This deck was inherited from ancestors, it has has a family history surrounding it. Details of the lives of previous owners make it all so fascinating.
I suppose people collect for different reasons, rarity, quality, ingenuity of design, sentimental value... by Tony Hall.
Case Study: using detective work to identify and date a pack discovered in charity shop.
I collected playing cards when I was in primary school, by Jan Walls.
This is an archive list of my collection. I hope it will be of use and interest to others.
Chinese playing card makers have probably produced the widest variety of jokers of any single part of the world.
A brief look at the number cards used in standard English packs.
A brief survey of some of the current variation in the standard English pattern.
Interview with Tom and Judy Dawson from 52 Plus Joker. Chatting about the history of playing cards, uses of cards and collecting.
Dating is a particularly tricky but very interesting problem to tackle and there are many pitfalls.
A number of mixed packs appear for sale from time to time, but it's important to sort out what is meant by the term mixed. It is an issue that is not as straightforward as it might seem.
Notions like rarity and monetary value are slippery customers and need careful handling. And there are still plenty of misleading descriptions on eBay - as well as looney prices!
There are some unusual designs in playing cards, even the shape of the card.
A fascinating collection that was the basis of a lot of research that we still benefit from today.
This is a personal account of some of my experiences collecting playing cards.
The 'Joker' is believed to have been invented by American Euchre players who, when modifying the rules sometime during the 1860s, decided that an extra trump card was required.
Standard playing cards are based upon traditional designs and are used for card games.