The eight jokers below might appear at first glance to be the same. Can you identify the differences?
They are numbered with a full explanation about the details below the eight.
The credit (not the blame) for the inspiration about this section goes to Allen Potter of the FB Jokers Collector Club. He did a series of 10 posts about Bicycle jokers in Nov 2022 which trained me to see my Bicycle jokers with an enhanced attention to detail. BTW, please leave a comment at the end about your thoughts on this little game.
Joker 1 is cool in a few ways. The enlarged indices are part of it but so is the US address which predates the modern Zip code system (introduced in 1963).
Joker 2: The king has been replaced by Santa Claus with a sack on his back full of toys. Allen pointed this out and I found one with Santa in my collection that I hadn't noticed. He says that it was published as part of a special Christmas Edition 1993/1994. There are full sized images of this which I am now looking for. Some other differences to notice between 1 and 2 include the size of the corner indices, the font used for the word Guarantee, the wording of the Guarantee, and the address of the Guarantee.
Joker 4: The milestone has 88 on it which is less common. Usually, as on #3, it's 808 which refers to the Bicycle product line. The 88 refers to the enlarged corner indices. A milestone dates from Roman times when their roads including mile markers, on stones.
Joker 6. You'll need to look closely at the pictures to catch what's special about those three. Right above the milestone, there is a registered copyright notice (a little C in a circle). This is very unusual. Usually, there is either nothing or a registered trademark (a little R in a circle). I have no idea why this one has a copyright notice. But don't get me started talking about the difference between a copyright and trademark for a few reasons, one is that I only barely understand it..
Joker 7 has a little manufacturing number at the bottom, tiny text. Here is a link to the USPCC website where they explain how the codes indicate the year of manufacture which is usually on the ace of spades and sometimes on the joker. Note that the explanation does not in any way help explain these letters. 366 75. Stay tuned as I research it.
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Here's the Bicycle and USPCC history as written by themselves!
Or, go read about the history of the US Playing Card Company or another popular historic US Playing Card Company Brand: Congress Jokers).