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 Posted: Tue Sep 24th, 2019 04:06 pm
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Peter wrote: I think it's partly because prices seem to have shot up recently. Living in Europe means that due to the strong dollar and high import tax, I really have to want something badly from the US to fork out a lot of money. Even in Europe, though, people seem to be asking a lot more for decks than they did a few years ago, particularly on ebay. We're thinking about organising an exhibition of esoteric (and maybe art) tarot at one of the places I work here in Amsterdam, so I'm just keeping my eyes open for interesting imagery, as obsessively as ever.
Hi Peter.

Funny thing, I have quite a different view-
I've been astonished at how the market for the finest quality tarot art has nearly collapsed, with prices falling sharply over the past several years.
Hand printed works that I had been outbid on at $1000 to $1200 ten years ago are now often selling for $100 to $200, when they sell at all.
These days, the best tarot art is not in demand.

For several years, I focused my attention almost exclusively on antique decks. I hardly ever bought any "modern" tarot works, because I had lost confidence in their value. I've also been put off by the general decline in interest in fine art in the tarot world, as more and more people gravitated towards commercial tarot products. But watching  a few hand printed tarot portfolios sell for a fraction of what they used to go for has moved me to start up on modern tarot art again. I've gotten some really great things in the past year or two. For me, the increased cost of shipping becomes inconsequential when you can buy a $500 hand printed linocut deck for 20 bucks. (On the downside, for me, the fact that pretty much nobody in the tarot world cares about that deck anymore is more discouraging.)

On the other hand, I can see what you're saying about the prices of commercial "product-decks."
As prices were all over the place, and auctions became unreliable, when rare things did show up for sale, sellers started asking higher starting prices because they couldn't count on a stable marketplace. If a seller put up something great with a low starting bid, it could easily end up selling for a fraction of what it had been worth. So these days sellers start high, and often end up not selling at all. Very often some fabulous, rare tarot will languish for months or years at a high asking price, and eventually fade when nobody buys it.

Why this all came to be is a whole other discussion.

So, to answer TarotScholar's original post, I'd say I'm not burned out.
I'm just a lot quieter.

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