My recent creation and blog posting about an Isis flag card in the style of the 1956 Topps Flags of the World set generated a lot of comment . . . as it was intended to do. I really hoped, however, that more readers would understand that the card was political commentary in the same way that bubblegum cards sometimes were in the 1930s-1950s.
I've now undertaken to update the Iran flag card that originally appeared in the Topps Flags issue.
Those who didn't understand my Isis card probably won't "get" my Iran card, either. Tough.
This card expresses my outrage at the Obama administration's deal that will allow Iran to achieve offensive nuclear capability sooner, rather than later, while continuing to fund terrorism worldwide. The lame duck president has attempted to justify his Nobel peace prize at the peril of our greatest ally in the Mideast, if not of the USA itself.
As a kid I was a big fan of the Flags set, and as an adult I painstakingly pieced together the set in nice EX-MT or better condition. Along with my TV Westerns, World on Wheels and Space sets, my Flags cards are likely to remain part of my core collection for as long as I'm above ground.
Early in my days of creating custom cards, I had concluded that adding new cards in the Flags format was beyond my abilities. But as my experience in card-making has progressed, I'm happy to find that I can do a creditable job of recreating the feel of the issue.
There may be a few more Flags customs in the future.