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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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1981 Barok playing cards nr 232

Barok playing cards nr 232

Courts dressed in Baroque costumes in a pack printed by KZWP, Kraków, Poland, 1981.

1994 Deutsche Dampflokomotiven

Deutsche Dampflokomotiven

German steam locomotives from the period 1892 to 1950.

1992 Joshi Bharát Tarot

Joshi Bharát Tarot

A set of the major arcana created by an Indian fortune-teller living in Hungary.

1984 The Firebird playing cards

The Firebird playing cards

Exquisite designs with characters and scenes from Russian folk tales by the artist Yury Shakov.

1988 Mercedes-Benz Skat

Mercedes-Benz Skat

Classy-looking designs by Monika Dostler for a manufacturer of posh cars.

1995 Bahlsen Skat

Bahlsen Skat

Publicity pack for a German food company, featuring some of their products.

1995 Marvel Poker

Marvel Poker

Marvel comic book characters on a pack from Italy with designs by Marco Nizzoli.

1986 Endangered Species and other animals

Endangered Species and other animals

54 different endangered species depicted in full colour published by Safari Limited, Ojus, Florida, USA, c1986.

1972 Rombach + Co Skat

Rombach + Co Skat

Publicity pack designed by Uschi Dorner for a bookshop in Freiburg im Breisgau.

1971 B & K Skat

B & K Skat

Publicity pack designed by Henning Loerzer for Busskamp & Koch, an advertising agency in Munich.

1970 Overstolz Cigaretten

Overstolz Cigaretten

Colourful publicity playing cards for a brand of German cigarettes.

1962 Souvenir of Singapore, Malaya and Borneo

Souvenir of Singapore, Malaya and Borneo

52 different colour pictures of Singapore, Malaya and Borneo from the early 1960s.

2007 Antoine Dieudonné c.1850

Antoine Dieudonné c.1850

Reproduction of a pack by Antoine Dieudonné, Grevenmacher, Luxembourg, c1850.

1994 The Liberty Deck

The Liberty Deck

Portraits, signatures and brief biographies of the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence.

1996 Iduna Skat

Iduna Skat

Advertising pack for a Hamburg building society featuring pigs in disguise.

1981 Baraja de Futbol Mundial-82

Baraja de Futbol Mundial-82

A 1982 World Cup commemoration pack by Heráldica Castanyer from Spain with non-standard suits.

1981 Mundiales 82 playing cards

Mundiales 82 playing cards

Two packs (one French-suited, one Spanish-suited) for the World Cup held in Spain, 1982.

2005 Sweetnotes playing cards

Sweetnotes playing cards

Heart-shaped cards with sweet notes on all the backs.

1997 Jeu de Tarot Astérix

Jeu de Tarot Astérix

A French Tarot game pack with Astérix and friends on all the trump cards.

1985 Hollywood Greats playing cards

Hollywood Greats playing cards

18 stars in black and white from the Golden Age of Hollywood.

1995 Volvo playing cards

Volvo playing cards

Celebrating 50 years of innovation in Volvo car design.

1983 Jeu de Cartes de Tahiti

Jeu de Cartes de Tahiti

Courts and Aces inspired by Polynesian history and culture designed by Michèle Feltrin.

The story behind some special Jokers

How the “Gibbons” Jokers came into being.

1984 Carmen playing cards

Carmen playing cards

Characters and scenes from the 1984 film of Bizet’s most famous opera, Carmen.

1985 Salmon playing cards

Salmon playing cards

13 colour photographs showing the life cycle of the salmon by Nintendo, Japan.

1985 Crazyrider playing cards

Crazyrider playing cards

Stylised portrayal of rock musicians from the 1980s.

1880 Paris pattern by Leclaire of Paris

Paris pattern by Leclaire of Paris

Standard designs from a little-known Parisian maker.

1999 Smash Hits playing cards

Smash Hits playing cards

Pack of playing cards with pop stars offered free with the Smash Hits magazine.

1900 Paris pattern variant from Lyon, c1900

Paris pattern variant from Lyon, c1900

Updated courts retaining elements of a standard French pack by C. Gerentes, Lyon.

1990 Tarock Schafkopf zum Wahlkampf 1990

Tarock Schafkopf zum Wahlkampf 1990

Playing cards issued to mark the German federal elections held on 2 December 1990.

1998 Golden Boys

Golden Boys

Players from the 1998 Czech Olympic ice hockey team with photography by Jiří Koliš.

1989 52 Transformierte Spielkarten

52 Transformierte Spielkarten

Modern transformation pack including some saucy images created by Siegfried Heilmeier.

1910 Seaboard Air Line Railway souvenir playing cards

Seaboard Air Line Railway souvenir playing cards

Seaboard Air Line Railway souvenir playing cards made by USPC Co., USA, c1910.

2015 Romania Souvenir playing cards

Romania Souvenir playing cards

High-quality souvenir pack with 53 different views of Romania.

1980 The Cartoonists' Pack

The Cartoonists' Pack

Semi-transformation pack created by four famous British cartoonists.

2005 Amistar playing cards

Amistar playing cards

Publicity pack for product which controls fungal diseases in a range of crops, printed by Trefl, Kraków, Poland, c2005.

1975 Sternenmädchens Wahrsagespiel Tarot

Sternenmädchens Wahrsagespiel Tarot

A colourful 1970s take on the major arcana designed by Peter Geitner, with titles in German.

1933 Prophet Fortune Telling Cards

Prophet Fortune Telling Cards

Prophet Fortune Telling Cards copyright and made by Thomas de la Rue & Co., 1933.

2011 Guinness World Records Cards

Guinness World Records Cards

52 Guinness World Records Cards published by if, Pickering, UK, 2011.

2015 Rois de France

Rois de France

Figures from French history restyled for a younger audience published by Quelle Histoire, 2015.

2014 Fishing for Compliments

Fishing for Compliments

‘Fishing for Compliments’ playing cards created by Pixel Initiative, illustrated by Stacey Jay Kelly.

2006 Papst Quartett

Papst Quartett

A quartet game featuring a selection of popes up to Benedict XVI.

1978 Rika playing cards

Rika playing cards

Playing cards depicting famous Austrian skiers of the 1970s.

2015 Salzburg Souvenir

Salzburg Souvenir

A souvenir pack with just one view – on the back!

2005 Views of Luxembourg

Views of Luxembourg

53 different scenic views of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

2007 Jazz Legends playing cards

Jazz Legends playing cards

52 different photographs of famous jazz musicians.

2004 Football playing cards

Football playing cards

52 different legends from the world of football.

1895 Sanmartí Catalan pattern

Sanmartí Catalan pattern

Standard Catalan designs of the late 19th century by Sucesores de Viuda Sanmartí e Hijo, Barcelona.

1972 Fan DACK Playing CARD

Fan DACK Playing CARD

Unusual cards in the shape of skittles, intended for fanning.

2017 Braşov County, Romania

Braşov County, Romania

Souvenir pack featuring fortresses, museums, traditions, folk costumes, flora and fauna of Braşov County.

1950 Compagnie Industrielle des Téléphones

Compagnie Industrielle des Téléphones

Publicity pack featuring various historical figures “on the ‘phone”.