Saturday, October 7, 2017

Walgreens Playing Cards: Collectables!

I've recently joined some Facebook groups where the great collectors and connoisseurs of playing cards discuss their interest. Oddly, Walgreens has been mentioned a number of times as stocking at low prices ($4 to $6 each) a number of collectable level decks of playing cards.  So while I was running errands this morning, I stopped and bought 6 decks.


Walgreens Collectable Decks
Walgreen's Collectable Decks

The first one that I opened was the Emotion deck. It features two jesters with just the headshot (so they go in the headshot portion of the collection).  Here they are, classic jesters with just a little more nuanced emotion that one might find on a typical jester.



 As part of my education about card collecting, I'm now thinking that I should keep more info on the origin of each joker. I'm not entirely sure how to do this but I'll start by using blog for record keeping. The Emotion deck box and back are pictured below. The front of the cards are all black and face cards and aces are particularly beautifully decorated.

Emotion Deck of Cards


The second box that i opened was the Aurora deck. The two topsy turvy or mirror image jokers are below followed by the box and a picture of the back.  The face cards use the classic designs but with a new color scheme and the same double frame that is on the jokers.





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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Travel Jokers

I have around 56 jokers in the travel section of the joker collection.  The first nine deal with vintage modes of transportation, starting with a steam ship joker

Ship Joker
Ship Joker
Well not exactly a classic mode of transport, this rocketman is going someplace.
RocketMan Joker
RocketMan Joker

 I don't usually show the back of jokers but I thought this one was eye catching. It's the back of the clipped ship joker just above.  The guy is dark skinned in Turkish exotic dress. She seems sort of a flapper but in a long gown with a big feather.


New York Consolidate Card Co Joker
New York Consolidate Card Co Joker
Now some train jokers
Train Jokers
Train Jokers


This looks like a military ship.



Airplane Jokers
Airplane Joker

The next 9 jokers are pictured as a group. They feature globes or balloons or are otherwise spherical.
Balloon and Globe Jokers
Balloon and Globe Jokers

 Here's a set of 9 travel jokers either with maps or scenery.
Map Jokers
Map Jokers
More travel jokers to come including ones of the great sites of the world.