FAQ 7R: I need Jokers!
Look. It's going to be hard enough to find tiles that precisely match yours in look, material, and dimensions. I don't recommend making your quest even harder by insisting on jokers.
Your best bet is to obtain any extra tiles that match your set, and simply sticker them.
Read the listings on the "tiles for sale" BB and post your own listing on our "tiles wanted" BB (click the underlined links or use the nav frame at left).
Note: On our Tiles Wanted bulletin board, read everything at the top -- there is information there about other sources for replacement tiles. Matthew Shim's Mahjong Tile Replacements & Museum site and The National Mah Jongg League offer individual tiles for sale. You gotta check'em out. Note: in January 2011, I heard a rumor that the NMJL has stopped doing this, but then I went on their site. Their site has been newly redesigned just this month, and it still says they can help rescue sets. So you can still give'em a try -- send them an example tile along with the money like it says at http://nationalmahjonggleague.org/services.html, and maybe they'll be able to help you. Worst that can happen is they send your stuff back. There's still Matthew Shim (http://www.mahjongtiles.com/).
Also: on the Tiles For Sale bulletin board, see if anyone has offered tiles like yours - find posts from folks who offer various loose tiles for sale, and contact them to see if they have any like yours. Then, failing that, visit our Tiles Wanted bulletin board, and post your announcement about what you're seeking. To get joker stickers visit our Maj Links page (FAQ 4a) and look in the Commercial Vendors and Suppliers section. Or read FAQ 7t and learn how to make your own joker stickers. You can access those bulletin boards and FAQs via the Site Links in the nav frame at left.
And at some point, if you can't get those tiles to match your set, you may have to simply buy a set that was intended for the American game in the first place. You can always sell your other set on eBay or in a yard sale (or on our Sets For Sale board) or something.
From the Mah-Jongg Q&A bulletin board:
I need six enrobed tiles
>From: Jill S
>Sent: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 2:39 PM
>Subject: Enrobed Tiles
>Greetings Tom, I recently got my grandmother's mah Jongg set. It is so lovely. I have been searching all over for 6 tiles to complete the set. According to CHarli, it is a "met set". Do you have any suggestions for me? The NY Mah Jongg League and CHarli did not have a match. Many other collectors do not have a match either. Perhaps you have some suggestions.
The problem with rare sets like yours is that replacement tiles for it are even rarer. I'm posting this on my Tiles Wanted bulletin board - up top you'll find a link to Matthew Shin's website. If he can't help you, you should try Johni Levene's Facebook group, "Mah Jongg Collectors Assn." You'll have to join Facebook, and you'll have to ask to join her group. If Matthew and Johni can't help you, I don't think anyone can.
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June 18, 2014
I need six enrobed tiles
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