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.
Photos of American football players representing the University of Alabama in 1972.
Regional costumes and alpine flora on a French Tarot game pack marking 600 years of playing cards in Europe.
Unlikely, ridiculous or just plain impossible means of transport, drawn by Hubert Rublon.
Standard international pattern playing cards made in occupied Japan, c.1950.
Colourful, stylised courts designed by the French clown, comedian and filmmaker, Pierre Etaix.
Publicity pack for the Danish company, Velux, manufacturers of roof windows and skylights.
Costumes, masks and symbols from the island of Sardinia, with designs by Luciano Dettori and Tonino Caputo.
Characters from five famous operas brought alive in artist Silvia Maddonni’s inimitable style.
Artist Silvia Maddonni’s take on various characters from the French Revolution, in honour of the bicentenary in 1989.
Publicity pack for Jan Becher, a Czech liqueur company, with modified international courts.
Traditional carnival figures from the Swiss canton Schwyz, as interpreted by the artist Léon Schnyder.
Comic celebration of 700 years of the Swiss Confederation, 1291-1991, with designs by Roland Gazzotti.
20th century version of a single-ended Swiss-German pattern pack for the game of Jass.
Unusual example of a double-ended Genevan Dauphiné pattern pack from c1910.
Characters from the annual festival held to commemorate the failed attempt to storm Geneva in 1602.
54 black and white photographs of solo singers, duos and groups popular around 1990.
Colour photographs of the World Cup-winning French football squad of 2018.
54 different paintings from the collection of the Guildhall Art Gallery, London.
A vastly expanded pack with 8 suits for playing traditional or new games, devised by Roger Howard Butler Clough.
Fully illustrated set of cards depicting various aspects of Ancient Egyptian life and culture.
Comic courts and non-standard suits representing the Canary Islands, with designs by Eduardo Millares Sall.
Colourful figures associated with the annual festival held in Vilafranca, Catalonia.
54 different colour photographs of steam locomotives from around the world.
Six orders of chivalry represented pictorially by the artist Patrick Dallanégra.
A pack with court cards reflecting different ethnic and cultural groups found in Ethiopia.
Stunningly beautiful designs by the Japanese artist Tiger Tateishi for Gruppo Perotti.
Colourful advertising pack for Ilford designed by Mario Grasso, based on standard English courts.
Centenary playing cards illustrating vintage trucks and buses produced by the Swedish company Scania.
A pair of suited packs with artwork from Magic: The Gathering trading cards.
Large index broad size cards by AGMüller using a special red ink suitable for casinos.
Original designs depicting leaders and allegories from Russia, France, Great Britain and Belgium.
Families card game with comic designs featuring seven of the teams competing in the 1998 World Cup.
54 humorous illustrations of Royal Navy characters and Navy slang.
Amusing depiction of characters whom you might meet in the city and port of Marseille, as created by Anne Le Dantec.