1953 American Card Catalog Signed by Jefferson R. Burdick

Sold For: $1,320

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1189

Item Year: 1953

Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

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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 a 1953 edition of the American Card Catalog signed by legendary card-collecting pioneer Jefferson R. Burdick. 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 which assigned to such sets as 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, within months of completing this lifelong project, and his collection is permanently housed as one of the most famous collections at the Met. This ACC is boldly signed and inscribed on the title page by this card-collecting legend. Burdick writes "To Bob Hendricks, with best wishes, J.R. Burdick, March 1953." The catalog itself is also a great rarity that would be a substantial prize signed or unsigned. The signature and inscription in the catalog are fairly uniform and grade "8" overall. The catalog (5.5 x 8.75 inches) is complete, presents beautifully, and is in technically Vg condition. It should be noted that this very item appeared as Lot 713 in May 2011, selling for $4,994 at that time, and has been consigned to this auction directly by the original purchaser. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).


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