A pack of 52 hand-drawn Jokers by an unknown artist with the monogram B or β. Each one imitates a well-known joker playing card from around the world. For some collectors the joker is the most interesting card because it is different from the rest of the pack. It is the ‘wild-card’. Thus it is an opportunity for creativity and humour. See a history of the Joker here►
Cards slanted to the right, issued to mark George W. Bush’s second term of office.
Pack promoting Beaujolais wine published by Editions du Nuton, France.
Comic Fortune-Telling Cards published by Reynolds & Sons, c.1850.
Comic Question & Answer cards by Josh. Reynolds & Sons, circa 1850.
Black Peter card game designed by Willy Mayrl for Piatnik.
“Werbung die Sticht” deck with artwork by Fritz Bünzli to promote advertising on playing cards by AG Müller 1982.
Baracca & Burattini puppetry deck printed by Dal Negro, 1998.
Crikey! Classic British Comics playing cards published by Bird Playing Cards, 2013.
Forfeits party card game by Merit Games, J & L Randall Ltd, c.1950.
Pranks & Mimics for the Party, 1950s.
Christmas Playing Cards published by Novelty Playing Cards, Syracuse, New York, 1986.
Delightful comical deck designed by Loriot, the German cartoonist and comedian, 1973.
Railway Stations quartet game illustrated by Wim Dolk and published by Servex BV, Utrecht, 1975.
Handmade Black Peter cards.
Hungarian Drinking Skat, c.2004.
One Penny Card Games, 1920s.
One Penny Card Games, 1900-1910, mostly anonymous 'Snap' games and made in Germany.
Ups and Downs humorous card game published in UK by A. N. Myers, c.1885.
Inspector card game published by W F Jackson & Sons, 1940s.
Biff! Bang!! Wallop!!! family card game published by H.P. Gibson & Sons Ltd, 1939.
Capilettor cartoon playing cards published by VASS, Leinfelden, 1978.
Who’s Who or Food for Thought, a wartime card game, c.1939.
101 Dalmatas by Naipes Fournier, 1995,
Humorous dog-themed Black Peter game illustrated by Willy Mayrl, c.1960.
Klutz Card Deck with comic courts.
Bicycle Emotions playing cards with custom emotions on the courts to help you bluff at cards, 2013.
Pack of 52 hand-drawn Jokers.
Chinese playing card makers have probably produced the widest variety of jokers of any single part of the world.
Hand-made playing cards by French prisoners of war in Porchester Castle, Hampshire, c.1796.
Neues Frag- und Antwortspiel (new question and answer game) from Germany.
‘Cat Chaos Celebrity Edition’ card game by Ginger Fox Ltd., 2017.
Chicken Playing Cards designed by Susan Krupp, 2017.
Happy Families by Norvic Mill, c.1920s.
Punch and Judy card game published by Pepys, 1956.
World Leaders Snap published around WW2, c.1940.
Hand-made ‘Chief Cities Quartettes’ card game, c.1910.
Hand-drawn semi-erotic, satirical playing cards by Lautaro Fiszman ‘El Tripero’, 2002.
Jeu Grotesque was first published in France c.1800.
Evolution of American Bank Note Co's “Baggy Clown” Joker.
Coricidin Demilets pharmaceutical playing cards, 1967.