Albano-Waite Tarot Deck (USG edition)

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78 cards in standard cardboard box
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In Print
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1991 (USG facsimile edition), with numerous subsequent reprintings
Author, Artists:
Arthur Edware Waite, Pamela Colman Smith, Frankie Albano
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Reprint of Albano's 1968 tarot, based directly on Waite and Smith's designs, but with altered coloration.

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  • 5
    Albano-Waite Tarot Deck (USG Edition)

    Posted by Martha C on Jun 22nd 2020

    I remember long ago having a Tarot deck with somewhat alternate colors from the regular Waite decks (which I considered very bland and washed out). I lost the deck and tried FOREVER to find it, which I never did UNTIL I found it here at the Tarot Garden! I was so excited ! The colors are so vibrant and I am happy again to have this lovely deck!

  • 4
    A beautiful Waite-Smith deck!

    Posted by John E. on Nov 27th 2017

    Many years ago when I was beginning to study Tarot and learning to do readings, my mother gave me her 1968 edition of the Albano-Waite Tarot (it is strange to see a Tarot box without a UPC and ISBN). I had the USG version of the RWS already, so I was familiar with the imagery and was excited to try it out. However, it was old and when I tried shuffling it one of the cards split apart (front from back). So, that deck became a keepsake which I still have. So, I finally decided to purchase a new edition of the deck which I could use for readings and I am very glad I did. The cards seem to be made much better than the '68 edition, which, of course, lets me use it without fear of damage. The colors are just as vibrant as the old edition, I would even say they're better, but age could be a factor. Some cards of the new edition seem to be a little blurred - the lines being thicker, even fuzzy, so the images aren't as "clean" looking. Interestingly, some print errors from the '68 edition show up in the new one as well, for example, on The Moon, the lobster has a red spot on it's back in both cards (which doesn't appear to belong). The blurring of some of the cards is the main reason I didn't go 5 stars. Also, the card stock, in spite of being an improvement over the older deck, doesn't seem to be quite up to USG standards (at least compared to my original RWS and a few others I have).