These matchbooks were printed over a period of three years by the Diamond Matchbook Company. They came printed in an assortment of colors and include five distinct types spread out over four years:
U3-2 (1937 – Cubs only)
All of the matchbook covers have some value regardless of condition. But complete books with the matches unused generally bring a premium. Because these were matchbook covers, they are often heavily worn with creasing, tears, and other flaws.
Some are found with various background colors. They use the same image but are available in an assortment of colors, making the assembling of a master set of the entire series a bit challenging. In addition to baseball, matchbook covers were also created for football and hockey players. Dizzy Dean and Mel Ott are among the biggest names in this series.
One of the biggest reasons these remain popular with collectors is their affordability. Even the most expensive ones in the series can be found for under $100.
Fronts of the matchbooks feature a black and white image of a player inside of a square along with his name. The backs include a biography and insides of the books (where the matches were stored) are blank.