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Who Wants This “Iraq’s Most Wanted” Playing Card Signed By Saddam Hussein?

Submitted by on September 23, 2013 – 11:39 amNo Comment

Back in 2003, when the United States invaded Iraq and attempted to overthrow Saddam Hussein, the U.S. military handed out a deck of playing cards to all military personnel. On each card within the deck was the name and face of someone working with Hussein. They were designed to help U.S. soldiers grow familiar with and identify the enemy. And the deck featured Hussein himself on the ace of spades.

The cards were helpful and allowed the U.S. military to capture Hussein and eventually execute him for his reign of terror in Iraq. And now, the cards are very valuable here in the U.S. So valuable that one man who guarded Hussein during his final days is trying to auction off a deck of cards that he had autographed by 39 of the 52 men featured in the deck. Mark Heinbaugh, a sergeant with the Pennsylvania National Guard, is hoping to make some money off his card collection because he says that money is tight for him now that he’s no longer serving in the military.

“Maybe someone else would like them and they can do something with them,” he told the New York Post recently. “Ever since I got back from Iraq in 2006, it’s been hard to catch up, so I figured I’d start getting rid of things I had.”

Heinbaugh isn’t sure how much money he’s going to be able to make off the cards. But some experts are predicting that he could end up making more than $5,000 for the cards, especially since they are signed by a lot of the guys featured on them. But if he isn’t able to turn a profit on them, they’ll definitely be a cool keepsake from his time in Iraq. Because how many people can say that they have Saddam Hussein’s autograph on a playing card?

Would you want to own this weird piece of history? Let us know in the comments section below.

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