Review: Playing Card Holders by Jobar

Photo of my daughter playing a card game called Peanut Butter and Jelly with two cards sitting in her Jobar card holder.Yep, you need a card holder if you ever hope to teach a toddler to play a card game.

Last year I reviewed the accidental Montessori playing card holder, a fine, but expensive, product actually intended for displaying postcards in classrooms.

This year we have a generic plastic card holder by Jobar International that I picked up at a garage sale new-in-box.

So, what’s there to say about a card holder? Well, this one actually grips the cards without them falling out. Yes, not all card holders actually hold cards. I’ve been burned a few times by holders sold through mass retailers that shall remain nameless. Oh, okay. Target and K-Mart.

What makes the Jobar version special is that it comes as a pack of two for about $12. That lets your kid use both if you’re playing a game requiring a big hand of cards, or for two kids to play together.

The holder has a molded stand for sitting upright on a table — a key feature — so cards can be manipulated with both hands.

Older children can grasp the unit in one hand while manipulating cards with the other, in rough emulation to his or her adult counterparts. By the way, never buy a card game called Peanut Butter and Jelly, even if it costs 25 cents. Your kid will enjoy it, but it’s incredibly tedious. If you want brainless fun, go with Uno and tell people it’s because kids learn color and number matching.

Anyhow… product photos show the holder gripping 11 tightly overlapped cards. In realistic use a child can get as many as 7 normal size cards.

The same number of larger format cards (3″x4.5″) will fit, although I found them slightly harder to insert, possibly due to the card length conflicting with the curvature of the holder. Forget 2-inch-tall mini cards – they sink into the holder and are mostly not visible.

Grab the Jobar holder for about $11 on Amazon from the ‘As Seen on TV’ merchant. That deal apparently includes free shipping, but double-check it before ordering. Sometimes Amazon likes to silently offer varied pricing just to see how it affects consumers’ decision to make a purchase.

A card holder is a wise investment because you’ll be using one or more for quite a few years.

P.S. I asked for my wife’s insights to make this review a little longer. She said:

“I also liked that they are blue.”

Photo of two Jobard card holders seen from the frong and behind filled with Uno playing cards.


13 Responses to “Review: Playing Card Holders by Jobar”

  1. Kendra aka The Meanest Momma says:

    Looks pretty handy. Not sure I’d be willing to spend $12 on it tho. I *totally* agree with you on PB&J. I let that one get trashed pretty quickly at our house.

    September 1st, 2009 at 5:52 am

  2. Tim says:

    We used to have some disc-shaped card holders that were, I think, made by Tupperware in a variety of Seventies’ colors. Wonder what my poker buddies would think if I came to the game with one of those?

    September 1st, 2009 at 6:31 am

  3. Dana says:

    When I was a kid my family played bridge with a neighbour who’d had a stroke. He used a wax paper box with the lid tucked in to hold his cards. Most of these boxes in my cupboard have sharp metal edges to cut the wrap or wax paper, so not so good for kids unless it was taken off.

    September 1st, 2009 at 8:19 am

  4. Teresa says:

    We always grabbed a board game box, turned it upside down, and stuck our cards in between the bottom of the box and the lid. Voila!

    September 1st, 2009 at 8:47 am

  5. PAUL says:

    I always put my cards on the ground and got off my chair every time it was my turn – of course I asked my parents and sister not to look. I wonder why I never made it as a pro poker player?

    September 1st, 2009 at 8:50 am

  6. Adventures in MamaLand says:

    OMG, this is a must! I was hoping to start playing Fish and other basic card games with my 4.5-year-old, and this is the EXACT thing we need.
    Thank you, thank you, Sam I am!

    September 1st, 2009 at 10:24 am

  7. molly says:

    My siblings and I always used to use a big hard cover book (Dr. Seuss always worked well) standing open with the cards behind laid out face up so we could see what was what. This gizmo probably would work better but we never seemed to mind our little technique either.

    September 1st, 2009 at 11:06 am

  8. My Boaz's Ruth says:

    I am so jealous. You have old-style UNO cards. if I’d realized they had changed the cards, I’d have kept the Star Trek ones I had in WAshington :( The new cards are a LOT harder to use.

    September 1st, 2009 at 1:29 pm

  9. AJ says:

    Yeah, I let my childhood copy of Uno go a few years ago and never heard the end of it from my wife. After a couple years of scouring garage sales, I finally found a good copy with the words on the cards last month.

    I figure Hasbro changed the deck because they’re idiots or wanted to appeal to non-English speakers. Funny thing is, my daughter is learning Spanish at her immersion school and I really wish I had a second Uno deck with Spanish words. Dumbing down a game is never good, and in this case, makes the game harder to learn for first-timers.

    If you want to get nostalgic about card games, talk to a Mille Bornes fan. I own three versions of the game, including one in the original French (known from playing at a friend’s house as a kid).

    September 1st, 2009 at 1:50 pm

  10. Molly T says:

    I’ve used this product and it works great. I worked in a classroom with children with special needs, and this worked great even for high school aged students who don’t have the dexterity to hold a large hand of cards, often while playing UNO.

    September 1st, 2009 at 7:04 pm

  11. KB 111 says:

    AJ — that’s funny that you mention Mille Bornes. I’ve ONLY ever played Mille Bornes in French. It wasn’t until just a few years ago that I had even seen the game in English. Glad I’ve got the old sets — with decades of assorted styles of tape holding the worn edges of the box together. :)

    September 2nd, 2009 at 2:36 pm

  12. sandy says:

    My mother-in-law uses this to play cards (she had a stroke and lost use of her right side). We often play cards when we get together (family trips or dinner) and it would be very difficult for her to play without this. She keeps one at her house and the other in her car (in the console) :)

    September 4th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

  13. Mama (Stacy) says:

    Save your money and use a chip clip. It works – even when you are playing Uno.

    September 12th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

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