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    1934 U1 Diamond Matchbooks - First Series (Silver Borders) Complete Set (199). While depression-era children had bubble gum cards to collect, it was matchbook covers that became popular collectibles with adults as they made good advertising for business and came in a huge variety of themes including pin ups. The Diamond Match Co. of New York first produced matchbook covers with baseball players in 1934. This auction features all of the sets that are said to trace their origins to someone at Diamond match Co. Offered is the first series from 1934. Now designated U1, this set of 200 players (Wesley Ferrell is in the guide but has never been confirmed) are identified by the colorful backgrounds (red, green, blue or orange); Player portraits are printed in sepia and framed in silver metallic ink; Player names and teams are found in the saddle (area between front & back panels) plus career bios on the back panel. Stand out players include Bottomley, Cuyler, D. Dean, Durocher, Frisch, Gehringer, Hartnett, Klem, Lopez, Lyons, Maranville, Ott, Stengel, Vance, Veltman SP and others. Overall, this is a high-end collection where most show creases and staples holes as issued and are in excellent or nicer condition with strikers intact! One-quarter (25%) of them have issues on the inside like pencil, ink, a heavy stain, and a handful have surface loss.

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    May, 2021
    6th-8th Thursday-Saturday
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