Collecting Casino Chips
Once upon a time, when someone wanted to take a chance and try to “break the bank” about the only place in this country to do that was Las Vegas, NV. Now it seems as if there is a casino within an hour’s drive or less from wherever you are. That means there are a ton of casino chips available to the eager collector. And, they are out there! People look for that new chip, or one declared obsolete, or a particular value chip like a two dollar and fifty cent chip. For whatever reason, casinos will change out their chips periodically giving collectors another reason to add a certain chip to their inventory.
There are many ways to collect chips. One way is to collect illegal chips. These were chips used by mob operated back room clubs prior to the mid-1960’s. These types of chips are sought after by collectors although not on the scale that modern legal casinos issue.
People collect chips by color, value, casino type or mold which is the mark of the manufacturer or distributor. There are also many different molds as Hat & Cane, Hub, Hearts, Greek Key, Squares, House Mold, Arodie, Crowns and Diamond just to name a few.
There are many chips that are very colorful, feature famous people, a famous casino, high values such as $1,000 or $5,000, or limited editions that are very collectible. Sometimes these can be very rare and expensive.
There are books on chips as well and I suggest purchasing one such as “The Chip Rack” or “The Official U.S. Casino Chip Guide.” You might consider joining the national organization which is the Casino Chips & Gaming Tokens Collectors Club. Look for the link on our About RR Coins & Currency page.
Whatever you decide to collect, make it what you like. Also, should this turn out to be a good investment for you, well, that’s icing on the cake!