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WR
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I heard on the radio about some cards being passed out to the military. They are called most wanted or something like that, e.g., the Ace of Spades has Saddam...
I WANT SOME!! Checked eBay, none yet.
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I saw and heard that also. I predict that these will be the most sought after decks of cards in many years. I'm sure some will show up on eBay. How much would you pay for a deck, $25.00, $50.00? Their value, of course, will depend on the number printed, condition, etc. I'd really like a deck of these cards, great for my heirs.
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Think of a shoot the deck with these..."GREAT!!! You Got Saddam!" Smile
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Funny Idea! Smile Smile
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I saw some of these cards on the news today. They would be great in a magic act.
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The folks at the Genii forum seem to be really up on this, there are links to eBay offers to sell the real decks, and copies that are "similar."
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The decks are set up with the 52 most important targets. With the aces being the most important and lowering more and more. They are made to help the soldiers recognize the men when they see them. Smile
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Here's the link to the defense site where you can see and print out all the cards.

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Smile Now that's funny. Imagine a game of war or poker with those cards (since most don't know magic). "Oh I'm sorry my Saddam kills your 2's family! I win!!"

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Thank you Jeff for the web site.
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Yes, Thanks for the site.
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There is a deck being made and marketed at: http://www.takeaim.biz/
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A news story moved today—and it's straight from the Pentagon (and the news story has been verified). There were only 200—that's TWO HUNDRED—of the original decks manufactured and distributed to high-ranking military officials in Iraq. Anything being advertised, sold, offered, etc. on eBay or anywhere else is NOT one of the 200 decks originally manufactured by the Pentagon, according to the military.

In fact, there were email spam offers and eBay offerings up yesterday and today that were advertising such decks, but it should be noted that these are not the same decks made by the military and distributed in Iraq.

The ones being offered for print-out by the Defense Department are indeed COPIES of the decks distributed in Iraq, but they are not, of course, high-quality playing cards, but copy-paper print-outs.

Folks: Here's the real story, from Congress Daily. Please read the full story so everyone knows exactly what is going on. Thanks.

April 15, 2003
Pentagon warns consumers on Iraqi leader playing card sellers

By Richard H.P. Sia, CongressDaily

U.S. defense officials are warning consumers to be wary of anyone selling what is fast becoming the most highly prized souvenir of the war against Iraq: a deck of playing cards depicting the 55 most wanted Iraqi leaders.

Why? Because despite claims by some sellers on the eBay auction Web site that a friendly government contractor discreetly released several thousand decks to them, the Defense Intelligence Agency actually made only 200 decks for distribution to select U.S. forces in Iraq to aid in the hunt for senior Iraqis, a knowledgeable Defense official told Congress Daily.

And to satisfy growing public curiosity and demand for the cards, the full set has been available to download and print for free since last Friday using links appearing on the Web sites of both the Defense Department and U.S. Central Command. The set can be downloaded in different sizes and formats, including a single 11-inch by 22-inch sheet in an Adobe Acrobat .pdf file.

Since Brig. Gen. Vincent Brooks, a Central Command spokesman, disclosed at a news briefing in Doha, Qatar, that soldiers were given decks of cards showing "key regime leaders who must be pursued and brought to justice", public demand for the cards has soared.

The number of auctions for the decks more than doubled on eBay in the last 24 hours, with more than 190 auction listings on Tuesday, some involving sellers who claim to have more than 2,000 decks for sale. Some sellers, including a few from coalition partners in the war, Great Britain and Australia, are offering .pdf files that can be e-mailed to buyers, while others are selling uncut sheets of cards, electronic sets "burned" onto compact discs or purported "casino quality" decks for more than $100.00 apiece.

DIA itself has been inundated with email requests for the cards on its public Web page. The Central Command site offers a link to its own .pdf file but warns, "The cards are not available for sale or distribution."

"It's definitely a case of 'buyer beware,'" said the Defense official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. He said the agency initially considered hiring a leading playing-card manufacturer to make thousands of decks for distribution in the war zone but chose instead to distribute only 200 decks to troops with "a need to know"—presumably U.S. special operations forces in Iraq.

"We printed them ourselves," the official said, adding that the cards are not plastic-coated and likely would wear out after only a few games of poker. Defense officials said they have no plans for any additional printing runs or any "authorized" release of the card decks for public sale.

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WR
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Hmm... You can still print them off from Here!
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I found one place that said they were bikes and are selling them for $4.95.
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Again, please see the story above. Another similar story moved today on the AP wire. Repeat: the decks made by the military are not made by the Playing Card Co. or the Bicycle company. There were only 200 original ones made and they were manufactured by the military. The military is not selling the official decks. Anyone selling anything else is selling a copy, an unofficial knockoff, of what the military made. And you can print off—so you'll have paper copies—copies of what the military made, for the original 200 special forces soldiers.
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The site I gave has pictures of the cards. One could make their own set with these.
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