The American Card Catalog


The American Card Catalog

"The American Card Catalog" is a reference book for American trade cards produced before 1951, compiled by Jefferson Burdick.

It has become the "de facto" method in identifying and organizing trade cards produced in the Americas pre-1951. The book catalogues sports and non-sports cards, but is best known for its categorization of baseball cards. There are two major shortcomings of this system: it does not include classifications for non-American cards and there are numerous mistakes and inconsistencies in the system. However, sets like 1909-11 White Borders, 1910 Philadelphia Caramel’s, and 1909 Box Tops most commonly referred to by their ACC catalogue numbers. They are, respectively, T206, E95, and W555.

The following is a list of card classifications in which baseball cards are found. Two examples of each type have been listed.

Card Classifications

N-Cards (19th Century Tobacco)

Examples

* N28 Allen & Ginter (1887)
* N29 Allen & Ginter (1888)
* N43 Allen & Ginter (1888)
* N135 Duke Talk of the Diamond (1893)
* N142 Duke Cabinets (1894)
* N162 Goodwin (1888)
* N167 Old Judge (1888)
* N172 Old Judge (1887-1890)
* N184 Kimball's (1888)
* N284 Buchner (1887)
* N300 Mayo (1895)
* N321 S.F. Hess & Co. Creole (1888)
* N338-1 S.F. Hess & Co. (1893)
* N370 Lone Jack (1887)
* N403 August Beck (1888)
* N566 Newsboy (1895)
* N690-1 Kalamazoo Bats (1887)
* N690-2 Kalamazoo Teams (1887)

D-Cards (Bakery/Bread)

Examples

* D310 Pacific Coast Biscuit (1911)
* D311 Pacific Coast Biscuit (1911)
* D322 Tip-Top Bread Pirates (1910)
* D327 Holsum Bread (1917)
* D381 Fleischmann's Bread (1916)
* D382 Tarzan Thoro Bread (1934)
* D383 Koester's Bread World Series Issue (1921)

E-Cards (Caramel)

Examples

* 1909-11 E90.1 American Caramel
* 1910 E90.2 American Caramel
* 1910-11 E90.3 American Caramel
* 1910 E92 Dockman & Sons
* 1910 E92 Croft's & Allen (also called Croft's Candy. backs come in three colors, black, blue and red)
* 1910 E92 Croft's Cocoa
* 1910 E92 Nadja
* 1911 E93 Standard Caramel
* 1911 E94 George Close Candy
* 1909 E95 Philadelphia Caramel
* 1910 E96 Philadelphia Caramel
* 1910 E97 Briggs (two variations, color and B&W)
* 1909 E98 Anonymous
* 1909 E101 Anonymous
* 1909-11 E102 Anonymous
* 1909-10 E105 Mello-Mints
* 1903 E107 Breisch Williams

F-Cards (Food -Ice Cream & Dairy)

Examples

* 1916 F-UNC Tango Eggs
* 1928 F50 Harrington's Ice Cream
* 1928 F50 Sweetman
* 1928 F50 Tharp's Ice Cream
* 1928 F50 Yuengling's Ice Cream
* 1937-38 F7 Dixie Lids

M-Cards (Publications)

Examples

* M101-2 Sporting News Supplements (1909-1913)
* M101-4 Sporting News (1916)
* M101-5 Sporting News (1915)
* M101-6 Felix Mendelssohn (1919)
* M101-7 Sporting News Supplements (1926)
* M110 Sporting Life Cabinets
* M116 Sporting Life (1911)
* M117 Sporting Times (1888-1889)

R-Cards

Examples

* 1933 R317 Douesh Jacks Candy
* 1933 R319 Goudey
* 1934 R320 Goudey
* 1934-36 R327 Diamond Stars
* 1933 R333 Delong
* 1939 R334 Play Ball
* 1952 R414-6 Topps

T-Cards (20th Century Tobacco)

Examples

* T3 Turkey Red (1911)
* T200 Fatima (1913)
* T201 Mecca Double Folders (1911)
* T202 Hassan Triple Folders (1912)
* T203 Baseball Comics (1910)
* T204 Ramly (1909)
* T205 "Gold Borders" (1911)
* T206 "White Borders" (1909-1911)
* T207 "Brown Background" (1912)
* T208 Fireside Athletics (1912)
* T209 Contentnea (1910)
* T210 Old Mill (1910)
* T211 Red Sun (1910)
* T212 Obak (1909-1911)
* T213 (1910)
* T214 Victory (1915)
* T215 Red Cross (1910-1913)
* T216 People's (1910-1914)
* T222 Fatima Players (1914)
* T227 Series of Champions (1912)
* T330-2 Piedmont Stamps (1914)

N-Cards (19th Century Tobacco)

Examples

* 1888 N28 Allen and Ginter
* 1887-90 N172 Old Judge

W-Cards (Strip Cards / Exhibits)

Examples

* 1920-21 W514 Strips
* 1921 W461 Exhibits
* 1946-49 W603 Sports Exchange

WG-Cards (Game Cards)

Examples

* 1906 WG2/3 Fan Craze
* 1914 WG4 Polo Ground Card Game

V-cards/C-Cards (Non-United States Cards)

Examples

* 1912 C46 Imperial Tobacco (Canada)
* 1933 V353 World Wide Gum (Canadian Goudey)

ee also

*Baseball card
*Hockey card
*Football card
*Sports card
*Trade card
*Trading card


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