Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Custom card for war hero Brian Stann

(UPDATE: A reader correctly informs me that the player photo I used on my original Brian Stann card (shown below) is not Stann; that midshipman is Eric Kettani. I've updated my card, as shown above.)

Ten years ago I made a 1955 Topps All-American style custom football card for former Sun Devil Pat Tillman. The honor (such as it is) was posthumous, following Tillman's death by friendly fire in Afghanistan.

I've now made a custom card for a living American war hero, Brian Stann.

Not being a follower of mixed martial arts fighting, I had never heard of Stann prior to seeing a feature about him on a preseason college football program. 

As I watched the story of this remarkable man, I knew a '55-style custom card was now at the top of my to-do list. 

It wasn't on the basis of his football career at Navy. Nor even because he was a bona fide combat hero of the Iraq War. The card certainly didn't result from Stann's success in the MMA ring and cage. The tipping point was Stann's on-going efforts for veterans as president and CEO of  Hire Heroes USA.

To learn for yourself why I've made a card of Stann, a good start can be had at his web site: http://www.brianstann.com/about.cfm .


  1. That's definitely not Brian Stann.

    1. By golly, you're sure right! That midshipman is Eric Kettani. I'll be reworking the card to incorporate a correct picture.


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