I understand your confusion. There are probably thousands of decks, each unique with its own apeal. I prefer classical ones and have started a collection of decks published before 1900. These are reproductions, mind you, I couldn't afford originals. But, because of their antiquity I feel a stronger tie to the original thought behind them. Those decksa are 1) Soprafine 1850's or there abouts, and 2) Etruria cerca 1725. Only 2000 decks were reproduced for each of these decks, and so they hold a special place for me because of that. You might be able to go online and find one for sale, though I would never let mine go.
In the end, the deck you choose must speak to you. Without that voice being heard before you buy it, you will have a hard time hearing anything after you do.
I am new to Tarot as well. I really didn't decide I wanted to learn the cards, they sort of chose me. I just felt I needed them. I looked at several card / book combo's and chose one that was fairly simple and straight forward. I guess what I didn't understand is that while the book's explanation of a meaning is only a guide and I at once understood that more was being told to me.
I have gravitated to the Mythical Tarot which just felt "right". That is the best advice I can give. When you see the one that is "right" for you, you will know it. Listen and the cards will chose you.
I have been taking a course through "Magickaschool.com" on the Tarot, it is free and extremely enlightening on all aspects of the cards from their origins to the influence of the Golden Dawn, Eliphas Levi, A.E. Waite, Israel Regarde, and Aliestar Crowley on the cards.
For instance, the cards originally came from Fez in Egypt in the 14th century to Italy and then France, they were called "Mamluk" cards then. They have been used for gaming, meditation, and divination a very long time.
The Psychologist Garl Gustave Jung was fascinated on the effects the cards have on the human psyche and the impact they have on archtypes. C.G Jung was most famous for rather cruel experiments that give tangible evidence that we have souls.
The Ancient Hebrew mysticism of the Kabbalah is embedded in most of the cards we use today.
I picked mine because it jumped out at me and called to me. I have a rule never buy anything that don't call to me. my deck called to me and I thought about the deck long and hard for weeks before buying it because I wanted to make sure it was a posative calling not a negative one.
i had my first tarot deck given to me as a gift from my aunt and i love it but my second deck when i found it in a shop in Atlanta jumped out at me and i got so excited as i felt pulled to it. i wouldnt put to much thought into the deck you want but i recomend starting out with an oracl deck its easyer for beginers to use and get the feel for. i was lucky enough to find mine as an oracle deck. if you dont mind recomendations though i would look up the Goddess Guidance oracle cards they are beautiful and very acurate and easy to learn. But first and formost make sure the deck feels right for YOU. i think that having a personal conection with your cards is very important. example: if your looking at 10 differant deck adn you keep going back to a certain one than thats the one that is most likely calling out to you.
i would try amazon.com
i have found many beautiful decks there at a reasonable price.