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.




Recent deliveries from a number of suppliers means we now have new stock of quite a number of items, some of which had been out of stock for a while. Nearly 50 new items have been added in the last month; almost all of these and quite a few other items have had new sample illustrations added in the last few days. (Nearly 90% of the stock on the site is now illustrated.)

To locate quickly and easily new packs, those which have had pictures added recently and those recently back in stock, click the "What's new?" link on the banner on any of our main catalogue pages.
(Posted by Website Manager - 09/04/09)



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Our tenth year on the Internet

November 2005 marked the beginning of our tenth year of trading on the Internet. Our website is now very much more sophisticated and comprehensive than the very simple and limited original pages, the first of which was first posted in November 1996. (Click the link to see what our first page looked like.)

As one of the first organisations to offer playing cards for sale on the internet, we feel we have come a long way since the early days and are pleased to be probably the longest established internet traders in playing cards on the WWW.

This year we are celebrating 25 years in the business of selling playing cards - R. Somerville Playing Cards was established in February 1981. See "About is" for more information.





NEWS FROM THE STOCKROOM (February 2005)

Mr Somerville is off on his travels visiting the trade fairs around Europe as I write, searching for new and interesting packs and playing card related items to offer you in the weeks ahaed. Last year, we added over 200 new packs to our range - I've got a bet with the boss that he won't find as many new packs this year - but then I'm probably wrong more often than he is so perhaps he will beat that record!!

At the other extreme, spare a thought for some of the old and very old items we have. We have recently completed our annual stocktake and find that since last year, about 150 lines have gone out of stock for ever, and there are about 100 lines that we are down to the last 1, 2 or 3 packs of. Many of these are things which we have had for up to 20 years or even more, so the chances are that "new" (i.e. unused as opposed to second-hand) examples of these items will not be available from any other source. As previously, we have marked each of these items "(lc)" so if you type that (without the quotes) into the search system, you will get a list of all these items which you can then work through one by one to be sure you don't miss any.

Meanwhile, I have samples of another couple of dozen packs which I'll get scanned and posted on the site soon to add to the ones I did over Christmas. Use the "What's new" link above to find your way to new items or ones which have recently had pictures added. We now have over 1,500 packs illustrated which only leaves me just under 1,000 to do. Still, it keeps me out of mischief!!

(Posted by Website Manager - February 10th 2005)

Update - 22nd March 2005. So far this year we have added 80 new packs to our range and I've scanned about 200 packs so there are lots of new images to look at. Use the "What's new" link to find these. Website Manager.


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NEW STOCK & NEW PICTURES

Details have recently been added to the website for over 50 packs newly in stock. In addition, over the last few days, we have selected samples and scanned images from over 40 packs which were not previously illustrated and added these to the website. You can find which packs are new and which have had pictures added recently by clicking the link above to 'What's new?'.

(Posted by Website Manager - June 19th, 2004)


NEW STOCK & NEW PICTURES

Details have recently been added to the website for over 100 packs newly in stock since the beginning of the year. In addition, over the last few days, we have selected samples and scanned images from over 130 packs which were not previously illustrated and added these to the website. You can find which packs are new and which have had pictures added recently by clicking the link above to 'What's new?'.

(Posted by Website Manager - April 10th, 2004)


POSTAGE AND PACKING RATES REVIEWED

You will be pleased to hear that as a result of fluctuations in the exchange rate between the Pound and the Euro we have been able to review our postage and packing rates. From today, all postage and packing rates have been reduced by approximately 5%.

(Posted by Website Manager - February 28th, 2004)


LAST CHANCE TO BUY FROM US

Following our stocktake at the end of January 2004, we have identified a number of packs of which we have only one (or very few) left and don't expect to be able to get more. A note to this effect has been added to each of these items. You can find these by typing "last chance" in the search function text box (click "search" above). You will then get a list of all these items which you can work through to see if any of them are of interest to you.

(Posted by Website Manager - January 2004)

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The R. Somerville Playing Cards catalogue has over 2,500 different packs listed. We hope you will be able to find just what you are looking for. We are not aware of any other organisation which has nearly as many packs for sale as we have!!

All items are now in the same database, so you can be sure to find what you want if you use the search function. When you find something you like, use the links from that item to see other packs on a similar theme and other packs by the same publisher.