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What's the dearest or cheapest Tarot Deck you have ever seen?

Thread originally posted on the Aeclectic Tarot Forum on 22 May 2005, and now archived in the Forum Library.



Unicorncrazy  22 May 2005 
Hello everyone,

I was wondering what the dearest or cheapest Tarot Deck you have ever seen? I have seen these really dear ones that are like over $70!! And then you go to a different store and see the same deck but cheaper! I don't know what is going on here what do you think?

Cheers,
Unicorncrazy? 


Kiama  22 May 2005 
If we're talking about the same Tarot deck going for a dear and cheap price, then I purchased a Greenwood in Glastonbury a year ago for 4. The Greenwood also goes for stupid amounts of money on Ebay - $150 or more, I believe?

Kiama 


Moonbow*  22 May 2005 
I was going to say Greenwood too Kiama. Mine was 8

As for other decks and sets, they seem to start out at high prices when they first appear on the market and within 6 months can be found much cheaper, (I'm talking the more modern ones here - one that springs to mind is the Quest).

Unfortunately for the small metaphysical shop, they sometimes buy decks at the higher price and therefore cannot drop the price to compete with, say Amazon. This is why I support my local shop too. ;) 


Cerulean  22 May 2005 
They were used decks or discounted for inventory or going out of business. Three dollars for used Yeager Tarot of Meditation up to seven dollars for used Rider Waites with instruction books.

The dearest prices seemed to be five hundred to eight-hundred for old 1890s Etteilla-style hand-stencilled decks on antiquitarian sites (one in German) to the Italcards out of print Folchi tarots such as Tarot of Happiness (usually once every three years on Tarotgarden.com).

There are artists such as Dali whose estate will sell his old lithographs of tarot cards individually for what the market will bear.

Best regards,

Cerulean 


mike gorth  22 May 2005 
cheapest that I've seen was the tiny rider-waite deck for 5 dollars. How would you read with it? It's like the size of a beer cap.

(only reason why I said that is because I needed to think of something universal. I couldn't say a quarter because only a few of us would know what that is.) 


Rusty Neon  22 May 2005 
Vintage, antique or otherwise out-of-print tarot decks can sometimes go for hundreds or thousands of dollars.

In terms of in-print decks, some limited edition tarot decks are being sold by the artist-creators for hundreds of dollars. 


SunChariot  22 May 2005 
Unicorncrazy wrote:
Hello everyone,

I was wondering what the dearest or cheapest Tarot Deck you have ever seen? I have seen these really dear ones that are like over $70!! And then you go to a different store and see the same deck but cheaper! I don't know what is going on here what do you think?

Cheers,
Unicorncrazy?


Unicorncrazy wrote:
Hello everyone,

I was wondering what the dearest or cheapest Tarot Deck you have ever seen? I have seen these really dear ones that are like over $70!! And then you go to a different store and see the same deck but cheaper! I don't know what is going on here what do you think?

Cheers,
Unicorncrazy?


The most expensive one ("dear" in my country does not have that meaning, it just means precious, cherished...:-) )I have seen is over $70.00 US. It is the soon to be completed Tarot of Dreams. But of course it is a beauty! And a new concept in Tarot. The LWB has been replaced by a CD-Rom which, from what I hear, has additional cards, moving images of the cards and much more. And of course the artwork is stunning.:-) It's listed here at AT with 5 stars, and of course few decks ever get 5 stars, except the real classics.

Bar

PS, as for seeing it cheaper at another store...I never shop for Tarot in a store. I always shop online, much larger selection and quicker and easier. Usually at the same 3-4 places, and that makes it easy and quick to check the prices at them all before buying. :-) 


SunChariot  22 May 2005 
mike gorth wrote:
cheapest that I've seen was the tiny rider-waite deck for 5 dollars. How would you read with it? It's like the size of a beer cap.

(only reason why I said that is because I needed to think of something universal. I couldn't say a quarter because only a few of us would know what that is.)


LOL! Well there's one deck I won't be getting:-)

Bar 


Lillie  22 May 2005 
Cheapest deck I have bought was 99p

Tatty old thing, but I like it.

You can get really cheap decks on ebay, 99p, or 1.50, but they are usually them Jonathan Dee decks. 1JJ Swiss if you are lucky. (in the UK, I don't know about anywhere else)

Most expensive deck I have seen 'personally' was the recent pamela A on ebay which went (I think) for 700.
But I know that other decks have gone for far more. 


mythos  22 May 2005 
I picked up a new Papus deck, off a 'throw-away' table outside a post office here in Melbourne, for the princely sum of AUD$2.50. I couldn't believe my luck. And, I truly couldn't, because it was a while before I even realised what a find it was. Like a lot of early stage tarot trollops, I'd always skip the 'history' part of any book. Now it is the bit that interests me most LOL.
mythos 


bassetized  22 May 2005 
The most expensive deck I have personally bought is my Tarot of the Crone, for $135 US. Well worth it, IMO.

The least expensive decks I purchased a few months ago when Lewellyn's Web site had a sale on LS decks, with many of them selling for $5.00. :)

--bassetized 


prudence  23 May 2005 
I guess I have not come across a cheap one yet!!

Lucky!! 


Emeraldgirl  23 May 2005 
I haven't really come across any REALLY cheap ones (probably cheapest was Hudes deck & book set at the TS Bookshop in Melb for $20) most expensive I have seen was the Rock 'n' Roll tarot on ebay with a start price of $250 US and most expensive I have brought was a limited edition Dali for $99 US. And I have never read with it never connected to it properly but still like to look at it every now and then 


Shining_Moon  23 May 2005 
SunChariot wrote:
LOL! Well there's one deck I won't be getting:-)

Bar


Nooo!!! I have this one in the plastic box. Its invaluable for that quick reading when you're out and about. I always carry mine with me in my handbag - its helped me countless times.

BTW, I have seen this one go for 1p on Amazon UK! 


similia  23 May 2005 
I forget where now, but somewhere on AT is a link JMD provided, to a 600-something euro deck. A marseille, majors only, made from leather and gold. 


Gyda  23 May 2005 
the cheapest deck I've seen is the nova one and other non name/themed ones. they go for about 20-30$ some with book some with out. The most expenisive ones I've see run around 70-80$.

Gyda 


Annabelle  23 May 2005 
One of the least expensive decks I know of is the B.O.T.A. deck, which seems to have a normal, ordinary selling price of @ $10-12 (American dollars).

In terms of retail prices, I typically see anything from around $12-15 for a run-of-the-mill full-sized Rider-Waite deck, to $35 for a more recently published deck & book set (such as the Lover's Path set, for example).

Some of my best deals have come from Hastings and Half-Price Books, where I've frequently found brand-new decks and sets at half their original price or even less. For example, I got the Russian Tarot of St. Petersburg (deck and book set) for only $6.00 on clearance. The very best deal I've ever gotton on a deck was a brand-new copy of the Robert Place Alchemical tarot set from Goodwill (a thrift store) for only $2.00.

The most expensive decks I've run into have been on eBay. The most I've ever paid for a deck personally was around $90 (for a brand-new Hermetic), and although I don't mind paying that much for a deck, in retrospect I shouldn't have paid that for the Hermetic, as in my opinion it's not that great after all. The going price of the Greenwood has fallen a lot lately and the last one I was watching on eBay went for under $200, but there are some others that have consistently high selling prices, such as the Tarocco Storico della Citta Di Ferrara, and the Apologia del Libro de Thot, both of which I've seen sell for over $400 on eBay. 


SunChariot  23 May 2005 
Shining_Moon wrote:
Nooo!!! I have this one in the plastic box. Its invaluable for that quick reading when you're out and about. I always carry mine with me in my handbag - its helped me countless times.

BTW, I have seen this one go for 1p on Amazon UK!


the one the size of a beercap? :-) I would have trouble seeing it. I already need bifocals:-) (I'm almost 49 here)

My deck I use for quick reading is Madame Endora's Fortune cards--gives short, consise yet accurate answers.

I used to carry deck with me, but I gave it up. Whenever I tried to pull it out and use it/look at it, even when I was alone, someone always showed up behind me and gave me one of those scared, dubious, ............looks. I don't need to be judged or to be scaring people....So I gave up carrying a deck with me.

Bar 


Shining_Moon  24 May 2005 
SunChariot wrote:

I used to carry deck with me, but I gave it up. Whenever I tried to pull it out and use it/look at it, even when I was alone, someone always showed up behind me and gave me one of those scared, dubious, ............looks. I don't need to be judged or to be scaring people....So I gave up carrying a deck with me.

Bar


Thats a real shame SunChariot that you feel that you cannot carry your tarot with you.

As to the 'beercap' tarot.. well obviously the size would make it a tad difficult to meditate with.. lol! I use mine for quick readings so I'm not necessarily looking for the detail in the cards. But I maintain that at the princely sum of 1p you can't go far wrong! :-)

Edited to add....

OK, I got it wrong - no more for a penny it seems.. you'll have to dig deap for the princely sum of 43p..

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1572811226/aeclectictaro-21/

the 43p ones are in the 'more buying choices' section under new. usually retails for 4.99 from Amazon


mythos  24 May 2005 
[quote= I already need bifocals.... I used to carry deck with me, but I gave it up. Whenever I tried to pull it out and use it/look at it, even when I was alone, someone always showed up behind me and gave me one of those scared, dubious, ............looks. I don't need to be judged or to be scaring people....So I gave up carrying a deck with me. Bar[/QUOTE]

At 53, I'm on my fourth pair of bi-focals and even decks like the Spiral require a magnifying glass ... ah, the joys of aging. At least the universe worked it out that when you get lines on your face, you go blind and can't see 'em ... you get to feel 25, and not know that you look like ... er ...excrement LOL.

Okay ... now the real purpose of this message. I was sitting at a cafe table outside a fish and chip shop in a resort town on Phillip Island, here in Victoria Australia. Was travelling with a Brit guy I'd met in India. Anyway ... he wanted a reading, so I pulled out my cards. I looked up from the reading to see a long line of Japanese tourists all waiting to have their cards read.

The poor bus driver was going spare ... he had to get them out to see the fairy penguins before it was too late.

I just put my deck away ... but was amused. I guess it just depends on the situation. Never had a problem with public reading ... just lucky I guess!

mythos 


Webwitch  24 May 2005 
Well, the Greenwood is currently going for 82 on ebay in the UK at the moment.

If I could ask where Kiama and Moonbow got theirs from? I would love the Greenwood and if I can get it for under a tenner, I would be well pleased.

However, there is one more expensive than that:

V Rare 1912 RIDER WAITE SUN B Tarot cards Occult Wicca, currently at 202.02 (reserve not met)

The cheapest I have seen was 0.01 + 1.00 postage and packing on ebay. It was an IJJ Swiss.

Cheers,
Webwitch :) 


SunChariot  24 May 2005 
[quote=mythos][at 53, i'm on my fourth pair of bi-focals and even decks like the spiral require a magnifying glass ... ah, the joys of aging. at least the universe worked it out that when you get lines on your face, you go blind and can't see 'em ... you get to feel 25, and not know that you look like ... er ...excrement lol. okay ... now the real purpose of this message. i was sitting at a cafe table outside a fish and chip shop in a resort town on phillip island, here in victoria australia. was travelling with a brit guy i'd met in india. anyway ... he wanted a reading, so i pulled out my cards. i looked up from the reading to see a long line of japanese tourists all waiting to have their cards read. the poor bus driver was going spare ... he had to get them out to see the fairy penguins before it was too late. i just put my deck away ... but was amused. i guess it just depends on the situation. never had a problem with public reading ... just lucky i guess! mythos[/quote]

I'm turning 49 next month. Know what you meant though. I need bifocals too, but I was too stubborn to get them. LOL Instead I got to pairs of eyeglasses, one for everyday things and one for reading/Tarot....I have to switch, and still sometimes I end up peering over the top of my glasses and squinting. LOL

Well, I read only for myself anyway, so it's not a big inconvenience to not carry a deck, I can generally wait till I get home.:-)

Funny story about the tourist!!! ROFL, thanks for shariing.

Bar 


Violinagin  24 May 2005 
Let's see... the cheapest I have seen one is $3 for a mini deck (beer sized one) and $6-ish dollars for a Hanson-Roberts deck that's smaller than the original. I really enjoy small decks for some reason :)... I haven't seen anything overly expensive... 20-25 dollars seems to be the cut off price in this city. But we're in the Bible belt, so I don't think there is much of a market anyway :) 


hannahma  24 May 2005 
I see that ABEbooks is offering an original Royal Fez tarot for about two thousand dollars. They are also charging a thousand bucks or so for some books, including at least one paperback, about the tarot... 


gregory  28 May 2005 
Well MY cheapest ever (not counting gifts) was the Murciano, for nothing, as part of Tarotgarden's great card credit program. (This however tells you more about how much I had spent there to qualify....)

Then there was $3 for the very horrid Baseball Tarot (Gardiner) and 4 euros (=peanuts) for Das Baum, which really is fun. The most I ever paid was for the Kashmir - 200 euros. It normally costs HEAPS more than that..... but you have to contact the artist; it does turn up on e-bay from time to time. 


gregory  04 Jun 2005 
I am told that Stuart Kaplan paid $8500 for his Pamela-A deck, with the blue roses and lilies, in 2003. Can anyone top that ? OUCH ! 


truelighth  04 Jun 2005 
gregory wrote:
I am told that Stuart Kaplan paid $8500 for his Pamela-A deck, with the blue roses and lilies, in 2003. Can anyone top that ? OUCH !


Yep, he did pay that much. But hey, he earned enough money on all those decks he has sold to all of us, so I am sure he can afford it :-). The only reason the deck went so high was that Lo Scarabeo was bidding against him. Talk about two giants in the tarot business. 


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