Card-Carrying Civilians

Now that victory has been declared in Gulf War II, consumers are racing to snap up their personal souvenir of the conflict: the Iraqi most-wanted playing cards used by U.S. soldiers to help identify Saddam's top brass. At $5.95 each, more than a million decks have already sold worldwide. Even the French are buying. The surprising popularity has prompted the cards' distributor, to reissue other decks created for the military in earlier wars. On sale this week: World War II "spotter decks," which enabled troops to distinguish between Allied and enemy aircraft. Coming soon: the ace-of-spades decks used...

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