1946 and 1953 Editions of American Card Catalog by Jefferson Burdick

Sold For: $540

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1086

Item Year: 1946

Category: 1930s to 1940s cards

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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 these fascinating relics of card-collecting history in this auction. Offered is a rare 1946 edition of the American Card Catalog by legendary card-collecting pioneer Jefferson R. Burdick along with a later edition from 1953. 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 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. In addition to the primary catalog section, it is fascinating to see the advertising section in the back of the ACCs, with ads from legendary collecting pioneers such as Charles Bray, Lawrence Kurzrok, Jake Wise, Walter Corson, Lionel Carter, and even Jefferson Burdick himself. The 1946 catalog (6 x 8.75 inches) is complete with original covers. The front cover has the former owner’s name written in blue ink, but otherwise in Excellent condition. The 1953 catalog (5.5 x 8.5 inches) displays light creasing on the front cover and a few small spots of paper loss on the back cover. This is a superb pair of early hobby reference guides! Also, included with the catalogs is Circa 1960s Directory of the J. R. Burdick Collection issued by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 26-page soft cover program with illustrations. Total: 3 items. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+.

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