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.
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