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.

We are not poor, but not rich either, so we've tried to make our hobby as self-supporting as possible by selling the duplicate decks that we found during our visits to antique or flea markets, here in the Netherlands or on vacation. But it didn't cover the expenses, which include not only the decks that we bought, but also the costs of the website, club contributions and fees for conventions, fairs and collectors meetings that we attend. We have always enjoyed the socializing and exchange of knowledge with other collectors at the local collector meetings as well as at the international conventions of the IPCS and 52+Joker club.

However, the main purpose of this site is to show the visitors decks from our collection, often related to certain topics in the xpo's, and so present the large variety of designs in new, vintage and antique decks. I hope it will show our passion for these small printed pieces of card and pass it on to other people too. By sharing my knowledge about playing cards, I hope that more people will get interested in this specific hobby, especially those of the younger generation. There are other cards than MtG or Pokemon cards and they too have a story to tell.