Playing Card Joker Collecting. I started to pay attention to jokers and have found them fascinating. I work in education and sometimes say that from anything, we can learn everything. I have particular fun trying to organize jokers, it's like the proverbial challenge of herding cats. Start with my organizational system . Truly. Amused by the jokers I am.
This is maybe the oldest of my Congress jokers, perhaps from 1908!.
Pink Congress Joker - Perhaps from 1908
Congress Playing Cards were first produced by the Russell & Morgan Company in 1881. They were one of the four original brands produced by Russell & Morgan. The others were Tiger (101), Sportsman (202), Army and Navy (303 and 505), and Congress (404 and 606). In 1891, the company changed its name to the US Playing Card Company. (Source: Wikipedia Article on USPCC Jan 18, 2018). The original joker from the Congress brand decks featured a Moon Fairie
October 2018 - This article went up in January 2018 and while i usually just update the old articles, this time I'm obscoleting this one and sending people to the newly updated post with a video about masks and theatric jokers.
The following jokers are all theatrical, mostly masks. Do you have any theatrical or masked jokers?
The Las Vegas casinos all publish their own cards with their own jokers. I would have thought how important cards are to their business that they would have invested a little more in the designs. The Luxor is one of my favorites from the casinos.
Luxor Casino Joker
The Harolds Club joker at least has some color and an interesting theme.
These jokers are pretty nice, I particularly like the one with the monkey. And the girls.
Yikes, what's going on with my scanner in this next picture? It's shmeered. I imagine I picked it up before it was finished scanning. Remind me to do it again if I forget.
The jokers below are duplicates. Want to trade? Just put your contact info in a comment and then I'll get back to you (I won't let your comment be seen publicly so your email won't be published). For references, there's a top row and numbers 1, 2, and 3 in each row, except the top row which only has 1 and 2. Got it?
NOTE - In row 2, both joker 2 and 3 have holes in them punched by the casino.
How many Elvis Presley jokers do I have in my collection? I think I'm up to 13 of the King.
The Elvis jokers are in the Real People section in the entertainer subsection. Here they are.
Elvis Collection: Jokers
And here is what the Elvis jokers look like in the collection. They are in the Real People jokers section, in the Entertainers subsection (versus the Politicians or Normal People subsections).
And here are their backsides.
This last shot is of what my dining room table looks like when I'm sorting my jokers.
Are there are more jokers with Elvis than with anyone else? Is he King of the Jokers? There are also a lot of jokers of Snoopy and the other Peanut characters. Also, there's a bunch of Batman jokers but of course, neither of them are real people like Elvis.