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American Card Catalog by Jefferson Burdick: Extremely Rare 1939 First Edition!

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $4,740.00

Robert Edward Auctions has always had a great reverence for hobby history, so it is a special honor for us to present this fascinating relic of card-collecting history in this auction. Offered is an extraordinarily rare 1939 first edition of the American Card Catalog by legendary card-collecting pioneer Jefferson R. Burdick. As noted on the title page, this volume was published precisely on June 1, 1939. While we have had other early editions (from the 1940s and 1950s), this is the first time REA has ever had the privilege of offering the historic 1939 first edition of the American Card Catalog, which differs substantially in design and format from later editions. In many ways this volume represents the birth of organized card collecting in America. Burdick is universally recognized as the "Father of Card Collecting." His American Card Catalog was the first serious attempt to document and categorize cards for collectors. It was the American Card Catalog that assigned to such sets as T206 and R319 the catalog reference numbers still in use today. Burdick spent the last twenty years of his life organizing and mounting his vast collection in albums for permanent display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He died in 1963, just months after completing this lifelong project, and his collection is among the most famous ones at the Met. In addition to the primary catalog section, it is fascinating to see the advertising section in the back of the 1939 ACC, with ads from legendary collecting pioneers such as Charles Bray, Lionel Carter, and even Jefferson Burdick himself. Following the advertising section are three sections of supplemental pages (dated 1940, 1941, and 1943). The catalog (6 x 9 inches) is complete with original covers, presents beautifully, and is in Very Good condition. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+++. SOLD FOR $4,740.00


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