Friday, May 7, 2021

Cards and vintage things: Bob Garbark leads a '30s matchbook lot

 I picked up another cool lot of matchbooks this week, all from the 1930s/1940s. 300 matchbooks for $30 is a real nice price when they are this old, especially when it has an 85 year old "baseball card".

Bob Garbark was a career minor leaguer who did appear in parts of seven seasons in the majors, for a total of 145 games, mostly in 1944 and 1945 (he was 4-F due to a hernia). He was the head baseball coach at Allegheny College from 1947 to 1978.

The back is worth a read. In 1936, when this was printed, college-educated ballplayers were still a novelty.
Some other highlights from the lot:

Some war-related matchbooks. The anti-discrimination matchbook, "Are we planting the seeds of World War III?", was from a liquor distributor.
White Tower was a pretty well-known White Castle rip-off. Over 200 restaurants nationwide in the 1950s; still one left today in Toledo, OH.
A few others that I thought had interesting graphics.

1 comment:

  1. $30.00 FOR 300 VINTAGE matchbooks, is a super great deal. congrats on the score!