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Hochman Encyclopedia - Digital Edition

The Second Edition of the Hochman Encyclopedia of American Playing Cards by Tom & Judy Dawson, in digital format, includes all the content of the original edition of October 2000, the material from the 2004 Supplement and over 50 new listings, amendments and items of further information since that time. It is now available, together with an updated Price Guide completed with the assistance of a number of worldwide collectors, from the Conjuring Arts Research Center. The cost is $17.99 for the Encyclopedia, $7.99 for the Price Guide or the two as a package for only $22.50.

The downloads of both the Encyclopedia and Price Guide are formatted to work effectively with PC’s and Mac’s as well as IPhones, IPads and Android Cell phones and tablets. 

Search Clear The Decks

With the Conjuring Arts Research Center's help, we are proud to report that as of today, 52 Plus Joker members are able to access and search through EVERY SINGLE Clear The Decks newsletter on in a productive manner, conducive to learning, researching and sharing.


 Welcome To 52 Plus Joker Minimize

Welcome to the 52 Plus Joker website. Founded in 1985, we are the American Playing Card Collector's Club. There's more information about the Club and its Mission, the Benefits of Membership and our Publicity Initiatives in the pages to be found behind this, our home page. Simply hover your mouse over the main menu "52 Plus Joker Club" at the top left and click one of the drop-down menu choices. Our other page menus, "Collecting Cards", "Newsletter", "Auctions", etc. work the same way. There is also a Club "Members" page accessible only by current members with roster information, downloads, classified ads and a discussion forum.



52 Plus Joker's official printed playing card newsletter, is published each quarter. For members only so join the club for access to all the CTDs.

52 Plus Joker's official digital playing card magazine, is published each month. For members only so join the club for access to all the CCs.


We hope you will enjoy our site and find things of interest to you - whether you are a playing card collector, a researcher or just a casual observer!

 Jackson Robinson & Bill Kalush discuss the Club Deck Minimize

For those who couldn't make the 52 Plus Joker convention in Charleston, we are delighted to show you the fascinating presentation by Bill and Jackson on the design and production of the very special deck produced for release at the 2014 convention.

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