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.
Colourful and attractive designs by Violeta Monreal, inspired by stained glass through the ages.
Publicity pack for the German brewery Nordbräu with Bavarian pattern courts (adapted).
Courts dressed in Baroque costumes in a pack printed by KZWP, Kraków, Poland, 1981.
Exquisite designs with characters and scenes from Russian folk tales by the artist Yury Shakov.
54 different endangered species depicted in full colour published by Safari Limited, Ojus, Florida, USA, c1986.
Publicity pack designed by Henning Loerzer for Busskamp & Koch, an advertising agency in Munich.
52 different colour pictures of Singapore, Malaya and Borneo from the early 1960s.
Reproduction of a pack by Antoine Dieudonné, Grevenmacher, Luxembourg, c1850.
Portraits, signatures and brief biographies of the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence.
A 1982 World Cup commemoration pack by Heráldica Castanyer from Spain with non-standard suits.
Two packs (one French-suited, one Spanish-suited) for the World Cup held in Spain, 1982.
Courts and Aces inspired by Polynesian history and culture designed by Michèle Feltrin.
Pack of playing cards with pop stars offered free with the Smash Hits magazine.
Updated courts retaining elements of a standard French pack by C. Gerentes, Lyon.
Playing cards issued to mark the German federal elections held on 2 December 1990.
Modern transformation pack including some saucy images created by Siegfried Heilmeier.
Seaboard Air Line Railway souvenir playing cards made by USPC Co., USA, c1910.
Publicity pack for product which controls fungal diseases in a range of crops, printed by Trefl, Kraków, Poland, c2005.
A colourful 1970s take on the major arcana designed by Peter Geitner, with titles in German.
Prophet Fortune Telling Cards copyright and made by Thomas de la Rue & Co., 1933.
Figures from French history restyled for a younger audience published by Quelle Histoire, 2015.
‘Fishing for Compliments’ playing cards created by Pixel Initiative, illustrated by Stacey Jay Kelly.