Hm, Phaeded ... perhaps you are able to mark that sentence of mine, which let you think about "crackpot". Perhaps you mean: "From the early Trionfi cards we have no clear evidence for the appearance of decks with 22 special cards." Well, then I get problems and get serious doubts about your ability to understand my English sentences. Perhaps I've made a language error? But, let's see ... can you point to an extant Trionfi deck before 1487, which shows clear evidence for the existence of 22 special cards in its structure? Well, if you can do so, please do. If you can't do, please excuse yourself for a momentary reading error and a false use of the word "crackpot". Or explain, why my English sentences produce misunderstandings. Perhaps we have a different opinion about the terminus "clear evidence".Phaeded wrote: 06 Sep 2022, 18:42^ excellent example of what I consider "crackpot."Huck wrote: 05 Sep 2022, 01:13 From the early Trionfi cards we have no clear evidence for the appearance of decks with 22 special cards. The oldest clear evidence seems to be the Tarocchi poem of Matteo Maria Boiardo. I personally see reasons to date this to January 1487, so relative near to the Kabbala activities of Giovanni Pico de Mirandola in December 1486, who is presented as the first Christian Kabbalist.