Jefferson Burdick is the best-known early card collector and his American Card Catalog set a base for most of our hobby's organization and practices, such as set numbering, checklisting, and pricing. Tristar immortalized him appropriately (with a modified image) in their 2010 Obak set.
|2010 Obak #66 (mini)
Fellow blogger Cardboard Junkie tweaked his own Shepard Fairey-inspired take on Burdick for the post (and image) COLLECT.
I gave a couple of StaleGum's stickers to vintage collector and writer George Vrechek, who researched Burdick extensively and could talk for hours about the American Card Catalog, Jefferson's collection, and other early contemporaries in the hobby. Here's the six minute version, recorded Saturday evening at the OldBaseball.com dinner. (Background noise from our hotel function room.)
Check out George's articles for much more, including a visit to Jefferson's original collection at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.
- Part 1: The Greatest Collection That You Will Never See
- Part 2: Burdick Revisited
- Publication history: Collectors Searching for the Fountain of Completeness
Thanks to Chris for the Posse sticker, George for talking through Jefferson's history, and Junkie for COLLECT! I enjoyed assembling all of these pieces for other collectors and Burdick fans to find.