Author: D. McKinney

About D. McKinney

D. McKinney is a writer and phillumenist living in Southern California. She is the charmingly crude author of the novels Welcome to Slumberland and OverBite and of the upcoming Morrissey F.A.Q. (released May 2015, Backbeat Books). D. is also an avid matchbook collector and does whatever possible to promote the hobby. Some of her favorite things are Morrissey, Columbo, vintage commercials, records, Perrier, and cats.

Hotel Reservation Deadline – April 1, 2017

AMCAL will be held at the Days Inn in Palm Springs, California.

Location: 1983 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Room Reservations: (760) 416-2333


Room rates are $80 for either a King or Double room. This rate is good all week long with the exception of Saturday night. Reservations for the motel must be made by April 1st to get the discounted room rates – please identify yourself as part of AMCAL to make sure you get the discounted rate.

All rooms have a patio or balcony. Because this is an older hotel, there are NO elevators – please request a first floor room if you have difficulty with stairs.

Each room is equipped with a refrigerator, microwave, cable tv, free Wi-Fi. They DO NOT provide breakfast, but there is a (very good) restaurant on the premises.


As of right now (July 2016) Days Inn is under the Wyndham Hotels umbrella and qualifies for points with the Wyndaham Rewards program.

Other Non-Matchbook Things to do in Palm Springs (while you’re here)

Palm Canyon Drive


Palm Canyon Drive is the main downtown area of Palm Springs where many of the city’s attractions, galleries, restaurants, and shops are found. It is also the home of the weekly Palm Springs VillageFest. There are several museums on Palm Canyon Drive, including the Aqua Caliente Cultural Museum, the Palm Springs Historical Society, and the Cornelia White House. If you are wondering what to do in Palm Springs, California today, this is a great place to start exploring.

The Palm Canyon Theatre, the Welwood Murray Memorial Library, and Ruddy’s General Store are also located in this exciting area. The restaurants of Palm Canyon Drive serve a variety of international cuisines like French, Italian, Japanese, and Mexican. Stop by some of the shops, which sell books, clothing and gifts. Palm Canyon Drive is a pleasant street lined with tall palm trees that offers visitors many things to see and do.

Palm Springs Tramway


When you want to get out of Palm Springs for some change of scenery, your best option is to take the Palm Springs Tramway, the world’s largest rotating tramcar. Completed in 1963, the tram takes you for a 10-minute long, 2.5-mile ride. The trip begins at Valley Station and ends at the Mountain Station, located at an elevation of 8,516 feet. The tram is the city’s most convenient gateway to the surrounding San Jacinto and Santa Rosa mountains.

At the end of the tram ride, you will find yourself in the Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness Area. In the summer, you can take a guided nature walk and search for elusive wild animals or go hiking or camping. Winter offers a wide range of different adventures that you can take on skis, on snowshoes, on foot, or with kids.

Peaks restaurant, at 8,500 feet elevation, offers a spectacular view of the Coachella Valley and serves delicious locally sourced food. The fresh vegetables, poultry, and dry meats on the menu all come from Coachella Valley. For lighter fare, you can try Pines Café, which features a cafeteria style dining room in which you can have a piece of pizza, a sandwiches, soup, or salad.

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Display Categories!

All Displays awards are CASH prizes! Displays are an awesome way to show off your matchcover collection.

SINGLE: A single matchbook or matchcover usually being of some
significance, either in subject matter, rairity, age, or beauty. NOTE: A single display can consist of two of the same matchbooks/covers to show the front and back or inside of the matchbook/cover.

SET: Two or more matchbooks, matchboxes or matchcovers that were
specifically issued as a set.

CALIFORNIA: A display consisting of matchbooks, matchboxes, and or
matchcovers (and other items if desired) that relate to the great state of

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AMCAL 62 Schedule

Here is the schedule for  the next AMCAL:


Wednesday May 3

8:00am – 9:00am – Registration & Display Entry

8:00am – 12:00 pm – Freebies & Dealers

12:00pm – 1:00pm – Lunch Break

1:00pm – 2:00pm – Auction Preview

2:00pm – 4:30pm – Auction

4:30pm – 5:00pm – Raffle and Auction Payment

5:00pm – 6:00pm – Dinner Break

6:00pm – 9:00pm – Silent Auction, Freebies

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