1953 American Card Catalog Signed by Jefferson R. Burdick and Charles R. Bray

Sold For: $3,525

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 565

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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 pioneers Jefferson R. Burdick and Charles R. Bray. 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 which are 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. Charles Bray, in addition to being one Burdick's collaborators in compiling the ACC , was one of the great scholars of the field; he was the publisher of the Card Collectors Bulletin , the first full-time baseball card dealer, and ran the first auction devoted to card collecting in the world. Anyone who was serious about collecting older cards from the 1930s well into the 1960s bought and sold cards through Bray's Card Collectors Bulletin . Aside from Bray, there really weren't many dealers in rare vintage cards in the 1950s. This ACC is boldly signed and inscribed on the interior front cover by both of these card-collecting legends. Burdick writes "To Bob Matthews, with kind regards, J.R. Burdick," and Bray has inscribed "Bob Matthews, Best Regards, Charles R. Bray." This is the only item we have ever encountered signed by the pair. The catalog itself is also a great rarity that would be a substantial prize signed or unsigned. We have never seen another signed example. Both of the signatures and inscriptions in the catalog are fairly uniform and grade "9" overall. The catalog (5.5 x 8.75 inches) is complete and is in remarkably fine Excellent to Mint condition. Reserve $200. Estimate $400++. SOLD FOR $3,525

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