The HistoryA standard pack of playing cards, and even most custom-designed ones, hold 54 cards with two Jokers included. But have you ever wondered why deck designers continue to insert cards that are usually discarded? Let’s take a look at its origins to determine if the Joker is, in fact, useless or essential. During the 15th century, the French created what became today’s standard playing deck, featuring the four suits in two colors: black for spades and clubs and red for hearts and diamonds. But here’s the kicker. This deck carried only 52 cards. Why? Because the Joker card was not yet invented. The first-ever Joker card was designed and printed in 1867 by Bicycle Playing Cards. Introducing Euchre, the purpose for the Joker’s creation. This game deemed the Joker a trump card, or “the best bower,” rather than a discard. Oh, the irony! In regards to card games, other than being used as a wild card in a few poker variations, you may feel strongly about calling the Joker useless, but it’s important to remember that a deck’s purpose is not entirely contingent on playing card games.
Joker Card ArtEnter the world of playing cards: a community that sees cards as art; a community dedicated to preserving, discovering and cultivating cards with artistic and technical qualities. If you think about the following cards — King, Queen and Jack — their standard design most likely entered your mind. Now, think of the Joker. Not as easy, right? Well, that’s because the Joker doesn’t necessarily have a standard appearance… and this brings us back to our initial question: Is the Joker useless or essential? The Joker’s lack of a traditional design isn’t a bad thing. It actually enables playing card artists to try to create what could potentially be labeled as the standard design for a Joker — among other goals. Ironically, to become the standard, you have to be the opposite: stand out among the rest. That’s exactly what the French deck accomplished, and six centuries later, it is still the standard playing card image. Luckily, there’s nothing standard about creating cards with Shuffled Ink. We offer a wide spectrum of customization options to help you accomplish practically anything. Our card creators can personalize the:
- Card Backs & Faces
- Card Size
- Number of Cards per deck
- Card Box/Packaging
- And More…
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