LAST ORDERS PLEASE!

Yes – we regret to announce that we will cease trading on 31st August 2011. Falling sales, ever rising postage costs and the general economic climate have taken their toll.

We would like to thank all our loyal customers, past and present, for helping us to survive for more than 30 years.

We may continue trading in a more modest way, perhaps on eBay or Delcampe. If you would like to be kept informed of this, please let us know.

If you wish to place any last-minute orders please do so as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Please note, however, that orders placed between 20th and 28th August will only be despatched after that date.


Van Gogh - Iris by Piatnik (Austria) - in the Standard Regional Pattern Catalogue.  Click this picture to see more details.

Piatnik Playing Cards - boxed pairs of packs
Ideal as gifts for card players. We have lots more double packs by Piatnik of Vienna to choose from - click here to see them.

Shown here: Vincent Van Gogh - Iris - by Piatnik.
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Welcome to playingcardsales.com

the internet catalogue for R. Somerville Playing Cards.

This catalogue system allows you to search through our considerable range of playing cards and Tarot cards, select items you would like to buy, find out how much they will cost to send and pay by credit card using our secure server for maximum security. To find what you are looking for, use the search function (link above) or browse through selections of the catalogue using the links below. We hope you will find it straightforward to use the catalogue - if you are unsure about anything, please see the help section (link on banner above) or the page called 'Using the site and FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)' which you can find via the menu on the left of this page.


The General Catalogue

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The General Section includes all suited packs with non-standard faces and game packs which don't have suits. Click General on menu bar above to see this catalogue. A fuller explanation is given on the page 'How to find what you are looking for' in the Help section - click 'Help' on the menu bar above.


The Standard Regional Patterns Catalogue

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The Standard Regional Patterns section includes all the packs of cards we stock with standard faces.

Most people are familiar with the widely used 52 card pack which is often supplemented with jokers and used for a wide variety of card games by card players all over the world. A good selection of standard face packs by Piatnik of Vienna can be found if you go to the Standard Regional Pattern section of the catalogue (click the link at the top of this page).

Additionally, we carry a considerable range of regional pattern packs for different games that are popular around Europe and elsewhere. Many regions have particular games which require different numbers of cards, and regional differences are further reflected by the use of different suits and characters on the court (royal) cards. Click Regional on menu bar above to see this catalogue. A fuller explanation is given in the help section on a page called 'How to find what you are looking for'.


The Tarot Catalogue

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The Tarot and Fortune Telling Section includes cards for fortune telling and also packs of cards for playing the game of Tarot which is still popular in many parts of Europe. Click Tarot on the menu bar above to see this catalogue. A fuller explanation is given in the help section (click 'help' on the banner above) on a page called 'How to find what you are looking for'.



click here for Cards for Magic & Conjuring

The Magic section includes cards for magicians and conjurors professional and amateur alike. You can browse our stock by publisher or alternatively, we've split it into two sections, one of which just contains cards for fancy fanning while the other has all the trick packs we currently have in stock. Click "by type of pack" on the menu at the top left hand corner of this page to see these lists.

You can get matching standard face packs for some of the trick packs - look in the Standard Regional Patterns (Regional) section for matching packs from USPCCo (Bicycle), Fournier and Piatnik.

Click on the link above to see what we have in stock.



click here for Books

Playing Card History, Rules for Games and Tarot & Fortune-telling

The Books Section includes books on the History of playing cards and Tarot cards, books containing the rules for playing games and books about how to use Tarot and fortune-telling cards. Click on the link above to see what we have in stock.



Click here for a complete listing of all categories in all sections of the catalogue.


Getting around the site

More detailed instructions are given in the help section. (Click the link above and go to "How to find what you are looking for".)

To get around the site, use the menu bars at top and side of the page to find your way to different pages, or come back to this home page to go to a different section of the catalogue. Within each catalogue section, you can browse by various different categories - for example, the General Section lists packs by Country of Publication, Subject or Theme, or by Type of pack - select which sort of list you would like to look at by clicking on the short menu at the top of menu panel on the left hand side of your screen. Then choose from the list which appears below. Click here for a complete listing of all categories in all sections of the catalogue.

Click the 'View basket/checkout' button at the bottom right of your screen at any time to review what you have selected, change your selection or proceed to the checkout. You can see a full quotation of how much your order will cost including the postage and packing charges before deciding to buy and going to the secure server to give delivery instructions and your credit card details. Alternative arrangements are available for those who do not wish to pay by credit card over the internet. More detailed instructions are given in the help section. (Click the link above.)

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General information

This catalogue includes the most comprehensive listing of what we have in stock that we have ever posted on the WWW. We still have some work to do to get illustrations and descriptions of all items completed, but over three quarters of the items listed do now have pictures and getting more up is an on-going programme. Please bear with us! If you need more information about any of the items listed, please don't hesitate to contact us.

This catalogue has now been up for several years and we are happy to say that there have not been any serious problems and most minor snags which we are aware of have been ironed out.

We are pleased with the improved "Search" and "What's new" facilities and the totally revamped ordering process is a significant improvement as it works out postage and packing charges and export VAT rebates automatically as you place your order. So by the time you submit your order, you will know exactly how much it will cost you.

Please have a look around and tell us what you think. (There's a feedback form for you to fill out which you can get to by clicking "feedback" on the menu on the left of this page - click "Home" at the top of the page if the right menu isn't there.)

Above all, we hope you enjoy browsing through our catalogue!

Roderick Somerville (Proprietor - R. Somerville Playing Cards)


R. Somerville (Playing Cards), Place de la Mairie, F-31420 ALAN, France.

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This page last updated: 16th September, 2011

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The Joy of Wine - in the General Catalogue.  Click this picture to see more details.
The Joy of Wine - by Piatnik for Bird Playing Cards Click on the picture for details.

R. Somerville (Playing Cards) currently has a range of around 2,500 different packs of cards!! If you find this a bit daunting, have a look at the page called 'How to find what you are looking for' in the Help section. (There's a link in the banner above.)

Gilbert & Sullivan Playing Cards by R. Somerville Playing Cards.

Gilbert & Sullivan Playing Cards Click on the picture for more details.

We have had a site on the internet since December 1997 and the current catalogue system went live in August 2002.
Click here for news from us and comments from our customers during the first year of the new catalogue.

Guinness Poster Deck II by Carta Mundi (Belgium) - in the General Catalogue.  Click this picture to see more details.
Guinness Poster Deck II Click on the picture for details.

To help you navigate around the site we have divided it into three main areas: General, Standard Regional Patterns and Tarot. Check the descriptions of each section given on this page to see where to find what you are looking for. Each area is further categorised by Country, Subject and Type. There are additional sections for books and cards for magicians. More infomation on finding your way around the site can be found in the help section. (Click the link above.)

Swiss Pattern for Piquet - Click the link on the banner above to go to the Standard REGIONAL Pattern Catalogue or click this image to see all our Swiss pattern packs and find links to all other Regional Pattern packs.
Click on this picture to see all our Swiss pattern packs and find links to all other regional pattern packs.

There is also a Search function which allows you to search the whole site or subsections of it and a What's new? function which allows you to see what has been added or modified recently. You can specify how far back you would like to go to see new and modified entries. More information on both types of searching can be found in the help section. (Click the links here or in the banner above and the details appear in the panel on the left of your screen.)

Rider Waite Tarot by AGM - Tarot cards in the Tarot Catalogue (Cat Ref 11180).  Click this image to see more details of this pack or click the link on the banner above to go to the Tarot Catalogue.

We have a considerable range of Tarot cards for both fortune-telling and the game of tarot. These can be found in the Tarot section. Fortune-telling cards (as distinct from Tarot cards for fortune-telling) can also be found in this section. Click the link to Tarot in the banner above to reach this section of the catalogue.

A 'standard English pattern' (i.e. International faces) pack - there are a great many of these in the Standard English face packs in the Standard Regional Patterns Catalogue. Click this image to see Standard English face packs or the link on the banner above to go to the Standard REGIONAL Pattern Catalogue.

A 'standard English pattern' (i.e. International faces) pack is illustrated above - there are a great many of these in the Standard English face packs in the Standard Regional Patterns Catalogue. Click this image to see Standard English face packs or the link on the banner above to go to the Standard REGIONAL Pattern Catalogue.
Charta Bellica - in the General Catalogue.  Click this picture to see more details.
Charta Bellica by Piatnik Click on the picture for details.