A Great Set of Italian American Baseball Cards Realeased

The National Ethnic Heritage Foundation in partnership with the Order of Sons of Italy in America has just released a beautiful 100 baseball card set of Italian American Baseball Players. The cards cover great Italian American Players from Lewis Pessano (Buttercup Dickenson) the very first Italian American baseball Pioneer to Sal Maglie, Roy Campanella, & Yogi Berra of the 1950's. The tradition continues through time from Sal Bando & Gene Tenace to Tommy Lasorda, Terry Francona & Mike Scioscia.

Of course former Italian American Mets Mike Piazza, Lee Mazzilli, John Franco, Bobby Valentine, Frank Viola, Robin Ventura, Kevin Tapani & Joe Torre are all included.

Only 10,000 sets of these beautiful cards have been produced. They are made up of original oil portraits by a team of artists supervised by the acclaimed artist George Kotsovos. The backs feature short bios & stats of the individual subjects. Not only are players included, but other key figures in the Italian tradition that have made significant contributions to the game.

These cards are not available commercially and only sold through
http://www.nehf.org/ & http://www.osia/ . The profits are a donation with a fully tax deductible receipt from Order Sons of Italy Foundation.

See the press realease & links below for this amazing collectible baseball card set.


New York – The rich history of Italian Americans in Major League Baseball is told for the first time in an educational and handsome set of 100 baseball cards, available now.

The cards, will be appreciated by collectors, baseball historians, and Americans of Italian origin, and celebrate not only the greatest names – Hall of Famers Joe DiMaggio, Ernie Lombardi, Tom Lasorda, Yogi Berra, Tony Lazzeri, Phil Rizzuto, Roy Campanella, and broadcaster Joe Garagiola, possible future Hall of Famers like Tony LaRussa, Joe Torre, Billy Martin, Ron Santo, Craig Biggio, Mike Piazza and Andy Pettitte, but such popular figures as Tony Conigliaro, Rocky Colavito, John Franco, Lee Mazzilli, Joe Pepitone, Mike Scioscia, Joe Girardi and Terry Francona.

The cards are a product of the National Ethnic Heritage Foundation in partnership with the Order of Sons of Italy in America, with sets available for a $49 donation to the Sons of Italy Foundation, a 501 ( c )3 charitable foundation.

Only 10,000 sets have been produced, and each card features original oil portraits of the subjects by a team of artists supervised by the acclaimed George Kotsovos, (www.theworkofgeorgekotsovos.com)

In addition to a full color portrait on the front, the cards feature biographical information and lifetime statistics on the back. The five-color printing process includes metallic gold foil on 16- gauge stock, heavily coated with a UV inhibitor to prevent fading. The cards are handsomely packaged and shrink wrapped in a 5 ¾” x 7” x 1 ½” gift box.

The 100 subjects selected for the set were researched and selected by originally by consensus of various experts and the with valued comments from the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, as well as individual baseball historians. Included aside from players are former Baseball Commissioner Bart Giamatti, umpire Babe Pinelli, Arizona Diamondbacks founding owner Jerry Colangelo, and legendary Atlanta pitching coach Leo Mazzone, featured on his first ever card apart from minor league cards.

Also receiving his “first card” is Lewis Pessano “Buttercup” Dickerson, who broke into the major leagues in 1878 with the Cincinnati Red Stockings, making him the first Italian-American in the game.

The cards are not sold commercially, and are available through the two websites – www.nehf.org and www.osia.org. The donation is acknowledged with a fully tax deductible receipt from Order Sons of Italy Foundation. Discounts are available for three or more sets.

NEHF, the National Ethnic Heritage Foundation, a 501(c)3 corporation was established in August 2008 with a mission to educate the North American public about the cultural contributions made to the United States and Canada by the diverse ethnic and religious groups that power the engines or growth and knowledge. The Foundation collects and disseminates this knowledge through print and electronic media. Their goal is not just tolerance, but total acceptance of the minority by the majority.

Included in the set Ed Abbaticchio -Johnny Antonelli- Bob Aspromonte -
Ken Aspromonte- Rich Aurilia- Steve Balboni -Sal Bando- Mark Belanger-
Yogi Berra- Craig Biggio- Ping Bodie- Zeke Bonura- Chris Bosio- Ricky Bottalico-
Larry Bowa- Ralph Branca- Ernie Broglio- Dolph Camilli- Ken Caminiti -
Roy Campanella- Tom Candiotti- Bernie Carbo- Jon Castino- Phil Cavarretta
-Rick Cerone- Jeff Cirillo- Jack Clark- Jerry Colangelo- Rocky Colavito-
Tony Conigliaro- Frankie Crosetti- Tony Cuccinello -Doug DeCinces-
Frank Demaree- Mark Derosa -Buttercup Dickerson -Dom DiMaggio-
Joe DiMaggio- Vince DiMaggio- Dick Drago- Jeff Fassero- Joe Ferguson-
Ray Fosse- John Franco- Terry Francona- Tito Francon-a Jim Fregosi-
Carl Furillo- Gary Gaetti- Joe Garagiola- Bartlett Giamatti- Jason Giambi-
Al Gionfrido- Joe Girardi- Dave Guisti- Tony Graffanino- Pete Incaviglia-
Paul Konerko- Tony LaRussa- Tom Lasorda- Cookie Lavagetto- Tony Lazzeri -
Ernie Lombardi- Sal Maglie- Frank Malzone- Gus Manciso- Billy Martin-
Phil Masi- Lee Mazzilli -Leo Mazzone- Sam Mele- Doug Mirabelli -
-John Montefusco- Don Mossi- Tom Pagnozzi- Eddie Pellagrini- Joe Pepitone-
Rico Petrocelli- Andy Pettitte- Mike Piazza- Babe Pinelli- Vic Raschi -
Dave Righetti- Phil Rizzuto Johnny Romano- Ron Santo- Steve Sax-
Mike Scioscia- Sibby Sisti -John Smoltz- Kevin Tapani -Gene Tenace- Joe Torre -
Bobby Valentine- Robin Ventura- Frank Viola- Barry Zito



Anonymous said…
How about Reno Bertoia, a Detroit Tigers player of the 50's. I believe he was the first player actually born in Italy to make it to the major leagues. Obviously not an All-Star but he deserves honorable mention.
Anonymous said…
I agree, and wish to note that he is Canadian. Born in the village of San Vito,in the province of Udine,and settled in Windsor, Ontario.

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