52 Plus Joker
Playing Card Convention
Meet legendary collectors & designers, hobnob with the most premier card manufacturers and talk playing cards with other enthusiasts all night long.
Held At The Hilton DoubleTree
Pittsburgh Green Tree
Oct. 5th – Oct. 8th, 2022
$30 convention fee
The Perfect Location
We’re holding the 52 Plus Joker convention at the Hilton DoubleTree Pittsburgh Green Tree. Our hotel is perfectly situated for our convention needs. It’s located at 500 Mansfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15205, USA.
A Unique Experience
52 Plus Joker’s annual convention offers a playing card experience that satisfies antique, vintage, and modern collectors. Whether you collect singles or the entire deck, our friendly get-together makes for a great time!
A Playing Card Dream
Find decks of cards at 52 Plus Joker’s convention that you’ve only read and/or heard about. You won’t believe what you can discover at one of our events. Trust us. Playing card dreams do come true!
What Are You Waiting For?
Our 2022 Events
While our schedule is not yet finalized, we expect to unveil the 2022 club deck and several others during the Expert Playing Card Co. reception. We plan to have a handful of exciting speakers, lots of trading, high-paced auctions, fun raffles, a closing buffet banquet that includes the Diamond Awards ceremony, etc. This 2022 convention is shaping up to be one of the most exciting playing card events of the year. Please check back here soon as more information will be posted.
Speakers At This Convention
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Our club matriarch shares her incredible knowledge about collecting playing card ephemera. Warning! After watching this lecture, you might get an urge to collect ephemera. You’ll see. Don’t miss this talk.
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Toner, the founder of Organic Playing Cards (OPC) shares his unique insights about nurturing a playing card community. He will describe the steps required to initially establish, sprout, and grow a distinctive card brand from scratch.
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Known for his meticulously researched articles published in CLEAR THE DECKS, Seaney teaches us about a handful of unsung heroes who helped shape the playing card industry. Prepare to have your mind blown!
KATHLYN ‘KITTY’ REED
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Liaison to the Chicago Playing Card Collector’s Club reveals her personal history as a life-long singles collector. With the help of Barbara Lunaburg, Dr. Reed intends to illustrate this talk by displaying prime examples from their extensive playing card collections.
JODY EKLUND– Exact Date TBA –
As a creator of over a dozen successful playing card projects on Kickstarter, Jody Eklund knows what it takes to make a spectacular deck of cards. In this interview, Eklund explains how he playfully mixes historical emphasis with a distinct art style seen in all his work.
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Dr. Hotchkiss, the Azariah S. Root Director of Libraries at Oberlin College & Conservatory and a consultant to the United States Playing Card Company, gives us some insight on the current state and plans for the future of the historic card collections of The U.S. Playing Card Company.
*Please note, this line-up is subject to change without notice.
Register For The Convention Then Book Your Hotel Room.
Once you register for the convention, you will receive instructions about how to book your hotel room. Everything is held at the Hilton Double Green Tree Pittsburgh, PA hotel. We get a low price of $119+tax (per night). This includes free parking for those who drive. Click the button to register for the convention.
Register first. Then we will send you information about booking your hotel room at the Hilton.
What's in store for this year's convention?
This schedule is subject to change without notice.
Final Night > Diamond Awards
It all culminates on Saturday evening!
Most frequent questions and answers
Yes. Registration is inexpensive as it is. We don’t have a daily rate. Regardless how long you come, the convention registration price does not change.
We’ve Held Our Convention In:
- 2022 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- 2021 – Niagara Falls, New York (Postponed due to Covid-19) [Virtual Convention]
- 2020 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Postponed due to Covid-19) [Virtual Convention]
- 2019 – Charlotte, North Carolina
- 2018 – Cleveland, Ohio (Merger with Chicago Playing Card Collectors)
- 2017 – Erlanger, Kentucky
- 2016 – Chicago, Illinois
- 2015 – Orlando, Florida
- 2014 – Charleston, South Carolina
- 2013 – Las Vegas, Nevada
- 2012 – Erlanger, Kentucky (Joint with Chicago Playing Card Collectors)
- 2011 – Denver, Colorado
- 2010 – New Orleans, Louisiana
- 2009 – Toronto, Canada (Joint with International Playing Card Society)
- 2008 – Las Vegas, Nevada
- 2007 – Westborough, Massachusetts
- 2006 – Montreal, Canada
- 2005 – San Francisco, California
- 2004 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- 2003 – Wilmington, Delaware (Joint with Chicago Playing Card Collectors)
- 2002 – Atlanta, Georgia
- 2001 – Albuquerque, New Mexico
- 2000 – New Haven, Connecticut (Joint with International Playing Card Society)
- 1999 – Cincinnati, OH
- 1998 – Toronto, Canada
- 1997 – Kansas City, Kansas
- 1996 – Las Vegas, Nevada
- 1995 – Cincinnati, OH (Joint with Chicago Playing Card Collectors)
- 1994 – Arlington, Virginia
- 1993 – Kissimmee, Florida
- 1992 – Las Vegas, Nevada
- 1991 – Cincinnati, OH (Joint with Chicago Playing Card Collectors)
- 1990 – New Haven, Connecticut
- 1989 – Indianapolis, Indiana (Joint with Chicago Playing Card Collectors)
- 1988 – Chicago, Illinois (Joint with Chicago Playing Card Collectors)
- 1987 – Cincinnati, OH (Joint with Chicago Playing Card Collectors)