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Lot # 644 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1946 American Card Catalog by Jefferson Burdick & 1950 American Book of Checklists by Charles Bray

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $948

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 as well as a first edition 1950 American Book of Checklists by Charles Bray. Both of these volumes originate from the collection of an old-time hobbyist who was active from the 1930s to the 1950s. 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. The American Book of Checklists is a 72-page volume which features checklists of various tobacco sport and nonsport sets from the nineteenth century through the 1910s. Charles Bray, in addition to being one Burdick's collaborators in compiling the ACC, was one of the great scholars in the field; he was the publisher of the Card Collectors Bulletin, the first full-time baseball-card dealer, and ran the world's first auction devoted to card collecting. 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. The offered copy is personally inscribed by Bray to the collector as follows: "Best Wishes Frank, You have many of the rare cards as listed in this book. Charles R. Bray." Both the catalog (6 x 8.75 inches) and the checklists book (9 x 11.5 inches) are complete with original covers and are in Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Total: 2 books. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $948

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