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Tuesday, July 13, 2010


As a change of pace, I thought I'd share my collection of Joker cards. I've been collecting Jokers on and off for almost 20 years. This obsession started in high school when I found a lone tatty Joker on the bituman...

This is the one that started it all. I thought it looked pretty cool, so I carried it in my wallet for years. I couldn't say whether or not Brian Froud actually drew this or authorised it, but it's an almost identical copy of a character from one of his illustrations in Master Snickup's Cloak. This Joker is quite common.

The following two pages are very common. I get sick of finding these. I have far more doubles than what's shown here...

The Joker down the bottom of the next one page has got to be the worst, dodgiest one from my collection. Clearly the head is taken from the top one, but is that Sonic The Hedgehog's body? Makes sense...
I've never kept a running total of money spent on this hobby, that would be sobering. I'm not as obsessive about collecting as I used to be. I used to dedicate whole Saturdays driving around every antique shop and op shop in search of new Jokers. I wasn't always greeted with hospitality when asking cranky biddies to open cabinets so I could flick through a dozen decks of cards. Though others are quite amiable and understanding, and even offer to call me if they find anything of interest. These days I tend to just buys decks as I come across them, instead of actively seeking them and dedicating too much time (and money) to it. A lot of my Jokers have been donated too, since it is usually the least missed cards from the deck.

I tend to collect any and every type of Joker, good and bad, expensive and cheap.

Sometimes very cheap...


  1. I am collector of jokers from Poland.
    I would like to suggest exchange of jokers.
    I invite on my website with dublets jokers and deks for exchange :
    > > http://szlemik.bloog.pl/

    Greetings - Andrzej .

  2. My adress...


    On http://szlemik.bloog.pl
    I have jokers for exchange.

    (Jolanta..... my wife.)