On April 11, 2003 Brigadier General Vincent Brooks introduced the first set of Iraqi freedom cards to the public during a CentComm press conference in Doha, Qatar. They were printed by United States Defense Department and sent out to selected personnel in Iraq. There were about 200 - 300 of these decks printed on card stock, cut in house, and wrapped with a rubber band. These sets all went to military personnel.
|Brooks presenting cards on April 11, 2003.
The first professional deck was printed by the United States Embassy in Kuwait by Liberty Playing Company. These decks were also distributed to military personnel in the field. The original decks have all been distributed and are not available, but CentComm temporarily made available a 22MB high resolution file that included all the artwork. That file was removed off their page on April 17, 2003 but it is that file that produced these high quality cards. CentComm's web site continues to show a lower resolution (700k) file of the cards, but quality decks cannot be printed from that file but many of those decks are still being sold.
Many replica decks have been printed from the lower resolution file and cut unprofessionally. And all the replica decks printing the two Jokers
featuring the famous HOYLE are not authorized to reproduce that image with the exception of one company making these decks the only licensed Iraqi playing cards.
Our decks consist of real, usable playing cards, printed on casino-quality stock with glossy finish.
They measure 2.5 by 3.5 inches larger than smaller decks and printed in the United States.
Don't be fooled by imitations and unauthorized reproductions. The deck also comes in a
desert pattern fatigue printed box that is shrinked wrapped; never open, never used.