Playing card joker cards and gifts

A collection of the best images of the joker, jester, troubadour, harlequin and clown character. Find sources for collecting "swap" playing card jokers with other collectors and find gift ideas for the joker in your life.

The history of the joker playing card is the history of the fool or jester from the middle ages in Europe. But the role of the trickster is as common as the modern late-night talk show host, or the artists of comedy and parody in ancient Greece.

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Wear these jokers to your next tournament, personalize them as your business card or send a joker note card to your favorite "player". Find a selection of the best looking t-shirts, hats, coffee mugs, Mardi Gras costumes and other interesting accessories for playing card games of every kind.

Buy single joker cards

"Swap" cards for collectors

eBay is the best place to start a joker collection. You can choose from a wide selection of single cards, called "swap jokers" on many different online auction websites. After you have raided all the decks of cards in your house for the joker cards, shopping on auction websites is a great way to get started with the hobby at a low cost. Bids typically start at 99¢ for swap jokers, and for "card-backs" that are sold for the image on the back of the card (animals, flowers, etc.)

You can also use eBay to see how much other people have paid for jokers. First, do a search from the eBay home page for »swap joker card«. Then, click the "completed listings" checkbox located in the column at the left side of the page. You need to login to your eBay account in order to see this very helpful option.


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The joker costume consists of the three pointed hat often with bells at the ends. The bells may be repeated along a scalloped edge of the jester’s coat and on the tips of curly toed shoes.

The common fool wears the raggedy clothes of a peasant, a harlequin might wear the diamond checkered pattern in bright alternating colors, and the roving troubadour is dressed in the clothes of a huntsman or traveler.
The Joker in the Batman comic books, has a very distinctive look in the TV series, graphic novels and movies.

This is the first joker card that started my collection, from a deck of cards given to me at the Hörnlihütte in Zermatt Switzerland. Now you can find hundreds of joker images online and connect with other collectors from around the world. Many of the cards in my collection came from a wonderful seller in Australia who sold them on eBay in lots of nine jokers.

Jesters, harlequins and troubadours

Traditional court jester

The traditional court jester appears during the middle ages in Europe, Asia and Persia. Playing cards were popular in Europe by the early 1400s with “court cards” featuring pictures of notable Kings and other royalty. But the first deck of cards with jokers was printed many years later, about the year 1870 for the game of euchre.

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This is your classic joker card that come two to a pack in a standard deck of playing cards.

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A troubadour with the three pointed cap playing a horn. This particular symbol is part of insignia for the Shriners, a group associated with the Freemasons, and driving around in little cars on the boardwalk in Atlantic City. Buy this jester on a t-shirt or the ROJ MUGS.

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  • Gibson Jan 29, 2013 @ 3:34 pm
    My grandfather has left me his collection of joker cards, he is still with us. See Grandpa is a antique r, an I also have the bug. he is 89 an we are having to sell his home to help w nursing home. He was a Glider in WW2 an worked for railroad. it is not right for him to loose his home which is paid for just to go to nursing home. Anyway he an I are close an he was very persistent that i had gone up to the house to find them books with the jokers in them. His mind is going a litttle an trust me he is an was a sharp ol man. I feel as if im suppose to find something in these cards. I need a little help this time, half of my passion for antiques is the history of them. Time is a big variable right now, or i would do the research myself. Anyway i can get you to help out
  • dotpattern Jan 29, 2013 @ 6:10 pm
    Why sure, I'd be glad to help. It will be easy for you to sell them on eBay. Nine at a time works out the best. The history of the cards and the joker, and the stories of how you grandfather came to collect them, are the most important part of collecting -- the journey, not the destination. You can use the contact link on my bio page if you need some more info.

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  • bloomingrose Feb 17, 2014 @ 11:58 pm
    Lovely lens! The fool is my symbol. :)
  • dotpattern Feb 18, 2014 @ 7:27 am
    Thanks bloomingrose! Is that the tarot card or the playing card joker?
  • KarenCookieJar Apr 03, 2012 @ 3:46 pm
    I wish you could do more with jokers in actual card games. I've never played one that actually uses the joker cards!
  • Feb 29, 2012 @ 7:58 am
    I love these jokers and what a great idea for a lens!
  • voodoomama Jan 22, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

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