JOKER OF THE MONTH
Started in March 2004, there will be
a new "joker of the month" added to this xpo each month.
The shown joker presents the best one that came to us in that month.
Each year we'll start with a clean sheet, but previous years will remain on xpo.
*** 2018 ***
Although the deck, from which this joker comes, didn't even make it to the shortlist for Deck of the Month, the joker only had a few others to compete with. Most of the decks that we could add to our collection were antique ones that were never issued with a joker. Although we did find 2 old SN jokers, a "little devil" with "de joker" on it and a "farmers boy", those were not new for us as image and we kept them only because they had a different back than the ones that we already had in our collection. We collect the different backs by SN too.
So it was between this joker and 4 jokers that came with the NEO deck by Montenzi.NZ from New Zealand and the 4 different jokers that came with two decks that were published as "Alexandre Dumas Classics" by Bona Fide Playing Cards from Spain. Both were Kickstarter projects that we had backed in 2017, but the decks arrived this month.
Well, as you can see, this one won. There were 4 exactly the same jokers in this deck, that was published by Singapore Air, probably in 2016. The fact that there are 4 jokers, could mean that the decks were printed in Malaysia. Anyway, we thought that this character had all the ingredients of a real joker and the ones from the other modern decks didn't.
A very quiet month in terms of new acquisitions. There were no collectors meetings or large flea markets, so we had to rely on the internet. But neither eBay nor the Dutch auction site had any really interesting decks for us in their offer. In the end there were only 3 new decks, of which 2 had one or more jokers.
Because the vintage French pin-up deck will be shown in the Pinup & Erotica section next month, the 2 accompanying jokers were out of competition and there was only one joker left.
However, we bought the complete Dieudonné deck just for the joker. The pattern is a standard Belgian-Genoese, but the deck also came with the original wrapper and tax band and that was a nice extra too. The tax band was in use between 1926 and 1938, so we've dated the deck as around 1930.
So this month there was no actual choice to be made. Hopefully next month will bring us more jokers to choose from.
A random choice this month. We have acquired a very large collection of playing cards and it will take us months to process that and integrate the new decks into our own collection. We've only been at it for less than 2 weeks and we've already seen some marvelous vintage or antique jokers that came with equally marvelous decks.
So there was a problem this month, but we decided to take the first joker that we would find in a random chosen folder and that would surprise us in some way. Well, this one came up.
We had not seen this version of the company joker before. He comes with a deck that was printed by Handa from Denmark and published as a special design of the Rhineland pattern around 1965.
More jokers from the acquired collection will probably be shown here below in the coming months. I doubt that we will be buying any single jokers in the coming months and not many new decks either.
A hectic month, due to the ongoing sorting out of our newly acquired collection. A good number of decks were new to our own collection and some of them had jokers that we had never seen before. We could fill a whole page with them. Might be a good idea to finally create a new Joker xpo again. Next month?
Although we have found older ones, this one is just a good example of such a never seen before joker. He came with a deck that had some lovely courts, designed by Edward Sorel in a caricaturist style. The deck was published by NBC Television Network in 1960. It was not meant to be handed out to viewers, but used as a gift to advertisers on the network.
We'll probably be
busy sorting out more new decks in May too, so we'll present an other new
found joker here next month again.
As said, we're still in the process of sorting out the newcomers and, as expected, there were some treasures again this month. We already have 3 shoe boxes full of new decks for us and 3 more to check if they are an improvement of what we already have. Most of the new decks are antique ones and most of them were never issued with a joker.
But here's a nice joker from a German deck by a small printing firm, Wesel & Naumann. The deck was published as "Finest Wenau Poker Playing Cards" around 1925. "Wenau" obviously is a contraction of WEsel & NAUmann. Apparently the deck was made for the English or American market. The texts are all in English, the deck came in a sliding box and the pattern is based on the Anglo-American pattern, but definitely doesn't follow the pattern rules. The outline around the joker even reminds us of an antique American joker.
Although we've already sorted out many folders, there are still some 15 folders left. So that will keep us busy for at least an other month. But it's fun to come across decks that we've never seen before and every once in a while that happens. Hopefully we'll come across some nice jokers in June and can present another stunning one again next month.
attend the Collectors Day at the National Playing Card Museum in Turnhout,
Belgium, this year. A pity, because there are always Belgian and Dutch joker
collectors there too with a vast offer to trade. Joop didn't buy any single
jokers. When he does, it usually turns out that Miriam already has about half
of them, so we just have more jokers to trade and we already have plenty of
It's not the stunning old joker that we had hoped for, but given the fact that we both had very little time to spend on playing cards, the options were limited and we settled for this one. Maybe next month a rare oldie again?
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