Bigindicator

Selections from the Collection of Jefferson R. Burdick

Event  |  Reviews  |  Comments
20140428031216-placeholder
Card Number 220, Leroy Robert "Satchel" Paige, Pitcher, St. Louis Browns, from the series Topps Dugout Quiz (R414-7), issued by Topps Chewing Gum Company, 1953 Commercial Color Lithograph © Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
20141124171609-burdick_exhpg
Toole, Pitcher, Brooklyn, from the Old Judge series (N172) for Old Judge Cigarettes, issued by Goodwin & Company, 1887–90 Albumen Photograph © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Jefferson R. Burdick Collection, Gift of Jefferson R. Burdick (Burdick 214, N172.207)
Selections from the Collection of Jefferson R. Burdick

1000 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10028-0918
October 6th, 2014 - April 9th, 2015

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.metmuseum.org
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
upper east side
EMAIL:  
communications@metmuseum.org
PHONE:  
(212) 535-7710
OPEN HOURS:  
Sun-Thu 10-5:30; Fri-Sat 10-9
TAGS:  
baseball cards

DESCRIPTION

The Burdick Baseball Card collection constitutes an integral part of The Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection of ephemera and tells the history of popular printmaking in the United States. In 1947, after having approached A. Hyatt Mayor, the Museum's curator of prints and photographs, the Syracuse electrician Jefferson R. Burdick (1900–1963) began to donate his entire collection of approximately thirty thousand baseball cards in large batches, along with another 270,000 trade and postcards, to the Museum.

The baseball cards collected by Burdick date from 1887 to 1959 and represent the most comprehensive collection outside of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. The cards on view illustrate the history of baseball from the dead-ball era at the turn of the nineteenth century into the golden age and modern era of the sport.

The baseball cards document the sport through various types of media—from lithography to photography—and imagery illustrating legends as well as the lesser-known players, owners, and teams that have contributed to the history of the game.