Philadelphia Phillies Matchbook Magnet
This is one of my favorite magnets. I love baseball. I was a Yankees fan for a little while but when I met my husband he was so crazy for the Braves I fell for them too. I love the huge sweep of green that is baseball and the meandering lethargy that is punctuated by frenzied sport. I like the hand signals, the whap of the bat on the ball, the slouch and smirk of the big stars, the taunts, the superstitions, and the fans who sometimes get to hold onto the means of play when the ball ends up in the stands. There is something incredibly compelling about the Phillies, too; they seem precious like an old toy, like some family heirloom that’s been loved and handled for generations.
In 1940 the Phillies opened their season to 14,000 fans in their stadium. They finished 8th in their league. A seat in the grandstand set you back $1.10. To buy a box seat to the World Series, had the Phillies gone, would have cost about $7.00.
When we began to source these in China we were living in China, so it was quite easy to look at samples ad nauseum. What we found is that the majority of commercially made magnets are of very weak quality: the images were not sharp, the magnets were weak, and the surfaces were easily scratched or bent. So we took several years to develop a PVC magnet that is textured, mimicking the raised enamel of old advertising, full of color, matched with a very powerful magnet and unlikely to fade or scratch.
For all of our magnets we share with you the image of the original matchbook before we edited it for commercial production. I keep a scan of each matchbook in our collection. We have about 4000 matchcovers hand scanned as we collected them. I think it’s interesting to see what the little matchbook looked like when I pulled it out from the pile.
Size: 1 3/4 inches by 2 1/2 inches or 5.8cm by 4.8 cm. All of our matchbook magnets are consistent with size of the original matchbooks but have been modified slightly for ease of production.