First up – a bit of useless knowledge. But relevant! At least, I think so… According to the book “The Encyclopedia of Tarot”, by Stuart R. Kaplan, tarot cards – and playing cards - have appeared in many sizes and shapes throughout history. On page 9 of this book, is a diagram showing many of these sizes, in “real time” dimensions. There are fifteen different sizes shown, each with their own name according to the person/company that created the deck(s) produced at said sizes. They range from 7 inches tall to 1 3/4 inches tall, from 4 inches wide to 7/8 of an inch. Size number 13 is simply called the New Tarot Deck. The size is 2.5 by 3.5 inches.
Sketch cards, or art cards, as we know them today are 2.5 by 3.5 inches. They are Tarot cards in disguise!
I am neither a practitioner nor a believer of Tarot cards, but I do think some of the artwork produced for some of those sets are just stunning, and so many were created waaaaay before any electronic media existed. They were – in those times – created ALL by hand! Much like sketch cards are now. And the medieval illuminated works of incredibility. Though I gotta say, I am not sure it’s possible to come up with anyone in modern times who can come close to some of the scribes of medieval times…
Sorry, the mind boggles and wanders… And now that I’ve bummed myself out with complete insignificance and insecurity, I shall post the links to two cards I have available for sale. Honestly, I just thought it was interesting, the correlation between the Tarot and Sketch cards…
One return card from Viceroy Cards’ The Deep trading card set (an Angler Fish), and the other is Obi-Wan Kenobi, painted on my personal card stock. Click the card images to few them on Ebay. The Angler Fish (Artist Proof card, very rare) is $75, and Obi-Wan is $50. Obi-Wan is a “cheap date” because he is on my own stock and has no official sticker on the back. Only the face of my horse logo.
Artist Proof card from Viceroy Cards’ The Deep trading card set. 2.5 x 3.5 inches, acrylic paint.
Thank you for looking, and contact me with any questions!