Here we feature some hard to find vintage matchbooks and some great vintage match boxes, all in great condition. Find old hotel and resort matchbooks, vintage restaurant matches, sports matchbooks, or vintage advertising matchbooks. These are great for the vintage matchbook cover collector!
The official name of the hobby of matchbook collecting is “phillumeny.” The matchbook was invented in America in the 1890s. Front-strikers, with the striker on the front of the matchbook, are the oldest variety. Strikers were placed on the front until 1973, when for safety concerns, the strikers were moved to the back of the book. (There are a few early rear-strikers, but they are very rare.) The most common size contains 20 matches, thus the 20 front strike name for most of our older collectible vintage matchbooks.
Early 1970s front strike matchbook for a California paraphernalia shop! Fun!
Great set of three classic 10-strike restaurant advertising matchbooks, two California and one New York.
Classic, vintage Virginia City, Nevada front strike saloon advertising matches.
Mid-1950s front strike horse racing advertising matchbook.
Early 1950s advertising matchbook from the historic Plantation Golf Club in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Wonderful hard to find 1980 Maxell 'Pocketbox' match box with wood matches and an original $2.00 coupon offer inside. A very clever design . . . classic!
Early 1940s-1950s advertising matchbook from the legendary New Orleans hotel.
Excellent 1940s front strike vintage railroad advertising matchbook.