The so-called Rider Tarot (due to its initial publisher, William Rider & Sons) continues to be the most popular Tarot deck sold worldwide. In the Tarot community this deck is usually called "RWS", standing for Rider-Waite-Smith; Waite for Arthur Edward Waite, mastermind behind the deck, and Smith for Pamela Colman Smith, artist and painter of the original images. The Waite-Smith Tarot (another name for the deck) will have its 100th birthday in December 2009. Due to this event U. S. Games will publish a Commemorative set:
Description: Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Rider-Waite Deck, the Pamela Colman Smith Commemorative set will be cherished by all tarot collectors and art lovers.
The deluxe set includes the Smith-Waite Centennial Tarot Deck and two books;
The Artwork and Times of Pamela Colman Smith, by Stuart R. Kaplan, with over 100 examples of her non-tarot art, and The Pictorial Key to the Tarot (italics) by Arthur Edward Waite, in a new format.
The Smith-Waite Centennial Edition Tarot Deck is reproduced from the original 1909 deck and comes with a 78-card deck with drawstring organza bag.
The set also includes: 2 prints of Pamela Colman Smith, one photo and one self-portrait, both 5” X 7” suitable for framing; six color postcards of artwork by Pamela Colman Smith;
and Spread Sheet Guide. Everything is attractively packaged in a deluxe keepsake case.