The SABR Baseball Cards Research Committee is once again taking nominations for the Jefferson Burdick Award for Contributions to the Hobby. It was an honor and privilege to present the inaugural award to Hobby pioneer and Renaissance man Mike Aronstein of TCMA fame. (Click here for the star-studded, online ceremony.)
And no, your eyes don’t deceive you! Mike’s trophy features the highly coveted Mike Aronstein rookie card designed by Committee co-chair Nick Vossbrink.
Looking ahead to our 2021 award, here are the criteria we’d like you to consider in your nominations.
Yes, we are looking for YOU to nominate a worthy recipient who has made significant contributions to the hobby in such areas as–
- Baseball card research/scholarship
- Baseball card creation/production/innovation
- Developing/maintaining resources (e.g., publications, websites, communities, events) for collectors
- Increasing access, knowledge, or enjoyment
In short, we are looking for the individuals who have made baseball card collecting a better hobby for the rest of us. (Click here to see profiles of last year’s finalists.)
Have someone in mind? Here is what we’d like you to do.
- No later than January 31, use the Contact form on this website to let us know your nominee(s) along with with a very brief description of their role or contributions. A few sentences is sufficient at this stage in the process.
- Be available for follow-up in case more information is needed.
- Publicize this Call for Nominations to other SABR members with an interest in cards.
On our end, we (your committee co-chairs, Nick and Jason) will vet the nominees and then work with our Awards Subcommittee* to choose the award winner.
*Subject to availability, those committee members who contributed at least 10 posts to the SABR Baseball Cards blog in the preceding year.
A couple quick notes before closing this post and putting the ball in your court:
- Nominees should be living at the time of nomination (and we’ll hope for their sake still alive by SABR 51!)
- You must be a SABR member to participate in the nomination process. If you are not yet a member, please join!
- The nomination deadline is January 31, 2021.
More about the award’s namesake
Finally, for a wealth of great articles on Jefferson Burdick himself, head to the Burdick section of the “Old Baseball Cards” library.