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 Posted: Sat Apr 26th, 2014 07:36 pm
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uncle fester
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I see with for example the rider Waite obviously to avoid anything with us games written in copyright anywhere on the cards or box and other obvious things like web site address and bar codes etc these are all obvious things but can anyone give nay general advice when looking to collect tarot cards that are pre digital age and the rarer older decks for example .....I ask as I'm new to collecting I've have a few decks on and of over the years but only recently thought about collecting...and very often on eBay they name them as older but they are not...Allso with amazon you only get the picture of the box. What sort of things should I be looking for or asking the seller...help would be appreciated from one tarot lover to another !!!

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 Posted: Mon Apr 28th, 2014 04:08 am
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I'm not sure which kinds of decks you have in mind.

It's not usually the oldest decks that are faked, but the newer ones that are so-called "limited editions" because they may appeal to a broader market. 

The line-drawn "Hello Kitty" and "Stick Figure" tarots are easy to copy.

Il Meneghello makes lovely facsimiles of antique decks, many in boxes covered with mottled brown and tan paper (and a label--that can be pulled off). If someone says a deck is "old" or "looks old" you might want to check if it's an Il Meneghello facsimile or an "original" old deck. On the original, it's dirt. On the facsimile, the dirt is printed on.

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 Posted: Mon Apr 28th, 2014 08:24 am
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That's really good information Debra good things to look out for ....was thinking in terms of decks you buy online as obviously there are auction sites on line to name a few ! And unlike the outside auction where you can physically check something in front of your eyes...was thinking what can I ask buyer before buying decks like babara walker and tarot de vieville

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 Posted: Mon Apr 28th, 2014 08:50 am
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There used to be a seller on Ebay based in Singapore who
sold poor quality copies of modern decks. The person even
offered some of these in different sizes ! I don't think
this project was very successful as it seems to have sunk without trace.

There used to be a number of people in Russia who pirated
editions of modern decks. Happily these sources seem to
have dried up.

The culprits, apart from the pirates, are those
individuals who are circulating high resolution scans
of tarot decks. Without the pirates having access to
these they have no source material to work with. People
who scan and distribute hires images of tarot decks have
often eroded sales and made it impossible for small
publishers to continue.

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 Posted: Mon Apr 28th, 2014 08:52 am
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Blimey that bad ! Thanks for the heads up

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 Posted: Mon Apr 28th, 2014 09:47 am
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Decks issued 1970 through into the 90s will have been
either printed by offset lithography or in a handful of
cases by colour photocopiers.

People copying decks today will probably use a home
digital printer. It is not too difficult to see the
difference between colour lithography and modern inkjet
or laserjet printing.

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 Posted: Wed Apr 30th, 2014 11:15 am
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I guess there is possibly slighlty more protection buying online through some online auction sites than say at a car boot sale where the person just vanishes into thin air! Win some loose some I guess and you get more experienced as time goes by in knowing what to look out for !

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