metIf you think about it, baseball cards are really a chronicle of American pop culture over the years. Beginning in the late 1800’s right up until today, every year, cards are printed and in addition to recognizing the game of baseball, they reflect changing fashion styles, demographics and printing and design. …popular culture all rolled up in 2”x3” pieces of cardboard.

I love that the New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is currently displaying their vast collection of baseball cards with an exhibition of the Burdick Baseball Card collection now through October 5, 2014.

About the Burdick Baseball Card Exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art: “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 Burdick Baseball Card collection is on exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City through October 5, 2014.

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