Monday, January 21, 2008

important news for all my swap card and album buyers

As many of you may already know, I sold my swap card and album business to another online seller in December 2007. She now has all the stock, swap card and trading card albums and pages so if you need them here are the details:

Marie Ryley:

on OZtion as no2magpie - store link here:

on Ebay as no1_magpie - store link here:

AND she also has her own online store where the prices are much lower - due to open on 1st February 2008. Link here:

Many of you may have already dealt with Marie - with my stock and her own now combined she is the largest seller in Australia, you will be sure to find what you are looking for!

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Aces, Jokers and "extra" cards

Most collectors have a "side" collection of cards that are collected for the non-picture side (or suit side). These can be just as interesting as the fronts, sometimes more so as they are harder to find.

This page won't have a great deal of text to read, mostly pictures of the weird and wonderful world of "other cards". For simplicity sake, I have split the branches into three categories:

1. Ace of Spades or Spade Aces.
Collectors prize the ace of spades as it contains all the details of the manufacturer and is one of the most accurate ways to identify when and where the cards were made.

2. Jokers.
Jokers come in all sorts of weird and wonderful designs and attract a huge community of collectors worldwide. Most notable countries for collectors are Netherlands, Belgium, England, USA and Australia. Personally I don't collect jokers so all the ones I get go in either my OZtion vShop (click here to see them) or auctioned on ebay.

3. "Extra" cards.
Most decks contain "extra" cards for use as spares, extra jokers, score cards or advertising.

Ace of Spades scans

aces with adverts variety of deco-modern aces scans of early wides aces

Jokers scans (courtesty of John Daniels)

some nice deco jokers more nice deco jokers some great advert jokers

matching ace and joker scans

sets of picture aces

These cards show when manufacturers put special characters/wording on all aces only. Sweethearts 101 cards with black marks were done by manufactuer. The Playboy set were done in the 1960's. The European scenic aces are modern ones, approx. 1980's?

"extra" card scans