Sunday, October 1, 2023

Elephant Jokers - Subsection of Animals with Horns and Tusks

 There is a subsection in the animals that I call animals with horns and tusks.  It's not the catsdogs, flyers, monkeyshorses, or varmints.  

Brought this one back from the 52 Plus Joker Conference in Cleveland, Oct 2023.

Woolly mammoth?

Here's the ensemble shots with my 15 elephant jokers (not counting the topsy turvy elephant one above).

Next you should look through  the other animal sections of the joker collection.
    1. Ensemble Animal combinations (cats AND dogs)
    Animals: Flyers - Bee Boy
    Animals: Flyers - Bee Boy
    1. Cats  or  Dogs Now there's a big cat subsection! 
    2. Flyers:  Birds, OwlsBees,  Butterflies  & Dragons . Now there's a rooster & chicken subsubsection!
    3. Horses , zebras, donkeys, giraffes ...
      1. Fantasy horses: centaurs, unicorns, pegasus
    4. Monkeys, bears, and others with paws 
    5. Animals with antlers, horns, and tusks. And elephants (this article)
    6. Varmints - the annoying small wild animals
    7. Reptiles, amphibians, sea creatures  
A note on organizational systems of the animal kingdom.  My organization, which you can see above, is not strictly based on any biologically based system of organizing the genus and species of the animal kingdom. For instance, I have a broad category called flyers which includes bees (an insect), birds (closely related to dinosaurs and reptiles), owls, and bats. I have zebras and giraffes in the equestrian section (with horses, donkeys, and mules).  I am aware that this is very very wrong.

I am also aware that the organization of the animal kingdom by biologists is in flux and a source of much debate. There is the traditional organization which was largely based on the easily observable traits of animals and their skeletons. And now there are new systems emerging based on studies of the DNA of the animals. And there's the problem that the organization in use is largely arbitrary in its definitions of phylum and subphylum.

Lotsa Lady Jokers

 One group of real people jokers are the ladies.  This is not the European type ladies, this is the American ladies. The first is a favorite of mine. She has a simple powerful style with just a simple sketched outline an a Mondrian print on her dress.  She's looks like my Mom in the mid 60s where, having just left the USA for the first time and living in London, she went to Vidal Sasson and got a sassy new hairdo (which my brother and I mocked which I still feel bad about. In my defense, I was 7).

Here are the ensemble shots.  There are about 65.  This first pages skews very young. I mean most of these jokers have pictures of little girls on them.
Here's there is more of a mix of ages...

These are all grown ups and with a certain flair.

Just a reminder that a cardinal principal of joker collection organization is to keep pairs of jokers from the same deck together. On this next page, there are three pairs of jokers in which one is a women (which is why it is here) and the other is a man.

These next jokers are a little spicy. You might say they have spunk.

Related joker themes: 

Topsy Turvy Women. For instance: 

Women (and men) being sexy: the bikini girls (the essentials covered), illustrations, old fashionedAsian, and harder core.

Actress (and actor) jokers

Equipment for Storing and Displaying my Cards

 While this article might be useful to others, I'm writing it primarily to think through and understand my choices. It's about the equipment for storing and displaying my cards.  I seem to forget where to buy things and what my choices are so I'm doing (and sharing) a review of my choices.

Plastic Pages.  Most of my jokers are stored in three ring binders in pages with 9 pockets.  I've bought two types through the years: top loaders and side loaders. I prefer the top loaders.  I also have pages with little pockets for tiny cards.  I order them from Amazon:

Clear Cheap Light-weight Plastic Boxes - These come in my sizes and from many places. I use these a lot. I bought some from Apacali on Amazon. - This is a general purpose packaging site. While they have lots of different items, I'm talking about their clear lightweight plastic PET tuck boxes which can be bought in a variety of sizes and volumes.   

ClearBags also has protective sleeves for single cards.

Carat Cases - These are hard plastic cases which can be bought for single decks or for a set of decks. They fit together with neat magnets. These are the more upscale solution for storing cards.

I bought from a display case for 9 decks.  It's beautiful. It's $58.33 including tax and shipping. Here's what my display looks like:

Here's the PlayingCardDecks selection of carat cases.

Most of the carat cases come  from  You can order from them or any of a number of their distributors such as Murphy's Magic.    

Here's their price list from some point in time.

Carat Case Suggested Retail Pricing: 

Carat X1M Mini Deck Case                                           (R)   7.50

Carat X1 Single Deck Case:                                          (R) 10.00        

Carat XST Slip Tuck Single Deck Case:                        (R) 11.00

Carat XBC Single Deck Case:                                       (R) 13.00

Carat X2B Double Deck Back-to-Back Case:                (R) 14.00

Carat X2 Double Deck Case:                                     (R) 15.00

Carat X3: Triple Deck Case:                                       (R) 18.00 

Carat X4 Four Deck Case:                                         (R) 22.00 

Carat X5 Five Deck Case:                                          (R) 25.00

Carat X6 Half Brick Case:                                           (R) 22.00

Carat X8 Eight Deck (brick style) Case:                         (R) 25.00     

Carat X12 Brick Case:                                                   (R) 30.00

Carat X2x2 Four Deck Case                                          (R) 30.00

Carat X3x2 Six Deck Case:                                        (R) 32.00  

Carat X4x2 Eight Deck Case:                                     (R) 39.00 

Carat X4x3 Twelve Deck Case:                                  (R) 50.00

Carat XDR24 Deck Rack (24 decks)                              (R) 40.00

Carat XDR24L Deck Rack w/lid (24 decks)                    (R) 50.00

Carat B12 Bamboo Brick Box (12 decks)                       (R) 35.00

Carat B24 Bamboo Double Brick Box (24 decks)           (R) 60.00 

Carat DS1 Deck Sleeve (10 pack):                                (R) 6.00

Carat DS1 Deck Sleeve (50 pack):                                 (R) 28.00

Carat DS1L Deck Sleeve (5 pack):                                 (R) 4.00

Carat DS1 EDC Everyday Carry Sleeve (5 pack):          (R) 5.00 

Carat HB1A Custom Half Brick Box Sleeve (5 pack):     (R) 12.50

Carat BBS Custom Brick Box Sleeve (3 pack):               (R) 15.00

Carat HBB Half Brick Box (5 pack):                                 (R) 18.75

Carat FBB Brick Box (3 pack):                                         (R) 15.00

Wooden Display Case.  I've also bought a display case for 35 decks from 52 Kards for $35 that looks like its made of wood. It was a little tricky to assemble (no directions of anything) but I've ended up using it a lot.