Saturday, June 26, 2021

Adobe Playing Cards 1988

Adobe Systems published a deck in1988 to show off the power of Postscript and Display Postscript. One of the  jokers made it onto the poster created byThe United States Playing Card Company Playing Card Museum in 1991.


Because this deck is a collectors item, I keep the jokers with the deck. I’ll put a photocopy of these jokers in my collection. Where? They’ll go in the garage art section, digital subsection. 








art section, digital subsection. 

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Buying Old Jokers Requires Buying Old Decks

I recently decided that as part of collecting old American jokers, I should when necessary buy and collect the old deck. Here’s what I’ve bought so far. 

Perfection! This is my favorite! I wanted this Perfection joker as part of trying to collect all the jokers on the Card Museum Joker Poster (Row 5, Column B). He's listed a Hartford Safety Bike. Perfection Playing Card Co. c 1895.
This deck is listed in Hochmans's  PU2 Top-Top #350, page 118. Philadelphia, c 1887. And I quote: The cards in this deck look slightly later than PU1. It came with at least three different Jokers. We have found several Perfection decks in special boxes for R. H. Stearns & Co., Engravers and Stationers, Boston, with the Perfection brand name and number on the ends of the boxes.

The Wild Frontier. I like this Frontier joker and Picket deck by USPC despite how warn and ratty it is. He's US30a Picket #515 on page 51 of Hochman. 


Brownies.  This deck is thrilling, it's named after the Palmer Cox Brownies who are often featured on jokers. If you don't know about the Brownies, take a few minutes and learn about them. They were very popular little characters whose name lives on this third millenium as the Brownies (young girl scouts) and as the name of the fondly remembered easy to use Brownie Camera.  The deck is by the American Playing Card Co of Kalamazoo MI, I need to check on its relationship with the National Card Playing Company also of Kalamazoo.

 

This next deck is Waldorf #240. A Dougherty, NY c1909. I bought the deck as part of getting my hands on that joker who is in the first row in the poster, almost on the far right. 





Here are the decks that I bought from  the Coin Up Auction, May 29 2021 from a Potter and Potter Auction.  (note that I'm using their quality photos instead of my own). The auction was

  Two English Tobacco Advertising Decks. Including Old English Curve Cut Pipe Tobacco (52 + J + EC + OB), gilt edges, near fine. – Manikins Cigars (52 + J), coupon slip laid in, good/very good, box worn. Lot 343 for $80.

Page Dairy Co. Advertising Playing Cards. Circa 1910s. 48 (complete) + J + EC + OB. Advertising pinochle deck for the Toledo-based dairy. Advertising joker (“Kleen-Maid” Ice Cream), box, AS, and backs; extra card depicts company buildings across Ohio. Deck with some wear from handling; box rubbed and skinned.




 E.C. Atkins Saws Advertising Playing Cards.
Circa 1900s. 52 + J + EC + OB. Advertising deck for the Indianapolis based saw company. Cartoonish advertising illustration on joker with rhyming slogan; advertising on extra card, backs, AS, and box. Gilt edges (rubbed on higher/euchre cards). Old writing on EC. Generally very good. Lot 372 bought for $100.

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Have Old Decks to Trade!

I initially thought that I generally wanted some old American decks but it turns out, I don’t much like the decks if they don’t have  jokers in them. Below are two here that I’d like to trade away. I'm looking either for old American decks with jokers or more specifically, for any of the decks with jokers that I don't yet have from the Joker Poster. 

This first one is a Hart deck bought from Phil Bollhagen in 2020. It's Samuel Hart NY 41 in Hochman c1875.  c. 1855.  Hochman P55. Good condition 51/52.  (missing the 6 of spades)  Single-ended courts used in Faro decks.  No joker issued as faro decks (gamblers) did not use a joker.  in the original playing card case.  Hochman's values--  $400-$250-$175.  it's quite rare. The purchase sale price was $250

 

Another deck with no joker that I’d like to trade on. It’s also a USPC Picket deck with an original case. He looks to me like US30 Picket3515 on P101 of Hochman.

Reproductions of Old Desks - These actually old decks are not not to be confused with modern reproductions of the old decks, of which I have a number below. They are mostly self explanatory.


Five Reproductions of Old Decks

 

I Have Some Old Decks to Trade or Sell!

I initially thought that I generally wanted some old American decks but it turns out, I don’t much like the decks if they don’t have  jokers in them. Below are two here that I’d like to trade away. I'm looking either for old American decks with jokers or more specifically, for any of the decks with jokers that I don't yet have from the Joker Poster. 

This first one is a Hart deck bought from Phil Bollhagen in 2020. It's Samuel Hart NY 41 in Hochman c1875.  c. 1855.  Hochman P55. Good condition 51/52.  (missing the 6 of spades)  Single-ended courts used in Faro decks.  No joker issued as faro decks (gamblers) did not use a joker.  in the original playing card case.  Hochman's values--  $400-$250-$175.  it's quite rare. The purchase sale price was $250

 

Another deck with no joker that I’d like to trade on. It’s also a USPC Picket deck with an original case. He looks to me like US30 Picket3515 on P101 of Hochman.



More decks that I have, these I like and am keeping!













Money Bag Jokers

These jokers, recently recognized as a separate section within the jokers with weapons section, are published by Piatnik of Vienna.  But that's all I know.

This first one is holding his money bag up high, he had a card (ace of hearts) in his other hand, and his sword is sheathed.  Note the nice mustache, boots, hat, and face.  We don't know how much money he has. There are also jokers like this with 1000 on the money bag (I don’t have any of them) and 1,000,000 on them (I have one of them).

This money bag joker has two bags of a thousand each. His sword is smaller, it's really more of a dagger. He is also a Jolly Joker.  He has a fancy feather stuck in his hat. His hat and breeches are of a matching gold color.

 
This money bag joker has the coins spilling out of his bag. We can see three cards in his other hand. His sword is also in its sheath.  His clothese couldn't be more fancy. He differs from a number like him by either the indices in the corner (red stars in this case), the background behind the guy, and the colors of his pants, shirt, hair, and hat. Some are a little subtle.

 
It is unlikely that this is also by Piatnik although it pays homage to them without being a rip-off (in my opinion). 



Here’s the ensemble shots of these jokers. As of this writing, 6/2021, there are 24 money bag jokers.


money bag jokers with swords






A note on organization of the collection. The money bag jokers are a subsection of the jokers with weapons section. This fighter section has not been updated online. Also, it has grown way too large with  so I need to keep break it up. Splitting out the money bag is a first step. Further steps to breaking it up: perhaps distinguishing between jokers with guns versus jokers with older weapons. Other ideas?

Here’s six moneybaggers that are dancing (with no wands). They’re in the dancing section because what they are doing is more important than what they’re holding. 




Money bags as a theme? There's also a  set of jokers in the Americana People Joker section which relates to a different type of money bag types, should they be here?
 
Want to see more jokers: