Welcome to The A.J. Vanderbilt Collection

We invite you to participate in The A.J. Vanderbilt Collection which will cross the block March 22 in Baltimore, Maryland. Click here to download your free copy of the catalog and click here to view the lots online. Please enjoy Lawrence R. Stack’s introduction to the collection.
Growing up in the coin business, I have had the good fortune of meeting some of the greatest in the numismatic world including Louis Eliasberg, Thomas Law, John J. Ford, Sam Wolfson, Amon Carter, James Stack, Jr. and many others. While some of those others are perhaps not as well known to the numismatic world, they are just as important to the growth and strength of the hobby. It is with bittersweet feelings that we now offer the Vanderbilt Collection at public auction. This collector was Stack’s oldest client until the day of his death. I have had the good fortune of visiting and befriending his family, sharing in his numismatic endeavors, and acting as his eyes and ears when making purchases for his collection. I also had the pleasure of sharing with him his additional hobby of collecting automobile insignias and being the beneficiary of his wit and wisdom.
His history with Stack’s went back so far that he was first a client of my grandfather and grand-uncle, then of Norman Stack and after Norman’s passing, he became my client. I cannot remember a day when Mr. “Vanderbilt” was not part of my daily numismatic life.
Over the years, our families shared in both joys and sorrows as the moments merited. And yet through thick and thin, good days and bad days, the relationship grew stronger.
While I wasn’t there in 1936 when he first walked into the office, this collector’s absolutely perfect recollection allowed me to live vicariously through the various time periods that he and Stack’s shared. While sad that he is no longer with us I am humbled and honored to have known this man and believe that having known him, I am a better collector, a better numismatist and a better person.
I invite you to enjoy this special catalog we have created for the A.J. Vanderbilt Collection and wish you the best of bidding success.
Sincerely, Lawrence R. Stack
Co-founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries

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