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.
*** 2020 ***
A new year and the downsizing of our collection has finally begun. This means going through boxes with decks that still had to be processed, deciding which would stay and which would be sold/swapped. Besides our new Deck of the Month this Joker of the Month comes from a deck that will stay in our collection.
a rarely seen Finnish deck, that was printed and published by Abo-Turk in
1941. The courts are done in an Art Deco like style. The used card is not
of high quality due to the scarceness of paper, caused by WW II.
was a large collectors bourse during the last weekend of the month. It
is held twice a year and I go there on both occasions. Officially the
bourse is only on Saturday and Sunday, but on Friday the sellers get a
chance to put their stuff on the stalls and collectors get a chance to
attend at a slightly higher entry fee. I usually go on Friday and
modern joker this time. I came across it when I was sorting out some
Italian decks with the nowadays usual question.... to stay or to go. So
this one got to stay. There was a second joker, a different one, but I
liked the colours of this one better. They both came in a deck that was
designed by Ugo Nespolo and published by the R.A.I. in Italy in 1997.
The deck was printed by Dal Negro from Treviso.
I'm a member of a few different Facebook groups about playing cards. Since a few days there's a new group, that deals with counterfeit decks, false jokers and other misbehaviour in the playing cards world. I had written a short story about the Russian publisher MAK who shamelessly copies artwork from the internet and turns the pictures into decks. One of the members asked me to show the Olympus deck by Wolfgang Behrend. I had been in contact with the artist between 2010 and 2013 and had written that Wolfgang (1944 - 2015) had pictures of cards on his website, showing complete decks there. But one of these decks hadn't been published yet, as Wolfgang was still looking for a German printer for this deck. In one of our last contacts I could tell him that this Olympus deck had already been printed and published in Russia..... by MAK.
When I was scanning the courts from this deck for that member I realized that the joker (one of 2 similar designed ones) was not often seen and although from a rogue deck, still worth showing here. I'm a bit lazy! Sorry.
don't know how it is in other countries, but here in the Netherlands our
"intelligent" lockdown means that only people in "vital"
functions are still allowed to work. Bars, restaurants, nail salons and many
other small businesses have been ordered to close down. If possible people
work from home, but there are a lot of people at home without a job to go to.
Schools are still closed, so the kids are at home following classes on a
3 decks this month, of which two were never published with a joker and the
third one had a standard CM joker. So I had to find another source. In one of
the Facebook groups about playing cards I show a different deck each day since
April 2: "the lockdown series". Last week I had to find the
jokers to go with the Cashmere deck by Piatnik. I knew what they looked like
and that they would be in a holder that Miriam named "heads". I
found them, but while strolling through the sheets I saw a good number of
jokers that I couldn't remember seeing before. I showed a few of them in the
Joker Collectors group on FB.
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