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 got so far. 

Perfection - Jolly Joker c1895
Tourists by Russell & Morgan c1896. Value: $500-$600
Waldorf Welcoming Lady - The Brothel Deck

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 the 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.

Tourist Deck. I bought this one for $430 from Jason, Dec 2022. I have the entire deck including one joker and the original box. It is copyright 1886: Russell & Morgan Pt'g Co (sic). How's this for a charming joker, what do you make of that facial hair? And should I put him in the traveling section (but where?) or if the animal section, equestrians?  Answer: animal horse section!

 The Tourists deck is listed on P91 of Hoffman, US9 Tourists #155.  "`Tourists were graded between Tigers and Sportsmans. Quoting from an 1887 advertisement, "They are a happy medium between unenameled cards (Tigers and Steamboats) and enameled cards (from Bicycles upward), having the finish of the former and the same style back as the latter. Each pack is in a neat truck box.'" Here's the ace of spaces.

Here's the picture on the box

The back of the cards

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

What is this deck? Can anyone help identify era, geography, and publisher?

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 millennium 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.

 Here’s a link to my survey of my decks with these three imps or brownies.

Waldorf Welcoming Lady - The Brothel Deck. This next deck is Waldorf #240. A Dougherty, NY c1909. I bought the deck as part of getting my hands on that joker who on the poster is in the first row almost on the far right.  (Hoffman lists P79 AD47 Waldorf #230, c1915)

What is this? Another old deck that I acquired but don't know much about. Help?

What is this?
I think the jokers as cups are a thing since I've seen it mentioned but I don't know much about it. I should probably take out my Hochman's and get this figured out. 

Potter and Potter Auction

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.

<where's the picture?>

I Have some Old American 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. It’s  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 away. 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 - The actually old decks above  are not not to be confused with these modern reproductions  below of the old decks, of which I have a number. They are mostly self explanatory.

Five Reproductions of Old Decks

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

Thanks for visiting. Want to see more jokers?  This site has many thousands of them. Also, there's sections that are organized by publishers although I'm primarily a thematically visual collector. Here's a series of articles looking at my older American jokers (all of which need work):
- Dougherty jokers
- NYCC jokers
USPC Jokers including Bicycle, Congress  
National Card Company and Perfection too 
- Kalamazoo and Russell 
- Standard

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?
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