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.



Contact Details
Roderick Somerville  
Phone: ++ 33 (0)5 61 98 76 61* * If you are uncertain about international dialling, please see the "Contact us" page in our main catalogue for details - click the link below or on the menu on the banner on the left of this page. )
Fax: ++ 33 (0)5 61 98 76 10*
Address: R. Somerville (Playing Cards)
Place de la Mairie
F-31420 ALAN
France
 

For any questions or general enquiries to either Mr Somerville or Mr Perring, please use the form on the "Contact us" page - click the link on the menu on the banner on the left of this page.

This page last updated: 21st August, 2011





Many of our customers may not be aware that the stock range we currently offer has been built up over more than 25 years. More importantly, much of that stock range is not offered by other dealers and much of it is irreplaceable. In other words we often carry the last stock available anywhere of particular items.

This is increasingly the case with many of the standard regional packs, mainly as a result of numerous acquisitions and takeovers which have occurred in the industry in recent years. For example, whereas only a few years ago there were as many as five major independent producers in Germany, today there is only one, namely Nürnberger-Spielkarten-Verlag GmbH. Carta Mundi of Belgium has acquired all the others (A.S.S, Berliner Spielkarten, F.X. Schmid & Spielkartenfabrik Altenburg). Inevitably, this has led to a radical rationalisation of what was previously a great diversity of patterns offered. Some patterns have disappeared entirely, e.g. Prussian, and others are in danger of going the same way, notably the Saxon pattern.

The manufacturers are dictating what they want you, the customer, to buy and are not interested in offering a choice any more. Thus for the game of Skat, for instance, in future you will only be able to buy a North German (or Berliner) pattern pack if you play with French suits or a New Altenburg pattern pack if you play with German suits. For Tarock or Schafkopf both Bavarian and Franconian pattern packs are still on offer but perhaps the Franconian pattern will be the next to be eliminated. For Gaigel and Binokel there is just the Württemberg pattern.

All in all, the diverse range we are currently able to offer can only diminish as time goes on. You have been warned!
Standard Regional Pattern packs can be found in the catalogue section called "Regional", and beware if searching by country of publication as there are many publishers who produce packs for regions other than their own!