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 ***

JANUARY 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.

FEBRUARY 2018

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.

MARCH 2018

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.

APRIL 2018

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.
Until then..... ENJOY this one.

MAY 2018

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.

JUNE 2018

Miriam couldn't 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 those.

This month's joker was a last moment's pick. We came across the complete deck, which has an international pattern, but the courts hold and sniff a package of Roxy cigarettes. The deck was printed by Biermans from Turnhout and it was published in the Netherlands to promote this brand around 1963. The advertising slogan reads "smelling Roxy is smoking Roxy", hence the sniffing courts. And the joker is also sniffing a pack of them.

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?

JULY 2018

We both had a lot on our plate this month, medically speaking, so we didn't get to spend much time on playing cards, eBay or social media like FB. Only in the last week of this month we picked up sorting out the last bits of the LB collection again. We sort of had to, because the monthly update was waiting and we had to find an interesting Deck of the Month and of course a joker for this spot. It wasn't a real surprise, but most of the decks that were left in the sheets were not that interesting. But fortunately we found a few interesting ones too.

So..... a rare oldie this time? You bet! We found this joker in an almost antique deck that was printed by the Kruckow-Waldorff company from Denmark. It was published as "Kruckow's Danske Spillekort No. 253" around 1925. The joker is quite unusual and we definitely had never even seen it before. So a good one to share here. ENJOY!

AUGUST 2018

Miriam is as well as possible at the moment and Joop has had his last medical treatment halfway this month, so we both could spend some time on sorting out the LB decks. It meant that we saw all the decks again, that we had set aside for ourselves. They are now sorted by country and we've started to compare them to the decks from those countries that we already have in our collection. Most of the new comers are decks that we can add. Some need assessing and will be (or have already been) exchanged, while others went directly into the boxes with new decks to add.

Our own collection of Lithuanian decks wasn't very large and we've found many decks to add. Three stood out by their remarkable designs. One has been appointed "Deck of the Month" and one has supplied the joker for this spot. 

The deck was printed by the Spinduly's Printing Co. from Kaunas, Lithuania, and published there as "Vaivorykste" (Rainbow) from around 1928 - 1940. This hard to find non-standard deck is also known among collectors as the "Höffische Spiel". So this month a rare, vintage, but especially cute joker.

 

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