Sunday, June 28, 2015

Transformational Decks of Playing Cards

As I understand it, a transformation deck of playing cards builds the identity (such as four of clubs) into the design of each card. It's a very special art form.

I have two transformation decks that I bought from Peter Wood from the UK. I have a 2000PIPs and Wild!  The box of each deck is signed by Peter Wood himself.

2000PIPS by Peter Wood Joker 1 Transformation Deck
2000PIPS by Peter Wood
Joker 1
Transformation Deck

2000PIPS by Peter Wood Joker 1 Transformation Deck
2000PIPS by Peter Wood
Joker 2
Transformation Deck

 Take a look at how beautifully Peter Wood has worked the pips into the design for each of these cards in the 2000PIPS deck.
2000PIPS by Peter Wood
 Transformation Deck

Joker from Transformation Playing Cards
Can you see the nine hearts in this image?
Transformation Playing Cards

The 2000PIPS Deck
Box and Back
Printed by the Design & Print Partnership

The Wild! Deck was designed by Peter Wood
Copyright Newt's Playing Cards
In the Wild! cards,  the pips are again woven into the card designs. But the designs are a little simpler and are themed to cover the animals.  They are copyrighted by Newts Playing Cards at, a Playing Card Superstore (sic).
Wild! Animal Cards

There are degrees of transformation decks....  

I have several more transformation decks but Peter Wood's were the first I bought and the 2000PIPS deck is my favorite. It turns out in the esoteric world of the challenge of design tranformation decks, there is room for fine distinctions and for people to declare the concept of "so called" and "true" transformation decks.

 For instance, the description of my Circus Transformation Playing Card Deck by F Robert Schick (1924-1988) says:  " designing this true Transformation Deck, the artist has exercised no poetic licence whatsoever with manipulating the sizes, placement or shapes of the 'pip's unlike some of the few "so-called" Transformation Decks which have been designed in recent years.'

Stay tuned for my article about  my Circus Transformation Playing Card Deck by F Robert Schick

Ebay Auctions for Joker Playing Cards

Anyone else an Ebay Joker Card Purchaser?

I was feeling like spending a little money on myself and so, I clicked over to Ebay to look at joker playing cards and spent I think around $50- $100. I actually bid on about 20 items but 4 of them seem to have been immediately buys or already closed.   Here's the playing cards that are headed my way.

BTW, in the lots of cards, there were at least three jokers that I thought were interesting. One of the fun things about buying jokers online is the photography of them is already done so I have more visual fodder for my collection.

Here's the jokers that I purchased today so far....

a lot of 8 playing card jokers bought on ebay
The new jokers for me are
(counting L to R, Row 1, then 2):
Numbers 1, 3, 5, 7 & 9

a lot of  7 playing card jokers bought on ebay
I have most, maybe all,
of these jokers already but they
 seemed good buy anyway

a lot of 3 liquor-related playing card jokers bought on ebay
Three liquor playing card jokers
They're all new to me!

2 ugly jokers bought on ebay
Ugly jokers, aren't they?
This time on Ebay looking at jokers made me wonder about the other modern media.  So I poked around on Twitter and found:  @PlayingCardBlog @PlayingCards @CardsCollector . There's probably a whole community of joker and playing card aficionados there and maybe a hashtag or two that I should figure out. I did start to look at their followers and there's one company that seems worth calling out, the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards

I don't have a Twitter handle dedicated to this topic so you can reach me as @VSpellCityMayor which is my day job (it greatly interferes with my passion for collecting). Actually, that's not altogether true in that I also collect vintage educational technology tools which has turned out to be perfect decorating theme for my high tech edtech company.  And I do have some jokers on the wall in my office and we did do a corporate deck of cards with our own characters as jokers.

For those who are wondering, my Ebay name is johnegood.  The fun in joker collecting for me is to do it without spending money. What this means is that I tend to spend about a $1 per new joker.    I do often spend more.  I have a hard upper limit of spending no more than $5 per new joker.  Unless of course I've been drinking in which case I might go wild and spend $10 for a particularly beautiful joker.  For me, the most beautiful jokers are the ones that do a clever variation on a theme.  Favorites might be:

My Favorite Jokers: Classic Playing Card Jokers

Jokers sitting cross legged

Actually, I'm going to have to think hard about my favorites.  Some of my favorite pages from the albums don't seem to show up on the website except in the joker card video...
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Friday, June 12, 2015

My Favorite Jokers: Classic Playing Card Jokers

These three are among my favorite playing card jokers. They're all classics or minor variations on joker classics.  On the far right, there's the jester bust with him holding his bauble or jester stick.  In the middle, there's the newly colorized Bicycle joker.  And on the left, there's a jester on the globe scattering cards all over. My favorites.
Three Classic playing card jokers
My favorite playing card jokers

The next one is a new one to my collection. He is just a very cool joker dude. His deck back is also very minimalist. I believe that he is one of the new collector decks that are being put out regularly by the US Playing Card Company.

 a very cool joker dude.

I think these two are amongst the most beautiful jokers. They also are faithful to the joker tradition using the card elements and the jester.  They are designed by Peter Word, a British article and card designer. They are from transformational decks.

Here are some more favorites.

This joker was designed by me. Not that I'm an artist or have skills. I sat with the designer and told her (Juliana) what I wanted. It's in the topsy turvy tradition where there is no upside own.   Note the variation on the traditional jesters wand or bauble: the cat has a mouse head and visa versa.

This cat and mouse are in the VSC Hangman Online Hangmouse game. Highly recommended!
Also in this post, I thought that I would call out some previous posts such as:

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Pinup Girlie Porn and Erotic Jokers

It is with mixed feelings that I share some of my racier jokers. Please pardon me if these offend you or if my pun does. Of course, if this offends you, please move on. I sort of agree with you but I'm an equal opportunity joker collector.

So here are my pin-up jokers, my girlie jokers, my erotic jokers, my glamor shot joker playing cards. I have quite a large collection of porn jokers but the original post is the one that i'm sticking with which featured the Asian pinup girl jokers.

(UPDATE  I just counted and I now have 85 jokers in this section - 9/23/2017).

Lets start with one page of nine different pretty Asian girl jokers. The girls are in bikinis, pinup style.

Pretty Asian Girls in Bikinis on Jokers
Pretty Asian Girls in Bikinis on Joker Cards

And then here is one girlie joker more that is not yet in my albums.  BTW, I probably have about 50 pinup jokers and girlie jokers of different levels of artsiness, explicitness, or porn-ness.

Girl in Bikini with a Car. Joker
Girl in Bikini With a Car on a Joker

If you've made it this far, I'm assuming you are not too offended by pornographic jokers.  So, except for the hard core porn jokers, here are my girlie and pornographic playing card jokers.

Astute observers might have noticed that I removed two images from this page. After it had been up for a few days, I started wondering how the "web", I guess I mean Google, treats blogs with "explicit" images and whether, with some of my pictures, I might be triggering a series of reactions that might hurt my site.  Rather than research it, I logged in and removed two pictures which were pretty explicit images of the top half of young attractive ladies.  I'd be surprised if any of the images that I have left up trigger problems with the rating of the site by the search engines and other arbitrators of websites.  But then, what do I know?

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Science Card Jokers

These playing card jokers are from a science deck of cards. The jokers feature Schrödinger's cat. Schrödinger's cat. Schrödinger's cat? Schrödinger's cat   is a thought experiment, sometimes described as a paradox, devised by Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger in 1935.[1] It illustrates what he saw as the problem of the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics applied to everyday objects. The scenario presents a cat which may be simultaneously both alive and dead,[2][3][4][5][6][7][8] a state known as a quantum superposition, as a result of being linked to a random subatomic event that may or may not occur. The thought experiment is also often featured in theoretical discussions of the interpretations of quantum mechanics.