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1953 American Card Catalog Signed by Jefferson R. Burdick
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $4,994
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 pioneer Jefferson R. Burdick. 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 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. This ACC is boldly signed and inscribed on the title page by this card-collecting legend. Burdick writes "To Bob Hendricks, with best wishes, J.R. Burdick, March 1953." The catalog itself is also a great rarity that would be a substantial prize signed or unsigned. The signature and inscription in the catalog are fairly uniform and grade "8" overall. The catalog (5.5 x 8.75 inches) is complete, presents beautifully, and is in technically Vg condition. Reserve $200. Estimate $400++. SOLD FOR $4,994
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