The Price of Freedom: Americans at War Home Collection Search

Object Record

    New Search

'Iraqi Most Wanted' Deck of Playing Cards
Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History

"Iraqi Most Wanted" Deck of Playing Cards

Date: 2003
Catalog #: 2004.0170.09    Accession #: 2004.0170
Credit: Division of Military History and Diplomacy, National Museum of American History


United States Playing Card Company (Maker)

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 358" H x 258" W x 0.75" D

Physical Description

Paper box with black graphics printed, " 'Iraqi Most Wanted."

General History

A deck of cards depicting the 52 most wanted Iraqis was first seen on 11 April 2003 when Brigadier General Vincent Brooks held up the deck at a press briefing in Qatar. The cards were designed "to provide a reminder of key Iraqi personnel of interest and to provide a recreational resource for troops in the field," according to the Department of Defense. "We try to have things that have dual usage whenever we can," said U.S. Army Major Randi Steffy, a Central Command spokesperson. Only a few days after the general introduced the cards, collectors started looking to acquire them. An initial print run of only a couple hundred decks was sent to Central Command in Qatar for distribution. The popularity and demand for the cards sent the Defense Department to an outside contractor, United States Playing Card Company, to reproduce the popular item.


Country: Iraq
War: Operation Iraqi Freedom
Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Behring Center Printable ScriptVisit the MuseumEducationCredits