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.
Standard Catalan designs of the late 19th century by Sucesores de Viuda Sanmartí e Hijo, Barcelona.
Souvenir pack featuring fortresses, museums, traditions, folk costumes, flora and fauna of Braşov County.
Publicity pack featuring various historical figures “on the ‘phone”.
Wartime edition of standard designs with fewer colours, a special back design and an overprint.
A kaleidoscope of form and colour encapsulated in a contemporary pack of playing cards.
Catalan pattern (‘Escudo de Barcelona’) with youthful courts and attractive colouring.
Alejo Gabarró “El Cuervo” Catalan pattern playing cards, Igualada, Spain, c.1904.
Festive courts on a Waddingtons pack designed to celebrate Christmas 1980.
Christmas gift with a difference, made by Waddington’s, Leeds, 1931.
Courts in medieval costume holding both French and Italian/Spanish suit-signs.
Promotional pack for a brand of Japanese whisky, featuring comic Wild West characters.
Advertising pack for Japanese fashion and lifestyle business featuring different national and regional costumes.
Colourful advertising pack for Fujitsu Limited, reminiscent of the flower power/psychedelic era.
Artist-designed playing cards produced to demonstrate the quality of a printing technique.
Tarot trumps designed by Juan Ballesta and inspired by 1970s pop culture, promoting Baci chocolates.
Quartet game featuring the kobold Pumuckl, creation of the German author Ellis Kaut.
Advertising pack for a travel company with humorous illustrations of all sorts of travellers.
A special pack of playing cards for an unusual game played almost exclusively in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
Issued to coincide with the release in 2003 of the American superhero film, The Hulk.
Peanuts comic strip characters on cards for regular play or a special game based on baseball.
Four of the great coffee-producing countries represented in a commemorative pack of playing cards.
Promotional playing cards for a brand of Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.