Boston, Massachusetts - The T206 Collection: The Players & Their Stories has been named one of the best books of the season by the prestigious New England Book Festival. Authors Tom & Ellen Zappala of Massachusetts will receive the award in the General Non-Fiction category on January 15, 2011 at the Omni Parker House Hotel in Boston, MA.

This beautiful coffee table book has been accepted into the archives of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY and was featured in a week-long exhibit at the New England Sports Museum in Boston. It celebrates the lives of the players featured in T206 baseball card collection which includes the famous Honus Wagner card, now valued at $2.8 million.

The book was released in June 2010 to national acclaim and is also the recipient of the Independent Publishers Award for Excellence.

The Zappalas, who reside in Merrimac, MA, have recently returned from an East Coast book tour. They are currently partnering with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to help find a cure for Diabetes.

Finding a cure is close to the Zappala's hearts as two children in the family have Type 1 Diabetes. Because of this, the Zappalas will be donating $10.00 from each purchase of their personally signed, first edition book purchased from the author's website before baseball's opening day 2011.

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