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Old 06-13-2017, 11:45 PM
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Default Hobby history: The 1939 United States Card Collectors Catalog

Lately I've been posting a lot of material that Jefferson Burdick wrote in the early years of Card Collector's Bulletin, which he founded in 1937 as the first periodical devoted to card collecting. After writing several articles about card collecting in Hobbies magazine in 1935 and 1936, Burdick typed up the first issue of Card Collector's Bulletin in January 1937 -- a single sheet, mimeographed on both sides -- and sent it out to 55 people who had written to him about his Hobbies articles. He wrote up three more issues in the next three months (February through April 1937), summarizing what he then knew about the card sets that were out there. He then wrote up four more issues from March to November 1938, sending them to a slowly growing subscriber base, and in the last one he expressed his hope "that a permanent ‘United States Card Collectors Catalog’ may be printed at some future time incorporating a new pricing system and furnishing much additional information about the sets".

Burdick spent most of the first half of 1939 putting together just such a catalog, then having it professionally typeset and printed (in a run of 500 copies). He published it on June 1, 1939 as "The United States Card Collectors Catalog", or "The U.S. Card Collectors Catalog", as it was on the title page. This was the first edition of what became The American Card Catalog, where such designations as T206 and E90-1 originated. This first version was in looseleaf format, with three holes punched in the left margin, so that it could be kept together in a binder and supplements could be added as needed. George Vrechek wrote about the 1939 U.S. Card Collectors Catalog in Sports Collector's Digest in 2012, based on his examination of Leon's copy. That article is available here: http://www.oldbaseball.com/refs/US_C...talog_1939.pdf

I also now have a copy, won in the recent REA auction along with issues 1-30 of Card Collector's Bulletin, and so I thought I would scan and post the most important parts of it, to go with all the other early Burdick material I've been posting. It has 80 pages of text, printed on only one side of the page, followed by several blank pages (which apparently contain advertising in other copies), plus supplements from 1940, 1941, and 1942.

The first two scans below are of the cover and the title page, the latter of which shows the screw thingies used to bind the volume and keep the cover attached. Next comes a page showing the sizes of different cards, an index, and a very interesting six-page guide to collecting cards in 1939. Then comes the intro to the section on 19th-century tobacco cards and related things (albums, etc.), and two pages from that section -- the first page, with the Allen & Ginter small cards (including what we know as N28 and N29, here #32 and #33), and the first page of the Goodwin listings, including the Old Judges (here #127). Following that is the intro to the section on 20th century tobacco cards, and the page with all the small-sized sports cards (T200 etc., in modern parlance).

That's all I can put in the body of the post because we're limited to 18 images, but in the comments I'll post some more pages listing sports cards.


















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Below is the one-page section on bread cards (D cards in the later catalogs), followed by the intro to the Candy and Gum Cards section, and three pages from that section: sports issues from "old candy and gum" sets (later rechristened E cards, for "early candy and gum"), larger sized "old candy and gum" cards (including Cracker Jacks and the sets we know as E210, E120, and E121), and sports sets from the "recent candy and gum" sets (later rechristened R cards).





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Interesting, he list the "large" ones as series of 80 and not 200, although most believe the "large" series of 200 came before the series of 80. Also he referred to most D-cards were produced between 1910-1915.
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What is Hustler? He lists it as a back under "White Border".
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What is Hustler? He lists it as a back under "White Border".
Hustler was one of the brands used with the T59 Flags of All Nations cards, and Burdick mistakenly thought it was also used with T206. This error was perpetuated in the 1946 and 1953 American Card Catalogs, and continued to appear in some T206 checklists and listings after that, notably Frank Nagy's 1962 checklist, which was widely reprinted into the 1970s. See this thread: http://net54baseball.com/showthread.php?t=203207
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Thanks again for sharing these hobby nuggets of gold, David. I guess it's apropos to add the announcement for it....Burdick wrote this letter to famed collector John Wagner a few days before he did the announcement for the ACC, below. In JR Burdick style, no profit was intended.

**And this "could" be a bit of a new revelation here, it seems Burdick is first thanking Wagner (no relation to the T206 Honus Wagner at all) for giving him a T206 Wagner? If that is the case it has to be the only time in recorded history a T206 Wagner was given away, not part of any promotional contest etc....just given to a collector because he still needed it to fill a hole. Mr. Burdick had only seen one other one at the time.




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Leon --

Thanks for posting that awesome Burdick letter to Wagner and the announcement of the US Card Collectors Catalog, which I think you've posted before. I don't see Burdick thanking Wagner for a T206 Wagner in that letter (he thanks him for four unspecified cards, including a Pontifical Standard), but he did thank Wagner for donating a T206 Wagner in the October 1, 1948 CCB, which I posted last week in the "Burdick Collection, 1947-49" thread: http://net54baseball.com/showthread.php?t=240887

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David- I wanted a few others opinions too so started that new thread. "Pontifical Standard" I think might mean the Wags?
I could be wrong but he is thanking him in the present tense as it seems he had only seen one and is seeing another?

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Thanks for posting that awesome Burdick letter to Wagner and the announcement of the US Card Collectors Catalog, which I think you've posted before. I don't see Burdick thanking Wagner for a T206 Wagner in that letter (he thanks him for four unspecified cards, including a Pontifical Standard), but he did thank Wagner for donating a T206 Wagner in the October 1, 1948 CCB, which I posted last week in the "Burdick Collection, 1947-49" thread: http://net54baseball.com/showthread.php?t=240887
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