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Boxing Matchbooks
A long-acknowledged adjunct of card collecting is matchbook collecting.  As with postcards, the most common form of matchbook is associated with a boxer's restaurant or bar.  The most famous were Jack Dempsey's in New York near Madison Square Garden, and Slapsie Maxie's in Hollywood.  Dempsey was the actual owner and host at his joint and many different matchbooks exist.  Slapsie Maxie's was nominally owned and hosted by Max Rosenbloom but it was quite likely that gangster Mickey Cohen actually controlled it.  Both restaurants have a wide variety of matchbooks that routinely come up for sale, with varying degrees of difficulty associated with them.  Many other fighters tried their hands in the trade, with varying results.  Some, like Abe Attell and Benny Leonard, had little success, and their matchbooks are quite difficult to find.  Others, like Lew Tendler, did quite well, and the common versions of their matchbooks are readily located.  Sugar Ray Robinson owned a restaurant and nightclub in Harlem that did well over the years and there are several versions of his matchbooks. 

Please enjoy this selection of images of boxing matchbooks.  They are not for sale, merely for your edification and amusement.
Date(s): September 29, 2011. Album by Adam Warshaw. 1 - 45 of 45 Total. 2003 Visits.
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A mid-1930s contest matchbook from Adam Hats, featuring Jack Dempsey.

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One of a number of varieties of matchcovers from Sugar Ray Robinson's Harlem eatery.

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Lew Tendler was perhaps the most successful fighter-restauranteur after Jack Dempsey and is featured on a variety of match covers.

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A Mexican issued matchbox from the 1930s, two subjects discovered to date.

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Here is the other subject, label removed from box

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This Kid Chocolate image was a side panel of a Cuban matchbox.

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Black Bill from the same issue as the Kid Chocolate.  His last recorded bout was in 1931, so the issue likely was made in the late 1920s.

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Jim Maloney on another Cuban matchbox.

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