Iraq's Most Wanted Popular In Reno

By: James Steiner
By: James Steiner

The Iraqi cards, issued to American troops to help them find Saddam and his regime, are selling like hot cakes in Reno.

Since the local toy distributor started delivering the cards last week, convenience stores can't keep them in stock.

They're called Iraqi's most wanted. And right now, this deck of cards is "wanted" by dozens of people in Reno.

"I took two dozen on a wim. I sold out in two days. The distributor came back Tuesday, I got another dozen and then sold out this morning. Three dozen in less than week," said 7-11store owner Max Dreeke.

Are the cards a novelty or a piece of history?

"Most definitely a novelty. Just a way to make money off a tragedy," says Michelle Devlin.

7-Eleven Store Clerk Verdell Smith doesn't see it that way. Being a Gulf-War veteran, Smith says the cards help American soldiers catch Iraqi terrorists.

"These people are criminals, not just a jack of spades. They're known world-wide," sayd Smith. "Maybe someday you'll being playing peanuckle with your friends - recognize one of them out on the street. and possibly prevent something."

But like most people, Smith can't get his hands on a deck. His store sold out in less than three days.

The 7-11 store also has baseball cards. Store managers sell about a dozen packs a week, however this is nothing compared to how the Iraqi cards are doing.

At $5.99 a pack, it's a fad that has convenience store owners seeing green.

And, what did your economic professor tell you and the law of supply and demand.

"We'll go with it as long as there's a demand," Dreeke said.

7-Eleven store owners hope to have more Iraqi cards in stock by the end of next week.

For the story, we checked two 7-11 stores for the cards. One store is at W.7th and McCarran and the second at Kietzke Lane & McCarran.


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