Roddy SomervilleMember 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.
Promotional pack for a German steel hardening business, with designs by Costante Costantini.
Calendar events and visitor attractions to be found in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.
Standard designs by M.F. Milward of Chicago, resembling those of Andrew Dougherty.
Cyclists from the Domex-Weinmann team who took part in the 1989 Tour de France.
Characters from the famous Italian comic book series, Tex, created by Gian Luigi Bonelli and Aurelio Galleppini.
Non-standard designs by Chiari of Florence with some of the features of a traditional Florentine pattern pack.
Anti-Communist propaganda pack with satirical designs by Benito Jacovitti.
Cards on cards in celebration of playing-card collector Franz Braun’s 75th birthday.
Illustrations by Yannick Pennanguer of old sailing ships for Brest 2004, a maritime festival.
54 classic images from a bygone age of railway travel from the National Railway Museum, York.
Mountains, flowers, animals, tourist sites of the Pyrenees, all drawn by the artist Pertuzé.
Colourful card game featuring the Marvel Comics superhero Spider-Man and some of his fearsome adversaries.
Fully pictorial pack featuring rockets, satellites, scientists and views from space.
Artist Edward Locker’s view of London life in 1799, using every card in the pack as part of the picture.
A Spanish-suited pack as conceived by 48 different artists from the region of Murcia.
Cowboys and American Indians on a pack for Neiman Marcus, the Dallas department store.
Designs by Jürgen Pankarz for the 20th anniversary of the Wolfgang Dorn advertising agency, Cologne.
Bold designs by Jacques Auriac representing people and enterprises for which the town of Issy-les-Moulineaux is famous.
Issued to mark the centenary of the death of Alessandro Manzoni, one of Italy’s greatest writers.
Re-edition of a French-suited Spanish pack from the Napoleonic era, with designs by J. Carrafa.
Detailed pen and ink drawings of the major arcana by the German artist Helmut Wonschick.
‘Authentic English fortune telling’ Tarot cards said to be based on a 15th century original found in the British Museum.
Drawn by Bernard Cookson, the clues, riddles and puzzles on these cards could have won the solver a bar of silver or gold.
Pack devised by Volker Scheub depicting characters associated with the city of Tübingen.
Original designs by French artist Jean Vérame, with clubs replaced by four-leaf clovers to bring good luck.
Caricatures by António Moreira Antunes of Portuguese politicians from the 1980s, with non-standard suits corresponding to their respective parties.
Famous people and places of the Somme department in northern France, with designs by James Hodges.
Paintings, statues, monuments and maps associated with different routes to Compostela.
Designs by Guitián, published by Ideas Peregrinas, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, c2018.
Characters from the Italian comic series Diabolik, with designs by Paolo and Sergio Zaniboni.
French-suited fortune-telling pack with distinctive designs by Italian artist Sergio Ruffolo.
Soviet and other Communist celebrities depicted on every card, designed by Vladislav Pankevitch.
Celebrating the costumes, architecture, coins and crafts of Aragon in Spain, with designs by Raúl Rodriguez Segurado.
Original paintings by Jane Daniell depicting characters from Shakespeare’s plays.
Photos of American football players representing the University of Alabama in 1972.