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1933-1938 Baseball, Football, Hockey Diamond Matchbook Cover Collection (405)

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,231

This collection is comprised of 405 matchbook covers from the 1930s. 106 are baseball, 274 are football, and twenty-five are hockey players. These matchbook covers are very scarce compared to gum cards of the era, especially the covers featuring hockey players. It is rare to find a substantial collection of these vintage classics, which have largely escaped the radar of most serious collectors in part because of their rarity. This collection has been consigned by the family of a old-time collector. We believe that 1930s matchbook covers represent one of the best collecting values of all 1930s issues. The collection consists of the following: Baseball: 1) 1934 (silver border): 68 covers (47 different players). 2) 1935-36 (no team name on reverse): five different plus three duplicates. 3) 1936 (Chicago Cubs): 30 covers (17 different players of the 23 in the set) including HOFers Dizzy Dean and Gabby Hartnett. Football: 1) 1933 (silver border): 17 covers including HOFer Red Grange. 2) 1934: 127 covers (69 different players of the 122 in the set) including two of HOFer Ken Strong. 3) 1935: 23 different players of the 96 in the set including HOFer Ken Strong. 4) 1936: 55 covers (33 different players of the 47 in the set) including HOFer Bronko Nagurski. 5) 1937: 10 different players of the 24 in the set. 6) 1938: three different players. 7) 1941 Washington Redskins Home Games Schedule Covers (complete set of 20): Each cover features a portrait image of a Redskins' player. 8) 1942 Washington Redskins Home Games Schedule Covers (19 of the 20 in the set): Each cover features a portrait image of a Redskins' player. Hockey: 1) Silver Border series: two different; Eddie Shore (HOF) and McVeigh. 2) Tan Border series (type one): twenty-three covers (twenty different players) including HOFers Mervin Dutton and Sydney Howe. Overall in Excellent condition. Very sharp looking group, perfectly flat, virtually all with strikers intact. Total 405 covers. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/1,500. SOLD FOR $3,231

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