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Perfect Match

Endangered by Smoking Bans and Disposable Lighters, MatchbooksOffer a Miniature History of American Advertising
Bill Retskin
From the Print Edition:
Claudia Schiffer, Jul/Aug 97

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Struck--A matchcover with match abrasions on the striker.

Twenty-Strike--The regular-size matchcover with 20 match sticks.

VIP--A category of matchcovers mentioning a very important person or celebrity. Resources

Most of the books and publications on matchcover collecting are out of print. Libraries will lead you to occasional articles in various archived publications. Most regional and national matchcover collecting clubs have a newsletter or bulletin, published from four to a dozen times yearly. My work, The Matchcover Collectors Resource Book and Price Guide (self-published, 1988, 252 pages, $19.95), was the first of its kind published on this hobby since Esther Rancier's Matchcovers: A Guide to Collecting (Century House/AIF, $9.95) was released in 1976. When I published The Matchcover Collector's Price Guide, 1st Edition in 1994, it sold out a run of 3,500 copies by 1996. A follow-up volume, The Matchcover Collector's Price Guide, 2nd Edition, is being published by Antique Trader Books (304 pages, $21.95) and will be available in bookstores late this summer or early fall.

The American Matchcover Collecting Club sponsors a 600- to 800-lot matchcover mail auction with each of its quarterly 54- to 60-page publications. Members are welcome to submit quality older matchcovers and collections to the auction. Matchcover collection appraisals are provided by the club at no charge. The club also sponsors an annual matchcover swap in Asheville, North Carolina. Membership is available to anyone with a genuine interest in matchcover collecting and investment-quality matchcovers. Annual dues are $25, which includes four issues of The Front Striker Bulletin, a membership roster and several specialty political matchcovers. Contact: The American Matchcover Collecting Club, P.O. Box 18481, Asheville, North Carolina 28814-0481; (704) 254-4487.

--BR


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