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Rider Waite Smith Tarot Decks

I tweeted last night: "Found out where my old(er) RWS tarot deck went: thot it went 2 Goodwill but was in w/Cat’r’s things. He said I could have it back."


This is more important than it seems, as the newest editions of the Rider-Waite Smith tarot deck have a high gloss finish, and the hand-written words are replaced with computer fonts. I went out of my way to buy a used vintage RWS deck from someone on eBay recently because of this. The older decks were printed in Switzerland, the new ones in Italy. Now I have two older decks! Well, those and the Universal Waite, the Radiant Rider-Waite, the Original Rider Waite Tarot, the Smith-Waite Tarot Centennial Edition Deck. Waiting on Giant Rider-Waite Tarot and a used vintage Pocket Rider-Waite Tarot.

(cross-posted from CountryMouse's Refuge)


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Jun. 30th, 2014 05:47 pm (UTC)
Wow, I had no idea they'd changed the print on the RWS decks! Glad I hung onto mine all these years; it's still the one I go to if I've got something serious going on as it's the one I am most used to. Congrats on the find!
Jul. 1st, 2014 01:26 am (UTC)
Thanks! The RWS is not my go-to deck...I'm not sure what mine is now. It might be the Anna K or my trusty Hanson-Roberts. I have so many decks. I try to move through them to give more a chance. :-)
Jul. 1st, 2014 03:35 am (UTC)
I have a couple I haven't actually had time to work with, which is embarrassing when I think about how I lust for yet more decks.
Jul. 1st, 2014 01:15 pm (UTC)
Oh I know how that is! I have soooo many decks, and I love them all! And I'm always wanting more! LOL!
Jun. 30th, 2014 06:17 pm (UTC)
Oh, this is amusing. I just posted about my R-W decks in my LJ, here:

I don't think any of my standard R-W decks were published after the 70s, though the mini, the Giant, the Universal and the New Vision certainly are. Lucky chance, I guess. I wasn't aware they'd changed the look again, after the Ubooks edition.

I'm glad you recovered your older deck!
Jul. 1st, 2014 01:30 am (UTC)
Will reply to your entry in a minute. Great minds etc. :-p

I forgot to mention the New Vision. I have that but haven't worked with it yet. Looks so cool!

Wow, I'd love to get one of those University Books editions, but they are way expensive now!
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