The Stairs of Gold Tarot cards designed by Giorgio Tavaglione contain multiple attributions which appear somewhat complicated at first sight. Whilst the titles of the cards are in Italian, the Hebrew and Sanskrit letters on the Trump cards denote, respectively, associations with the Cabbala and Vedic metaphysics. In addition there are signs of the Zodiac, Numbers, Celestial alphabet letters and other cryptic symbols incorporated into the ornate borders, as well as the imagery of the Tarot itself, all of which offer the prospect of very in-depth readings with plenty of esoteric correspondences. We could not find any runes or ogham characters amongst the many mystical signs. The minor arcana cards have the same borders and also some symbols.
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Rod Starling is one of the founding members of the 52 Plus Joker card collectors club. He has written many articles for the club's quarterly newsletter, Clear the Decks. His collection still encompasses both foreign and American decks. Rod has also authored a book titled The Art and Pleasures of Playing Cards.
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Tarot game pack with fantasy sci-fi artwork on the trumps published by Pocket SF, France.
Carte da Gioco Toscana souvenir deck, 2002.
Fortune-telling pack with divinatory rhymes in Polish, c.1985.
Stylish monochrome designs by the Archinstudio of Guido Bolzani and Gian-Piero Spagnolo, printed by Masenghini, Bergamo, Italy, 1977.
Gó Succo fruit juice promotion deck featuring Walt Disney cartoons.
San Marino stamp designs combined with photographic views by La Fotometalgrafica Emiliana, c.1975.
Comic Fortune-Telling Cards published by Reynolds & Sons, c.1850.
Playing cards are used for fortune-telling, predicting the future or even as a psychological adjunct to folk medicine and therapy.
Myriorama of Italian scenery, 1824.
Fortune Telling cards by Whitman Publishing Co., 1940.
La Sibylle des Salons facsimile of 19th century deck published by J M Simon, 1979.
Portraits of a Lady by Lo Scarabeo, 2003.
Alice with artwork by Jesús Blasco, published by Lo Scarabeo, 2003.
Liberty playing cards designed by Antonella Castelli, published by Lo Scarabeo, 2003.
Il Circo illustrated by Jules Garnier, published by Lo Scarabeo, 2004.
Facsimile of Swiss William Tell deck from c.1870 published by Lo Scarabeo.
Le Jeu du Destin Antique, originally published by Grimaud in XIX c., republished many times since...
Baracca & Burattini puppetry deck printed by Dal Negro, 1998.
Martin Mystère based on the comic book by Alfredo Castelli. The cards were designed by Giancarlo Alessandrini.
Playtex - le jeu de la beauté et du destin, Grimaud, 1971.
Facsimile of “Le Jeu de la Guerre” designed by Gilles de la Boissière in 1698.
Egyptian Tarot published by Naipes La Banca, Buenos Aires, c.1980.
“El Oráculo de la Bruja” fortune-telling cards, 2003.
Facsimile of Tarot de Marseille by Iohann Christoph Hes, Augsburg, c.1750.
Avventure di Pinocchio by Dal Negro, based on Carlo Collodi’s famous 1883 novel “The Adventures of Pinocchio”.
Kinney Bros Transparent playing cards with hidden images and fortunes, c.1890.
Facsimile of Dondorf’s “Musikalisches Kartenspiel” (c.1862) published by Lo Scarabeo, 2004
Pinocchio fairy tale playing cards illustrated by Iassen Ghiuselev for Lo Scarabeo, 2003.
Jeu Grotesque was first published in France c.1800.
Dal Negro Bridge set featuring old Vienna pattern courts.
“Carte Romane” designed by Giorgio Pessione, 1973, celebrating the history of Rome.
Cuccù or Cucco, an ancient Italian card game, published by Masenghini, 1979.
Sarde pattern published by Modiano, c.1975, based on early XIX century Spanish model.
The Triestine pattern is derived from the Venetian (Trevisane) pattern but with its own characteristics.
Primiera Bolognese by Modiano, c.1975
Bergamasche Pattern by Modiano, 1970s.
Bharata Major Arcana Tarot by Ishan Trivedi & Sunish Chabba, 2018. Inspired by Indian art forms.
Georgian Fortune Telling Cards, c.1800.
Black Cat Fortune Telling Cards published by Parker Bros, 1897