These are the standard rider-waite deck with pencil colouring in it to make them brighter and more vibrant. I wish I had known that before purchasing, because I prefer the 'authenticity' and retro look of the original printed decks, but they are the same illustrations and I almost always use them. A copy of the rider-waite is essential to any tarot study as the illustrations are the standard on which most tarot theory right now is built on. They are easy and clear to read, chock full of symbolism, and a must have. If you prefer a vintage and occult look, get the original. If you don't care of want something a bit more cheery, get these !