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Lot # 495 (of 1389)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1946, 1953, and 1960 Editions of American Card Catalog by Jefferson Burdick

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $480

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 later editions from 1953 and 1960. 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, presents beautifully, and is in Excellent or better condition. The 1953 catalog (5.5 x 8.5 inches) displays light creasing on the front cover and slightly heavier creasing on the back cover. The 1960 catalog (6 x 9 inches) has moderate tears to the outside dust jacket but is in otherwise Excellent condition with tiny pen or pencil markings next to some advertisements in the back of the catalog. This is a superb trio of early hobby reference guides! Total: 3 catalogs. SOLD FOR $480

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