DESCRIPTION: Mint-condition deck of "Oliver North's Pack of Lies" playing cards (see my other auctions for an uncut sheet of playing cards and a complete deck of cards, as well as an anti-Oliver North t-shirt). Black and Red ink on glossy white stock. Created in 1994 to help defeat Oliver North in his bid for Senator of Virginia.
HISTORY: When I (Jeff Nelson, Minor Threat/Dischord Records) had an art studio in the same building where we had an office for Dischord, I met some great people in an organization called Clean Up Congress, and became good friends with its founder Woody Holton (great Colonial historian and son of former Virginia Governor Linwood Holton). We got along famously, and both shared a real hatred of Oliver North, dating from his days during the Iran-Contra episode. (I was so mad at Attorney General Edwin Meese during those years, and at his refusal to go after Oliver North and his secretary Fawn Hall, and at his resisting a plastic gun ban for fear of raising the ire of his buddies in the NRA, that in 1988 I silkscreened large posters that said "Meese Is A Pig", and along with friends, we posted them all over the Washington, DC area. See my other auctions for the few remaining "Meese Is a Pig" t-shirts I have left). Clean Up Congress had been founded to go after Congressional candidates with terrible environmental records, but an exception was made for North, because his election to office would have proven to be a stain on the honor of the Old Dominion. The only time I ever voted for a Republican was for Senator John Warner of Virginia, as thanks to him for refusing to endorse North's candidacy. Anyway, I ended up designing anti-North stuff for them, including "Virginia is for Lovers, Not Liars - DEFEAT NORTH" t-shirts and these cards. The "Pack of Lies" playing cards were by far the biggest undertaking.
While I got busy designing the card, Woody and many helpers set to work coming up with 52 different lies that North had told, with a refutation of each. Time was incredibly short, and I had no idea where one got proper playing cards printed, so I got the cards printed at a regular printer in Baltimore. We were then give 54 boxes, each containing a different card, from which we had to hand-assemble the decks. Boy, what a pain in the ass! It took lots of people, each in charge of adding one card to each deck being assembled. I came up with a device I called the "Rice Krispies Machine" (see photo), which was a series of single-serving size cereal boxes cut apart and stapled together in a row, which acted as little trays for the decks. We ended up selling almost 20,000 decks, which covered our costs and raised money for press conferences and such. The Clinton White House bought 50 decks, which was of course exciting to hear about. In the end, North was defeated and we were quite proud of having played a small part. I include some photos here of me creating a massive blow-up of the card for a press conference, and clowning around with it once completed (no, you do not get the photos, they are just in the auction to whet your appetite!). I have also included a photo of one of the completed decks of cards, which you get with the uncut sheet.
PROVENANCE: This deck of cards been in my archives for 15 years now, and I am downsizing because the volume of stuff I have has been deemed insane and as containing "more than my potential kids or grandkids will ever want." Please take a look at my other auctions for more crap I have guarded and kept safe for years.
PAYMENT: Ohio Residents add 6.75% Sales Tax to item total (not shipping). Payment by PayPal only, says eBay. Please pay within 3 days of auction end.
SHIPPING: Deck of cards will be very carefully wrapped and shipped in padded mailer. Within USA, First Class Mail/Delivery Confirmation will be $ 2.00. Outside of USA, reasonable Airmail rates apply. I'll be happy to give you a quote for postage to your country. If you might bid on some other posters or flyers I have up for auction, just let me know - I'll be happy to combine shipping, and in so doing save you money, me effort, and the Earth trees.