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.
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 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.
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)
Potter and Potter Auction
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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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
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|
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