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Albano-Waite Tarot Deck Cards – July 1, 1996
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I can't quite put my finger on why. Maybe it's the diminutive size, maybe it's the unusual vintage colors or the charming card backs, or some other thing, but I love it. It's probably a combination of all of the above.
As a tarot fan I have quite a few decks and several mini decks. For those folks out there who enjoy mini size decks and who also love vintage colors or unusual colors, I think you'll appreciate this deck.
For readers who don't use the LWB (most of us) then you won't care that the LWB sucks for this one. My more traditional Rider-Waite Mini has a very nice LWB, but again I rarely look at it so it doesn't matter.
I love this deck and I'm glad I got it, steep price tag or no. I hope it gets re-printed and sold for a reasonable price so that more folks can enjoy it.
Please have a look at the images I uploaded into the customer images area for this item for some visual examples.
The deck is truly gorgeous. 25 years ago when I was new to Tarot, the Albano deck was bothering to me and I even considered it a pure profanity to the original artwork by Pamela Colman-Smith;) As many tarotists discover, our taste matures with time. Now, among others, I use the centennial PMS which I value for its charming sepia-like faded coloring, and Albano-Waite which I find vivid, vibrant and energetic. The first one is more introspective, the latter one is extremely articulate and outspoken. The deck I choose depends on the Querent and their vibes.
Cardstock is very nice: the cards are flexible and sleek, easy to shuffle and spread.
1 STAR for images quality
Printing quality... And this is where my heart sank. Several cards have coloring out of lines, images look distorted. When I ordered the first copy I thought it was just one "faulty" deck. Amazon immediately shipped me a replacement and ...the defects were exactly the same...on the same cards. Especially King of Pentacles has a digital "scratch" at the top (please see the pictures and please disregard the flash). Same issues with two different copies. I guess it must have been a bad batch of those decks.
Summary: I hope you will receive a perfect copy of this deck and if not... hey, no one is perfect. Neither us readers nor our Querents. And a Tarot deck like everything else in life can be just a reflection of...ourselves;) Smile and happy readings!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this Deck. It's a nice change up form the standard RWS and a fun way of looking at a Tarot classic.Published 2 months ago by RUlysdexic?
The reviews mentioning the printing quality are correct. The printing is, honestly, way out in left field. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ella
Five stars Gorgeous deck! Heavy stock and glossy! Very well printed, bright colors! When I received my cards the box was damaged. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Peace and Love
I enjoy the vibrant colors. It really makes a difference when reading the cards.Published 11 months ago by spumonidoesntlooklikethis
My favorite deck and this was for a student as I use it for my classes.Published 12 months ago by V. J. Hurley
I bought this deck on Amazon just over 2 years ago. While I don't use it a lot, its a very historically important deck from the late 60's and the hippie tarot resurgence. Read morePublished 13 months ago by chimera68
Size does not match the card statement! Sent 70x120mm standard deck.Published 14 months ago by Andrey