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4.0 out of 5 stars

on 31 October 2015
The cards give an excellent insight into the medieval roots of The Tarot. This deck has some really interesting depictions of all the major arcana and a few extra cards which adds to the excitement of learning how to use them. The are HUGE however so be prepared for that. There are other similar sized decks out there but I was surprised by the size to begin with.
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on 4 June 2014
This is somewhat of a unique item as the accompanying book is a misprint consisting of the first three pages re-printed numerous times. Fortunately US games systems sent me a correct one. I agree with other comments about the "Lazy" quality as the backs of these images are just the bare card left blank but the images are well reproduced and need a good magnifying glass to make out the small details. It's just nice to finally own one of these.
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on 9 June 2015
I honestly don't understand the criticism towards the lack of decorations on the cards' rear. Has it occurred to you that it might be on purpose because that's the way the original deck looks like? This wants to be a reliable reproduction of a historical deck, it doesn't have to look "pretty", feature gold here and there and show shining colours to please the modern taste. This deck simply shows the Cary-Yale Tarot (it's Cary, by the way, not CarEy!) as it is, something made in the second half of the XV century in northern Italy, therefore far from our contemporary taste and perception. You want something appealing to your taste for colours and shiny details? Buy one of those Egyptian Tarots, or the Alchemical one, or any of those works without any historical value whatsoever. On the other hand, if you are looking for a deck showing how one of the oldest Tarot decks known actually looks like, then go for this one (and if you ae lucky enough to still find one copy, the Mantegna Tarot published in 1988 by Il Meneghello... first deck ever, very different from older versions but that's the deck where all the other ones started from). It is also worth knowing that Il Meneghello recently published a new edition of this same deck
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on 3 February 2013
Poor photography, poor colouring, no back decorations for the cards - it is just the back of the card it was printed on. Totally disappointed in what I really thought would be a great pack, given its illustrious provision.
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