This site was initiated and created by Miriam van Houten and Joop Muller (a.k.a. jopo). We have been together since 1975 and 10 years later we moved from Amsterdam to Zaandijk, a small town just above Amsterdam. In 1996 we started to seriously collect playing cards and since 1998 we have maintained a website about this hobby. In 2004 we have continued that website under our new domain name,, with more Mb's available than ever before. Since then our site has just grown bigger and bigger. On the 1st of each month there's an update with new additions and/or expositions (xpo's). Their number depends on our available spare time, but there will at least be a new Deck of the Month and a new Joker of the Month each time.
Sadly Miriam van Houten has passed away on February 11, 2019 (see DECK of the MONTH 02/2019). Although Miriam's presence and input here will be greatly missed, the site will remain to be designed and monthly updated by me.

On the site you'll also find special sections about jokers and playing card ephemera. For many years we have been selling duplicate decks on eBay to sustain our hobby for the greater part. We are not rich, so we've tried to make our hobby as self-supporting as possible. That includes not only the new decks that we've bought, but also the costs of the website, club contributions and the fees for conventions, fairs and collectors meetings that we attend.

However, the main purpose of this site is to show the visitors a large variety of decks from our collection, often related to certain topics, and to hopefully pass on our passion for these small printed pieces of card to other people too. By sharing my knowledge about playing cards, I hope that more people will be interested in sharing this hobby in the future.