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1933-1938 Diamond Matchbooks Football Covers Comprehensive Collection (687)

Starting Bid - $2,500.00, Sold For - $5,287.50

This astounding collection of 687 different 1930s Diamond Matchbook football covers represents the second largest and most substantial collection of football matchbook covers ever offered at auction and possibly ever assembled. The largest collection of 1930s football matchbook covers ever assembled was the Nagy Collection, which is not surprising as Frank Nagy was without question the King of Matchbook Covers. When his comprehensive collection was offered at auction, it realized in excess of $30,000 and included approximately 800 matchbook covers (all but a few of all different examples known). These covers includes hundreds of players (and entire franchises) and Hall of Famers whose only "cards" are their 1930s matchbook covers. This is the only comprehensive collection 1930s football matchbook covers that can hold a candle to the Nagy Collection. It is almost hard to believe that anyone but Nagy could even have a collection of this magnitude, but the fact is that virtually all of these covers do, in fact, originate from Nagy, and were purchased by our consignor directly from Frank many years ago. This collection is Frank Nagy's second collection of 1930s football matchbook covers, his duplicate near-set, with a few additions added over the years by our consignor. It would be hard to imagine assembling a collection like this from scratch today. Football matchbook covers are rare, far rarer than most cards of the era, and offer perhaps the greatest value for collectors of all 1930s issues. Dating from the 1930s, these covers are the football equivalent of E107s in the world of baseball cards, capturing an an entire era of players of the sport that are found in no other sets. This is an extraordinary collection of these very substantial but overlooked 1930s football matchbook covers, literally a once-in-a-lifetime collecting opportunity to acquire one of the few world-class collections ever assembled of these undervalued gems. Condition: 75% range from Gd to Ex-Mt (averaging Vg/Vg-Ex), 25% in lesser grades. Mostly all have strikers intact with matches removed. All the great stars of the day are represented. The collection includes the following (organized by set): 1) 1933 Diamond Matchbooks Silver Near-Complete Set (68 of the 95 in the set plus 27 color variations for a total of 95). Highlighted by Hall of Famers Red Grange, Bronko Nagurski, Red Badgro, and Cliff Battles. All have strikers intact (except one) with matches removed. 2) 1934 Diamond Matchbooks Near-Complete Set (89 of the 121 in the set plus 148 color variations with a few duplicates for a total of 237). Highlighted by Hall of Famers Red Badgro, Cliff Battles, Turk Edwards, Mel Hein, and Ken Strong. All have strikers intact (except eight) with matches removed. 3-4) 1934 and 1935 Diamond Matchbooks College Rivals Near-Complete Set: (54 of 60). Each set has twelve covers; the 1934 covers were each issued in two color variations (black or tan borders) and the 1935 series covers were each issued in three variations, for a total of 60 covers. This collection includes 54 different. 42 of the 54 have strikers intact with matches removed, 12 have strikers clipped. 5) 1935 Diamond Matchbooks Near-Complete Set (79 of the 96 in the set plus 9 duplicates for a total of 88). Highlighted by Hall of Famers Red Badgro, Cliff Battles, Dutch Clark, Turk Edwards, and Ken Strong. 70 of the 88 have strikers intact with matches removed. 6) 1936 Diamond Matchbooks Complete Set (47 different plus 47 color variations with a few duplicates for a total of 94). Includes two cards of Hall of Famer Bronko Nagurski (Vg-Ex and Gd). All have strikers intact (except three) with matches removed. 7) 1937 Diamond Matchbooks Complete Set (24 different plus 71 color variations with a few duplicates for a total of 95). All have strikers intact (except one) with matches removed. 8) 1938 Diamond Matchbooks Complete Set (24). Highlighted by Hall of Famers Dutch Clark and Alex Wojciechowicz. All have strikers intact (except one) with matches removed. Also included with this collection is six additional matchbook covers including three featuring Detroit Lions players, Leon Hart (2) and Doak Walker. This is an exceptional comprehensive collection of football matchbook covers issued by The Diamond Matchbook Company. This is a very attractive collection, with all covers laying perfectly flat, and virtually all with strikers intact. Overall in Vg/Vg-Ex condition. Total 687 covers. Reserve $2,500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $5,287.50


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