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Gridiron Greats

On the occasion of the 2014 Super Bowl, the Met has installed a selection of vintage football cards from the celebrated collection of Jefferson R. Burdick. The exhibition is on view from January 24 through February 10, 2014.

National Chicle Gum Company, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Knute Rockne, 1935. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Jefferson R. Burdick Collection, Gift of Jefferson R. Burdick (Burdick 325, R331.9) #MetGridironGreats

Issued by P.H. Mayo & Brother, Richmond, Virginia (American). Stillman, Yale University, from the College Football Stars series (N302) for Mayo's Cut Plug Tobacco, 1894. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Jefferson R. Burdick Collection, Gift of Jefferson R. Burdick (Burdick 222, N302.31) #MetGridironGreats

Leaf Gum, Co., Chicago, IL. Mal Kutner, from the All-Star Football series (R401-2), issued by Leaf Gum Company,1948. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Jefferson R. Burdick Collection, Gift of Jefferson R. Burdick (Burdick 326, R401-2.12) #MetGridironGreats

Leaf Gum, Co., Chicago, IL. Fred Folger, from the All-Star Football series (R401-2), issued by Leaf Gum Company, 1948. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Jefferson R. Burdick Collection, Gift of Jefferson R. Burdick (Burdick 326, R401-2.65) #MetGridironGreats

Issued by Bowman Gum Company. Sheet of 12 uncut football cards, from the Bowman Football series (R407-1) issued by Bowman Gum, 1948. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Jefferson R. Burdick Collection, Gift of Jefferson R. Burdick (Burdick 327, R407-1.3) #MetGridironGreats

Leaf Gum, Co., Chicago, IL. Len Younce, from the All-Star Football series (R401-2), issued by Leaf Gum Company, 1948. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Jefferson R. Burdick Collection, Gift of Jefferson R. Burdick (Burdick 326, R401-2.56) #MetGridironGreats

Leaf Gum, Co., Chicago, IL. Tommy Thompson, from the All-Star Football series (R401-2), issued by Leaf Gum Company, 1948. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Jefferson R. Burdick Collection, Gift of Jefferson R. Burdick (Burdick 326, R401-2.9) #MetGridironGreats

Leaf Gum, Co., Chicago, IL. Pete Pihos, from the All-Star Football series (R401-2), issued by Leaf Gum Company, 1948. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Jefferson R. Burdick Collection, Gift of Jefferson R. Burdick (Burdick 326, R401-2.14) #MetGridironGreats

Issued by Bowman Gum Company. Sheet of 12 uncut football cards, from the Bowman Football series (R407-1) issued by Bowman Gum, 1948. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Jefferson R. Burdick Collection, Gift of Jefferson R. Burdick (Burdick 327, R407-1.6) #MetGridironGreats

Leaf Gum, Co., Chicago, IL. George Savitsky, from the All-Star Football series (R401-2), issued by Leaf Gum Company, 1948. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Jefferson R. Burdick Collection, Gift of Jefferson R. Burdick (Burdick 326, R401-2.61) #MetGridironGreats

Leaf Gum, Co., Chicago, IL. Charley Conerly, from the All-Star Football series (R401-2), issued by Leaf Gum Company, 1948. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Jefferson R. Burdick Collection, Gift of Jefferson R. Burdick (Burdick 326, R401-2.46) #MetGridironGreats

Leaf Gum, Co., Chicago, IL. Fred Davis, from the All-Star Football series (R401-2), issued by Leaf Gum Company, 1948. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Jefferson R. Burdick Collection, Gift of Jefferson R. Burdick (Burdick 326, R401-2.34) #MetGridironGreats

Issued by Bowman Gum Company. Sheet of 12 uncut football cards, from the Bowman Football series (R407-1) issued by Bowman Gum, 1948. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Jefferson R. Burdick Collection, Gift of Jefferson R. Burdick (Burdick 327, R407-1.4) #MetGridironGreats

Leaf Gum, Co., Chicago, IL. Bob Folsom, from the All-Star Football series (R401-2), issued by Leaf Gum Company, 1948. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Jefferson R. Burdick Collection, Gift of Jefferson R. Burdick (Burdick 326, R401-2.47) #MetGridironGreats

Harold Edgerton (American, 1903–1990). Wes Fesler Kicking a Football, ca. 1935. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987 (1987.1100.89) © MIT, Harold Edgerton, 2014, courtesy of Palm Press, Inc. #MetGridironGreats

Leaf Gum, Co., Chicago, IL. Charlie "Choo Choo" Justice, from the All-Star Football series (R401-2), issued by Leaf Gum Company, 1948. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Jefferson R. Burdick Collection, Gift of Jefferson R. Burdick (Burdick 326, R401-2.13) #MetGridironGreats

Leaf Gum, Co., Chicago, IL. Terry Brennan, from the All-Star Football series (R401-2), issued by Leaf Gum Company, 1948. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Jefferson R. Burdick Collection, Gift of Jefferson R. Burdick (Burdick 326, R401-2.10) #MetGridironGreats

Issued by P.H. Mayo & Brother, Richmond, Virginia (American). Beale, Harvard University, from the College Football Stars series (N302) for Mayo's Cut Plug Tobacco, 1894. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Jefferson R. Burdick Collection, Gift of Jefferson R. Burdick (Burdick 222, N302.2) #MetGridironGreats

Edward Penfield (American, 1866–1925). HARPER'S / NOVEMBER, 1894. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Bessie Potter Vonnoh, 1941 (41.12.69) #MetGridironGreats

Issued by Bowman Gum Company. Sheet of 12 uncut football cards, from the Bowman Football series (R407-1) issued by Bowman Gum, 1948. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Jefferson R. Burdick Collection, Gift of Jefferson R. Burdick (Burdick 327, R407-1.1) #MetGridironGreats

Leaf Gum, Co., Chicago, IL. Harry "Chick" Jagade, from the All-Star Football series (R401-2), issued by Leaf Gum Company, 1948. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Jefferson R. Burdick Collection, Gift of Jefferson R. Burdick (Burdick 326, R401-2.71) #MetGridironGreats

Leaf Gum, Co., Chicago, IL. George McAfee, from the All-Star Football series (R401-2), issued by Leaf Gum Company, 1948. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Jefferson R. Burdick Collection, Gift of Jefferson R. Burdick (Burdick 326, R401-2.16) #MetGridironGreats

Unknown, American. [School Friend of Walker Evans on Football Field, Loomis Institute, Windsor, Connecticut], 1920–21. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Walker Evans Archive, 1994 (1994.261.148) #MetGridironGreats

Leaf Gum, Co., Chicago, IL. Charles "Chuck" Bednarik, from the All-Star Football series (R401-2), issued by Leaf Gum Company, 1948. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Jefferson R. Burdick Collection, Gift of Jefferson R. Burdick (Burdick 326, R401-2.45) #MetGridironGreats