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.
Tarot game pack with fantasy sci-fi artwork on the trumps published by Pocket SF, France.
Playing cards slanted to the right, issued to mark George W. Bush’s second term of office.
Issued to mark the opening of line 3 of the metro in Valencia, 1998.
Celebrating the work of Andreas Vesalius in the quincentenary year of his birth.
Jeu de 54 cartes, completely anonymous, designed to resemble locally produced French packs.
Portuguese proverbs in combination with special courts and suit-signs published by Apenas Livros, Lisbon.
Great Britains’s Olympic gold medallists from 1964 to 2004 published by the British Olympic Association.
Celebration of the work of David Kindersley, stone letter-carver and typeface designer. Published by the Cardozo Kindersley Workshop, Cambridge, UK, 2015.
Set of caricatures and cartoons in aid of a Polish children’s charity. c.2000.
Souvenir pack from Garuda Indonesia, the national airline of Indonesia, c.1985.
Luxurious Spanish-suited pack made by Alphonse Arnoult, Paris, France, c.1850.
Rules and regulations that guided prison life in America’s most notorious prison.
Pack celebrating the rugby world champions of 2003. Produced by MMcardz.
Original designs from the French overseas department of Martinique by local artist Martine Porry.
Stylish monochrome designs by the Archinstudio of Guido Bolzani and Gian-Piero Spagnolo, printed by Masenghini, Bergamo, Italy, 1977.
Standard French designs adapted for children. Made by France Cartes for La Grande Récré, c.2016.
Fifty-five paintings of Bulgaria published as “Sense of Bulgaria” by Land of Roses Ltd, Bulgaria, c.2015.
Fifty-five rare stamps of the world in full colour, published jointly by David Feldman SA of Switzerland and Tower Philatelic, USA, 2001.
San Marino stamp designs combined with photographic views by La Fotometalgrafica Emiliana, c.1975.
Estonian national costumes and everyday items feature on this pack made in Estonia.
Complete re-design of traditional pack into what the publishers considered to be ergonomically efficient.
A colourful pack of round cards with Ganjifa designs by Asha Industries, Mumbai, India, 2002.
Pack designed for La Maison de L’Artisanat Ltée, Mauritius, by Hervé de Cotter.
Non-standard designs on Nepalese handmade paper for Pilgrims Book House, Kathmandu, Nepal, c.2000.
Pack designed by Jean David (1908-93) for El Al Airlines. The courts are named after Biblical characters.
“Clans & Tartans of Scotland” deck of cards designed and illustrated by Romilly Squire, 1997.
“Five 'o One” playing cards, a version of the Dondorf Rhineland pattern, manufactured by Universal Playing Card Co. Ltd for export to Scandinavia.