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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars great classic, poorly printed, 17 Feb. 2012
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This review is from: The Original Rider Waite Tarot Deck (Cards)
I ordered a set of these cards to learn more about the tarot. The print was so heavy in this edition that it obscured some of the details, looked smudged and was overall very dark coloured. The plus side was that the cardstock was quite thick, the whole pack handled nicely and would stand up to a fair bit of use. I returned these and ordered the Universal to use as a learning tool instead.
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Initial post: 5 Jan 2013 08:51:06 GMT
Isabel says:
Thanks for posting this information, I've just purchased this deck and I'm very dissatisfied about the printing and the colours, let alone not being able to see details properly. I've contacted the seller and confronted them about it and they told me this deck is the 'original' and that it is what I ordered. So I hope this helps anyone out there wanting to purchase this 'original' tarot deck.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Mar 2014 14:22:28 GMT
it isn't original. these are not the PCS images from 1909 they are a badly copied rendered bootleg from a later edition by a different artist. sorry

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jul 2014 23:01:10 BDT
Hi The D Hammer. I have been looking for printing information on this deck on Amazon. I want the Belgian prints. Where did you get your info on this being a bootleg version? I have several decks and simply don't want to pay retail for them if i can get them cheaper online! if I had printing info it'd help enormously. Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jul 2014 16:08:55 BDT
Last edited by the author on 19 Jul 2014 16:19:00 BDT
Sure no problem. If its still available there is an E-book "The History of the Rider Waite Tarot" in PDF format that goes into detail regarding what happened including printing details (unfortunately i cant attach the file on here). Briefly there were Three "Bootleg" editions, the writer called them PAM 2 PAM 3 and shockingly Pam 4. These were sets made from ripped off copies of the original cards by different and so far unknown artists after the RW plates were destroyed in the war. There are mistakes in the details, colors and an overall lack of quality. The best we can do today is the Pamela Colman Smith Centenary edition that were taken from the oldest known surviving printing of the cards. The ones being sold here are most certainly NOT the "Original"" RW by any stretch of the imagination. It is well worth checking out the alternative sellers that use AMAZON that are listed below the main AD as they are often a fraction of what they cost on the main page or even some of the bookshops that sell on here because they often stock older and more reliable prints (I managed to get a first edition Cary Yale for $40 doing that!!!).
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