Several companies previously known for producing baseball trading cards saw the historic events unfolding in 1991, soon to be known as "The Gulf War," as an opportunity to document the action via their own unique media. Thus were born the Desert Storm Cards and one of the first sets to appear was from Topps, with three series of cards.
Although the cards from Topps were the only ones to include stickers, each competing manufacturer's set displays a unique quality. Check out the way each company chooses to describe the action and decides upon what picture is worthy. Eventually, you'll want to collect and enjoy them all!
1 President George Bush 2 Vice-President Dan Quayle 3 General Colin Powell 4 USO Show 5 Marines Dig In 6 The Backbone 7 U.S. Airborne Infantrymen 8 Ready For Action 9 Big Mo 10 Protection 11 Mail Call 12 Front Line Defenses 13 House-To-House Assault 14 Evacuation Exercise 15 Sidewinder Missile 16 Time Out 17 Medical Exercise 18 Returning from Patrol 19 Forming Up 20 Night Fighter 21 Marine Assault 22 Mock Casualty Exercise 23 F-15 Eagle 24 Modern Day Desert Rat 25 Marine Corps M1A1 Abrams Tank 26 Multiple Launch Rocket System 27 M60A3 Tank 28 Marine Armor 29 M119 105mm Howitzer 30 Marine Landing Craft 31 The SCUD's Deadliest Enemy 32 Bomb Preparation 33 U.S. Navy Air Cushioned Landing Craft 34 Marine Light Armored Vehicle 35 Thanksgiving in the Desert 36 HMMWV with TOW missile launcher 37 Maintenance on the Move 38 155mm Howitzer 39 Armor Comes Ashore 40 HAWK Missile 41 Home Away From Home 42 M-60 Machine Gun 43 Chemical Decontamination Exercise 44 Phoenix AIM Missile 45 Knock Out Punch 46 Top Brass 47 FIRE! 48 Sidewinder 49 M551 Sheridan Tank 50 The Dragon Strikes 51 USS Dwight D. Eisenhower 52 USS Nimitz 53 USNS Mercy 54 USS Missouri 55 USS LaSalle 56 Aircraft Carrier USS Saratoga 57 USS Forrestal 58 Secretary and Foreign Minister 59 Amphibious Assault Ship USS Iwo Jima 60 Close Air Defense Drill 61 U.S. Navy SEALs 62 Coming Ashore 63 Battleship USS Iowa 64 USS Boston 65 USS Wisconsin 66 Harpoon Cruise Missile 67 First Ashore 68 The Prowler 69 F-16 Fighting Falcons 70 C-5A Galaxy 71 Loaded For Action 72 C-141B Starlifter 73 F-117A Stealth 74 Free Kuwait 75 S-3 Viking 76 Eyes And Ears 77 Ready For Attack 78 Pinpoint Bombing 79 UH-46 Sea Knight 80 Feeding The Wild Weasels 81 Fangs of the Cobra 82 RECON Patrol 83 F-14 ATomcat 84 A MIG's Worst Nightmare 85 F-117A Stealth 86 F-15 Eagle 87 F-111 Aardvark 88 EF-111A Raven 89 A-10 Warthog 90 F-4 Phantom II 91 C-130 Hercules 92 A-10 Thunderbolt II Refuels 93 B-52 Stratofortress 94 A-6 Intruders in Formation 95 F-14A Tomcat 96 A-7E Corsair II 97 F-16 Fighting Falcon 98 F/A-18 Hornet 99 SH-60 Seahawk 100 CH-47 Chinook 101 F-4 Phantom 102 B-52G with Cruise Missiles 103 Tomahawk Cruise Missile 104 Tomahawk Cruise Missile Attack 105 Harpoon Cruise Missile 106 USS Wisconsin 107 F-4Gs Over Bahrain 108 F/A-18 Fires Sidwinder 109 Saudi Air Force Pilots 110 AV-88 Harrier
Pacific Trading Cards was, to our knowledge, the only company that produced collector cards describing the events that actually led up to Operation Desert Storm: Operation Desert Shield. These cards, on heavy stock were beautifully done: red lettering, white print areas on the back, yellow and reddish-brown trim contrasting the colorful photography.