Answer - Very much a Work In Progress - I'm playing around with this idea for a sort of Google docs spreadsheet based database.
|Where did this come from again?|
I'd like an easily updated system which somehow sits on the computer (hopefully in the cloud) and which links to my physical collection. I'd also like to have it available online, perhaps part of this blog or a new system, so that other collectors can help contribute to it and use it
I also want it to help me keep track of duplicate jokers for trading purposes. Right now, the duplicates either get slipped in behind the original in the albums, kept in boxes by category, or left in a big pile for sorting.
Any ideas? I just started looking around by looking for some sort of image matching software and I'm looking right now at Bolide, image matching software.
One second generation collector, Tom van Berkum, sets a high standard for his information on each joker. Each joker gets this sort of description:
"Patience 12223" - A.G. Müller, Neuhausen, Switzerland > 1960. 52 cards + 2 jokers + 1 blanco. 61 x 43 mm. GvB0764
Which he explains like this:
When I post a joker or deck I always try to mention the name or brand of the deck. In this case: Patience 12223. Second I mention the manufacturer: A.G. Muller. Then city/Country and year: Neuhausen, Switzerland after 1960. Then: number of cards in the deck: 52 plus two jokers 1 one extra,blanco, card. Then the size of the cards in millimeter: 61x43 mm. The code GvB0764 refers to the initials of my father and the number in his collection. This was deck 764 he obtained. After his passing away in 2008 I decided to keep this system of organising. All the info of the deck he kept in a database. That is my main source of info and he was very accurate 🧐
What I don't understand is where to keep this info and in what format (also of course how I'm going to gather it for the 3K plus jokers that I already have assembled):
- Should I have a big text file on the computer with a description and picture of each joker?
- Should I print out a page from this text file for each page in my collection? (ie keep them in groups of 9)
- Is there some database system that would be useful for this?
- Should I take an image archiving system, say Flikr or Google images or shutterfly, and add a description of each joker? It turns out there are image management packages.
- Maybe the image matching software is the right way to start?
- Maybe each print out isn't by page it's by section of the joker collection
Joker Organization Today: My jokers in pages, in sections, inside three ring binders.
|Card Collecting Albums|
For example, here's a page of jokers sitting on barrels, it's one of eleven pages of jokers sitting. Other sections in sitting including sitting on the crescent moon, seated sideways (like Owlman), and sitting cross-legged (like the Piatnik). The sitting section is one of two in a medium size three ring binder.
|Jokers on Barrels|
|Crescent Moon Joker Backs|
|Jokers Sitting on Crescent Moons|
|Seated on Barrel Joker Backs|
But this blog is also part of the organization with some fascinating descriptions of jokers but no real way to retrieve or find it. Examples:
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