Tuesday, September 1st, 2009
Review: Playing Card Holders by Jobar
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.”