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Mint set of "Reagan's Rogue Gallery" cards, made in a limited edition of 350 of which this deck is #236, featuring illustrations of Pres. Reagan (Aces and Kings), First Lady Nancy Reagan (Queens), Vice President Bush (Jacks) and other prominent figures of the Reagan era, especially those involved in what has come to be known as the Iran Contra affair. The cards are copyrighted 1987 to R. Billingsley, and I have assumed that they were made that year. I do not know if he was the artist or the publisher of the cards, or both; I tend to doubt he was the maker.

The cards are highly critical, reflecting the anger of the American public in 1987 when the Iran Contra affair came to light. Wikipedia describes the fallout this way:

"Domestically, the scandal precipitated a drop in President Reagan's popularity as his approval ratings saw `the largest single drop for any U.S. president in history,' from 67% to 46% in November 1986, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll. The `Teflon President', as Reagan was nicknamed by critics, survived the scandal, however, and by January 1989 a Gallup poll was `recording a 64% approval rating,' the highest ever recorded for a departing President at that time.

"Internationally the damage was more severe. Magnus Ranstorp wrote, `U.S. willingness to engage in concessions with Iran and the Hezbollah not only signalled to its adversaries that hostage-taking was an extremely useful instrument in extracting political and financial concessions for the West but also undermined any credibility of U.S. criticism of other states' deviation from the principles of no-negotiation and no concession to terrorists and their demands.'"

The deck has 52 cards with illustrations as noted above, plus 2 Jokers with information about the deck and the Reagan Presidency, including Iran Contra. They are wide, measuring 89mm x 64mm, with square corners on stock that appears to me to be uncoated.

As noted the cards are in mint condition. At one time the wrapper has been taped. A remnant of the tape is still present, and there is a slight tear at the same spot.

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R. Billingsley “Reagan’s Rogues Gallery” Playing Cards, Ltd. Ed. (236/350), c.1987

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