JOKER OF THE MONTH
*** 2016 ***
Usually January is a slow month, but this month we had to spend a lot of time on changing pc's. Joop had bought a new one and it took up many hours to get all his programs and settings installed. So these hours couldn't be spend on Ebay or any of the other auction sites and only 5 decks found their way to our mailbox. It limited the number of jokers to choose from, so the choice was easily made again.
young girl still, but she must be in her seventies now. The joker comes
from a deck that was printed and published in Hungary between 1963 and
1965. It is known as Romikartya I and because it was only published for a
short time it's a rarely seen deck. We got it through Ebay, but it was
sold by a Dutch collector, who is slowly selling his pin-up collection.
Because Amsterdam is only a 20 minutes drive away, we decided not to trust
the Dutch mail carrier with this deck, but to pick it up ourselves.
There were not many packages in our mailbox this month. In the first weeks Miriam had a relapse and needed much of Joop's attention. Together with the usual household chores he didn't have much time left to search for playing card. Neither at flea markets, nor on the internet. Fortunately the medication got Miriam up and about again and in the last weeks we have found some nice or rare decks on Ebay and the Dutch Markplaats site again, but those with great jokers are still on their way and you'll probably see one of them on this spot here then.
This joker, clearly a Piatnik one, came with a deck that we found on the Dutch auction site. It was published as "Whist 147", probably in the late 1920's, and it's part of a series of luxury editions, which Piatnik has published as "Allerfeinste Pracht-Ausgaben". We already have a deck with the same luxury pattern on the courts, but that one was published by the Perry Co. from Amsterdam as a 32 cards deck, with the special Perry card (often seen as a joker) added.
The joker looked very familiar, but when we checked all our Piatnik decks and single jokers, we only found some close look-alikes but not this one. So unexpectedly we could add a new joker to our collection and as there was hardly any competition this month we decided to show it here. Enjoy or maybe check your own joker collection. If it's there, than at least you'll know where it came from.
Sometimes your mind is pre-occupied with other issues than looking for new decks. Miriam is still struggling with her health and she spent about two-and-a-half week in hospital this month. Joop completely forgot about the large collectors fair in Nieuwegein this month. As that was the only interesting event, the new decks had to come from the internet again. The Dutch site didn't bring anything at all, but we bought a modest number of new decks from the French, American and German Ebay, so our postman rang more than twice this month.
There was one deck that we had been expecting eagerly and it arrived on the 5th of this month. It has a great vintage joker and normally we would have shown it here, but as we don't like to show cards twice on the DXPO site you'll have to visit our Deck of the Month to see it.
So we picked this lovely lady joker to show here this month. She comes from an American deck with non-standard courts, that was probably used as a promotional publication for a fashion shop, although there's no name or any other reference on the box and cards. It's a bit of a mystery deck, so there's nothing we can tell you about this joker. We just hope that you'll enjoy her as much as we do.
The month started relatively relaxed. On the 12th Miriam celebrated her birthday, not with the usual grand party for friends, but we had dinner at the local top restaurant and as the weather was sunny and warm, we could enjoy our food on the outside terrace overlooking the river Zaan.
The weather was sunny during two weekends and that persuaded Joop to visit some outside flea markets again. They didn't bring anything interesting, so the internet had to help out again. It brought us our Deck of the Month. But no decks with interesting jokers.
Last month one
deck arrived that we helped funding through Kickstarter. This month no less
than 4 different decks from Kickstarter projects have arrived. Usually they
appear in small editions of 2000 - 3000 copies and are regarded as collectable
single jokers from these decks are not often found.
There hasn't been an antique or vintage joker here for several months now. Somehow all the older decks so far have been 32 cards decks or were never issued with a joker. So a modern one again this month.
It's the Russian joker, that came with a beautiful designed deck about the Trans Siberia Express train. There are two versions, a Russian one and an English one. Both decks have Russian indices on the courts and aces. But it's not only the language used for the text on the box that makes the difference. The decks only have one joker each, but they are quite different in design. This joker comes from the English version. The deck was published by Galerie Schweigert in 2015 as a luxury deck on smooth card with solid gold edges all around.
We found this deck -among others of course- at the annual collectors meeting at the National Playing Card Museum in Turnhout, Belgium. Besides seeing the Belgian, French and other Dutch collectors again, we will always find something interesting there too. This time it also brought us our Deck of the Month, again an antique deck that was never published with a joker, but nevertheless well worth a visit, if you can spare the time.
No visits to flea or antique markets this month, so we had only the internet to provide us with some new decks for the collection. There wasn't enough time to wade through the vast offer on the American Ebay, but we did follow some of the other Ebays. For us the American Ebay lost a lot of its attraction when that special Ebay shipping and customs program was introduced. A complete rip-off, of which only Ebay will profit and they are unfolding this business scheme in other countries now too.
It wasn't a bad
month and we were able to add some interesting non-standard decks. Most of
them were modern ones, but we were very pleased with 2 antique decks by the
Speelkaartenfabriek Nederland. One came from the Dutch auction site, but the
other one was offered to Joop in response to a wanted ad on our Dutch playing
cards museum site. It came out of the blue. The ad had been there since
January 2012 and this was the first reaction.
So a modern one again here. This seemingly headless joker wears special sneakers and the red sole should indicate that the deck was published by Christian Louboutin, a creator of "haute chausure" and famous for the fact that all his shoes have a red sole. It came with a nicely designed non-standard deck, of course with a red soled creation on each of the courts and aces.
Again no visits to
local markets, but that was compensated by a first visit to the largest
outside brocante fair in Temploux, Belgium. We had never visited that market,
although we knew of its existence since the end of the last century. Miriam
still isn't well enough to come along, so Joop spent the night before on his
own in a small, nearby hotel. Somehow these markets start early in the morning
and it's a 4 hour drive from where we live, so spending a night nearby was the
only option. But it was a nice and rewarding visit, as it brought us a few new
decks for our collection, of which one made it as Deck of the Month.
Anyway, this month's joker is a modern one again and it was designed by the Belgian comic artist "Herr Seele" (Peter van Heirseele) and shows his favorite character, Cowboy Henk.
Finally a vintage
joker again on this spot, although we had to wait until the last day of this
month to become the owner. We had followed the offer on several auction sites
and even had been successful in acquiring a couple of decks there. Some came
with one or more jokers, others were 32 card decks.
We bought the deck, in which we found this joker, from a Danish collector. The deck was printed in offset by the English manufacturer Alf Cooke, but was only published in Denmark. It dates from around 1936. On the backs the Danish D.D.P.A., a company of oil products, is advertised. But of course for this spot we show the front of the card. ENJOY!
It seems that the time that Joop visited local flea markets has gone for ever. He didn't even bother to check if there were any this month. However, he's looking forward to the two big events that are on next months agenda. Both are collectors fairs, but the Verzamelaarsbeurs and the Verzamelaars Jaarbeurs can be described as big and bigger and the offer as modestly priced and expensive. They will be held in two consecutive weekends, so Joop has pulled out his most comfortable sneakers, but still fears the hurting hips, knees and ankles after long days of walking around. But hopefully he'll bring back some good finds to sweeten the pain.
It was a bit of a
slow month for new decks and so the choice of jokers was very limited too. We
did follow the auctions on different Ebays and we did bid on several antique
decks, but didn't win any of them. Fortunately we did win a nice vintage
French card game, which held a deck of cards that could be used for any card
game too. It didn't have jokers though.
We wouldn't call this month slow. There were two big events, a busy social life and.... oh yes, Joop officially became a pensioner. No big party though. He hasn't celebrated his birthday any more since 1976 and although that's a lustrum by itself, he didn't want to celebrate that either. Just the usual intimate dinner for two at a nice restaurant suits him best.
But he did well on the events. The first one was a large collectors fair in Nieuwegein and that brought us -among others- a Dutch deck by the Speelkaartenfabriek Nederland that had been in the top three of our wish list for years. So the first weekend already made it for the whole month. The second event was a week later. It's the largest collectors bourse in the Netherlands (at the Jaarbeurs, Utrecht) and this event also brought us a deck by that same manufacturer. It was a pattern variation that we also didn't have yet. Not very spectacular in design, but still a much appreciated addition.
So were did this joker here come from? There were two packages from the US that arrived shortly after each other. The first had the latest Uusi deck, an advertising one of which only 250 copies were made available to the general public, and the second package held a deck that we helped funding in a Kickstarter campaign. This deck was designed by Wylie Beckert. It's titled "The Wicked Kingdom" and has 2 jokers. We chose this one.
Because December is always a busy month, it was a rather slow month for new decks or jokers. We didn't have much time to follow the different Ebay's, although the American Ebay brought us two very interesting decks, of which one made it to Deck of the Month. Alas, both never came with a joker.
At the Dutch collectors meeting in Kerkdriel, Joop did more selling than buying for a chance. Always nice, but no good news for the joker collection. He brought home 0 (zero) jokers!
We've been a
member of the local "klaverjas" club for many years, playing that
game once a week from September to May. The other members there know that we
collect playing cards and jokers, so sometimes they bring us jokers and
occasionally a deck. Most of the time these are all very common jokers, but
every once in a while they surprise you with a new one for the collection. And
fortunately this happened earlier this month.
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