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Published November 03, 2022 Updated November 03, 2022

Scouting playing cards

Cartoon-style illustrations promoting a Belgian organisation for scouts and guides.

2003 Belgium Cartamundi VVKSM Cartoon Humour Nature & Environment Add to Collection

The slogan on the back of these cards reads “scouting, da’s Durven” which means “scouting, that’s Daring”. The cards therefore show some of the “daring” activities in which scouts and guides may engage. Every card is illustrated in a cartoon style, with the court cards having a different design at each end, and some of the pips on the numeral cards being “transformed”. VVKSM was the Flemish Federation of Catholic Scouts and Guides. It changed its name in 2006 to SGV (Scouts and Guides of Flanders). The indices are in Dutch. See the box

Scouting playing cards printed by Carta Mundi for VVKSM vzw, Antwerp, Belgium, 2003 Scouting playing cards printed by Carta Mundi for VVKSM vzw, Antwerp, Belgium, 2003 Scouting playing cards printed by Carta Mundi for VVKSM vzw, Antwerp, Belgium, 2003

Above: Scouting playing cards printed by Carta Mundi for VVKSM vzw, Antwerp, Belgium, 2003. 52 cards + 2 Jokers (marked with scout and guide emblems in the four corners) + extra card in tuck box. Size: 56 x 87 mm.

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By Roddy Somerville

Member since May 31, 2022

Roddy started collecting stamps on his 8th birthday. In 1977 he joined the newly formed playing-card department at Stanley Gibbons in London before setting up his own business in Edinburgh four years later. His collecting interests include playing cards, postcards, stamps (especially playing cards on stamps) and sugar wrappers. He is a Past President of the Scottish Philatelic Society, a former Chairman of the IPCS, a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards and Curator of the WCMPC’s collection of playing cards. He lives near Toulouse in France.


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