 1914 & 1915 Cracker Jack Ball Player card series, compiled for the first time.
* Full size, full color images of all 180 Cracker Jack Ball Player cards.
* Player anecdotes [which] uncover details of the birth of our National Pastime.
* [A] special chapter on the history of Cracker Jack, the prizes, and the product’s special relationship with Major League baseball.
I find it almost comforting that after all this time, reproductions of the cards are still coming out by the Cracker Jack company.
Speaking of cards, it seems like someone is asleep at the switch when it comes to the modern-day version and how to treat the back-sides.