In the winter of 2001, the Topps Company published a set of trading cards titled Enduring Freedom in order to "present the New War on Terrorism in a format that children can understand". These cards were available in packs of 7 with a bonus sticker.
Each consists of a photograph taken from either the recent print media or file photographs from the Department of Defense. On the back of the card is information relating to the photo, either biographical information on the politicians or specifications of the military hardware pictured. Photographs were taken from major news media sources and Department of Defense photo files.
In their promotional materials for this series, the Topps company put forward it's own interpretation of the appropriateness of the media for child viewers.
Not included are the disturbing images shown repeatedly on national newscasts. Instead, Topps has chosen to focus on America's strengths -- its elected leaders, the security of its military, its worldwide support…and the courage and unity of its people.
Kids need to understand that the President (and his team) will keep them safe and that evil doers will be punished. Our cards deliver the details in a medium with which they are familiar and comfortable.
Enduring Freedom Cardlist
1. Title Card
September 11, 2001
2. New York Harbor, before Sepember 11, 2001
To the Rescue
3. An Attack on Freedom
4. Old Glory Drapes the Damaged Pentagon
5. President Bush Calls NYC Mayor Giuliani
6. President Bush Embraces New York's Rescue Workers
The World Supports America
7. New York's Bravest Toil, Undaunted
8. Relief Volunteers at Giants Stadium
9. President Bush Comforts Giuliani and Pataki
10. New York's Finest
11. Flowers outside U.S. Embassy in Beijing
12. Israel's Foreign Minister Peres Pledges Friendship
13. Ottawa Rallies to Honor America
14. Chirac Leads France in a Moment of Silence
15. Britain's Tony Blair, a Staunch Ally
16. Arafat Gives Blood for Americans
17. President Putin Addresses Russians
18. NATO Stands Tall alongside America
19. Osama Bin Laden: the Suspected Ringleader
20. German Police Hunt for Clues in Hamburg
21. Investigators Comb Pennsylvania Site
22. Police Search Suspect's Home in Florida
23. Congressional Moment of Silence
The Nation's Leaders
24. Wall Street Reopens
25. President Bush Rebukes Anti-Muslim Sentiment In U.S.
26. Former Presidents Unite at the Day of Prayer
27. President Bush and his Cabinet Gather at Camp David
28. The National Security Council Convenes
29. President Bush Receives Update from Giuliani
30. Director George Tenet Heads the CIA
31. Rangel, Schumer, Clinton Meet with President Bush
32. FBI Director Mueller Addresses the Media
33. Secretary Of State Powell Meets the Press
34. Defense Secretary Rumsfeld Makes a Point
35. Condoleezza Rice, National Security Advisor
36. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Henry Shelton
37. New York Governor George Pataki
38. Vice President Richard Cheney
39. President Bush Addresses Congress
40. Mayor Giuliani Gives the "Thumbs Up"
41. Congressional Leaders Lott, Hastert, Daschle
42. FEMA Director Joseph Albaugh Meets With President Bush
43. U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft
44. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta
45. U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge
46. President Bush Assures the Nation: "We Will Not Fail"
47. President President Bush Rallies the Troops
48. B-2 Spirit Bomber Prepares for Refueling
49. F-16C Fighting Falcon Patrols the Skies!
50. F-16C Fighting Falcon Fires a Weapon!
51. F-15C Eagle - Fast, Maneuverable, Mighty
52. F-15A Eagle Rolls and Launches a Missile!
53. Fighter Jets Refuel in Midair
54. B-1B Bomber Flies Long-Range Missions!
55. B-1B Lancer and F-15 Eagle, in Formation!
56. B-52 Bomber Flies a Low-Level Mission
57. MC-130H Refueling Aircraft Drops Flares
58. AC-130 Spectre - Versatile, Heavily Armed
59. Air Force Special Ops Fly Pave Hawk Choppers
60. Air Force's SOS MH-53J Pave Low IIIE
61. F-16s Deliver Fierce Firepower!
62. USS Winston Churchill - Courageous Namesake
63. F/A-18C Hornet, Aboard USS Enterprise
64. USS Carl Vinson, Stationed in the Persian Gulf
65. Army Paratroopers Boarding an Aircraft
66. Apache, Flown by the Army's Special Ops
67. Army Special Ops - Troops at the Ready
68. Air Force AWACS Plane - Eye in the Sky
69. F-14A Tomcat Taxis Aboard USS Enterprise
70. 82nd Airborne Troops at Fort Bragg, North Carolina
71. OH-58D Kiowa Warriors Support the 82nd Airborne
72. Prepping Aircraft Aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt
73. USS Cole Returns to Action on the High Seas
74. Sailors Aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt
75. USS George Washington off the Coast of New York
76. Patriotic Farewell for USS Theodore Roosevelt
77. Britain's HMS Cornwall Heads to Oman
78. Readying Jets Aboard the USS Enterprise
79. E-2 Hawkeye Radar Plane Takes Off!
80. Navy F/A-18 Hornets in Formation
81. Air Operations on the USS Theodore Roosevelt
82. Air Force F-16: Ready for Action!
83. EA-6B Prowler: Good To Go!
84. F-117 Stealth Fighter Climbs Skyward!
85. Marines Head Out for Overseas Duty
86. C-17 Transport Plane Takes Off!
87. KC-135 - Fueling Station in the Sky
88. Air Assault Soldier Rappels from a Chopper
89. USS Kitty Hawk Leaves Japanese Waters
Quotations and checklist from the Topps Company website, www.topps.com