Good to have your company fellow collector! Hopefully you’ve found yourself here because you love playing cards. What a coincidence! So do I!!! Ok, so… Let me tell you a bit about myself.
My name is Jyl. I live in the beautiful Glens of Antrim in Northern Ireland.
Collecting playing cards and jokers has been a hobby of mine for about 30 years on and off. I say on and off because I tend to go through phases of seeing loads of cards I like and spending a fortune buying them up. Then the bank statement arrives…… And so I forbid myself to buy anything for months on end… Until it starts again.
My passion for jokers began many years ago in my childhood. I’ve commented on this in detail in my page The Early Years for anyone who would like to know how someone ever becomes interested in playing cards.
As soon as I was able to, I began collecting jokers for myself and keeping them in binders. Sometimes this meant having to buy a complete deck so I could remove the jokers. I also have a bit of a ‘thing’ for The Jack of Spades, so I have a couple of binders with just him in them.
Of course, not all collectors would split packs like this. Some would even see it as sacrilege. But as I believe that this collection is for me, then I should be able to do it in whichever way I want to. That is reflected in the name of the site – I Collect Playing Cards. This site is by no means a guide on HOW to collect your cards – it’s just about how I do it. I do not sell any of my decks. I collect them all. And I appreciate them all.
I want to use this site to not only show you my collection, but also offer insightful hints and tips on collecting, and information on the history of the playing card, as well as highlight new decks, artists etc.
I’ve added a ‘shop’ section to the site where I’m selling some of my surplus playing card decks. When I pledge on Kickstarter I almost always get more than one deck, so I can keep one and sell the rest on here. New decks are being added regularly, so please keep checking back for new additions. I’ve tried to work my postage out fairly, but if you order a few decks and you’re not happy with the charge, just email me on email@example.com and I’ll see if I can do you a better price.
I’m also selling some t-shirts with my own designs on them. Like I’ve said on the t-shirts page, the colours shown are just examples of what you can get – it’s basically up to you. If you see a design that you like and you want it on a purple t-shirt with apple green print then that’s no problem. Hey…. it’s you who has to wear it, not me…!! Haha!! Seriously though, all my t-shirts are made to order – they’re not pre-printed and sitting on a shelf waiting for someone to order them. So what the customer wants, the customer gets. Why not get yourself something completely unique that no one else would ever think of…? Email me on firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what you’re looking for (t-shirt colour / print colour) and I’ll let you know if it’s do-able :)
I welcome all feedback so please do leave a message below. Any questions, please just ask. Any advice to share? Please do. I’m not an expert. Not by a long shot. So any and all comments are most welcome.
Enjoy the site :)
Founder of I Collect Playing Cards