I dropped some scans of the Presidential cards from the recent release of Americana, here are some more great Americans!
The set splits out into what I would consider 4 basic groups,
Lets start with the group I personally find least impressive. The Athletes.
I am not saying great American athletes are not impressive but playing a sports does not compare to leading a nation, help preserve freedom of helping humanity slip it’s surly bonds of earth.
The athletes in the set are all folks that have represented the USA. Here are a few of my favorites.
The Heroes of WWII come next.
Panini choose to pay tribute to the Tuskegee airmen. Famously many of these men formed the 332nd fighter group. Flying Thunderbolts and Mustangs they were one of the most effective units in the war. I don’t have specifics but I believe they never lost a bomber and members of the group used prop planes to shoot down the first German jet planes.
They didn’t just prove the racists wrong, they completely blew them away.
Eugene never saw combat in the war but distinguished himself after the war by earning an Ed.D and a successful career as and educator.
If you haven’t look around on line and learn a little more about these men, also take a look at the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a group of Japanese Americans that fought in WW2. The regiment had 21 medal of Honor recipients!
My favorite group are the astronauts, in particular the female astronauts.
I like the inclusion of this guy a lot.
It represents all the support members on the ground that make the flights happen. The technicians and countless engineers that are the true heroes of the space program. I know Spankee would agree.
She tragically died of cancer this past summer.
Barbara didn’t give up her dream and persevered finally serving as a mission specialist for STS-118.
Some great cards, well worth picking up a blaster or a wax box!