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1953 American Card Catalog by Jefferson R. Burdick and 1939-1943 Card Collector's Bulletin (26 issues)

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,440

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 1953 edition of the American Card Catalog by legendary card-collecting pioneer Jefferson R. Burdick along with a bound collection of the Card Collector's Bulletin published between 1939 and 1943 by Burdick. Both of these volumes originate from the collection of a very old-time hobbyist who was active in the 1930s and 1940s. 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. In addition to the primary catalog section, it is fascinating to see the advertising section in the back of the ACC, with ads from legendary collecting pioneers such as Charles Bray, Lionel Carter, and even Jefferson Burdick himself. The Card Collector's Bulletin, which was also the brainchild of Burdick along with Charles Bray, was first issued in 1937, with the goal "to be of every possible service to the hobby." Presented here is a volume containing twenty-six issues dated between August 1939 and October 1943. The issues are housed inside this volume as Burdick produced each issue with punch holes to allow for easy storage within the same cover held in place by metal clasps. This is only the second offering of Card Collector's Bulletin material we have ever seen (the first of which appeared as lot #630 in REA's Spring 2014 auction and varied slightly in both design and breadth). 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. The ACC and bound Bulletins (5.5 x 8.5 and 6 x 9 inches, respectively) are complete and present in Vg-Ex to Ex condition with technical faults visible on the covers and along the spine, as well as natural wear to the fragile corners. The bound Bulletins are housed in generic brown-paper front and back covers (different from the example offered in Spring 2014). An outstanding pair of early hobby volumes! Total: 2 books (one ACC plus one bound volume of 26 CCB issues). SOLD FOR $1,440

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