I’ve been looking at these Bicycle Secret Weapon decks for years and it’s time to pull the trigger fast as I can only imagine these decks will become harder and harder to find!
The Bicycle Secret Weapon deck, also known as “Bicycle Desert Shield” or “Bicycle Desert Storm” to some is one of those decks that you just have to have in your collection.
“Supposedly, US troops believed that Vietnamese traditions held the symbolism of the spade to mean death and ill-fortune and in a bid to frighten and demoralize Viet Cong soldiers, it was common practice to mockingly leave an ace of spades on the bodies of killed Vietnamese and even to litter the forested grounds and fields with the card.This custom was said to be so effective that the United States Playing Card Company was asked by Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment to supply crates of that single card in bulk. The crates were often marked with “Bicycle Secret Weapon”. The ace of spades, while not a symbol of superstitious fear to the Viet Cong forces, did help the morale of American soldiers. It was not unheard of for US Soldiers and Marines to stick this card in their helmet band as a sort of anti-peace sign.”
In short: Get this deck while you can!