Collectibles show this month at South Point
May 29, 2018 3:01 AM
by Sheldon Smith
We now will delve into the upcoming casino collectibles show at the South Point Casino, June 21-23. Trust me, it’s worth the trip!
The Casino Collectible Association (CCA) is holding its annual show/convention at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa. It is open to the public all three days, and admission is just $10 on Thursday, June 21, a mere $5 on Thursday, June 22, and totally free on Saturday, June 23.
Why do you care?
Well, casino memorabilia is a very favorable collectable area for anybody who longs to collect anything with history and style and financial interest. If you are an ardent student of the history of collectibles, you will note there are very few areas where items that were not originally meant to be a collectible turned into one all by themselves.
Without casting aspersions on Beanie Babies, Japanese plates or silver strikes, all of these were designed at the very beginning of their existence to be a collectible. Not so with casino chips, tokens, napkins, postcards, matchbooks, etc. They were designed to be utilitarian and were necessary components of the casinos and card clubs. Therein lies the true meaning of a collectible!
On gamingtoday.com you can also see a Lucky Cartwheel coin from Bill & Effie’s Truck Stop Casino, which is on Interstate 80 west of Reno, and a Boulder Club Casino unused cocktail napkin. This was an early casino on Fremont Street downtown that was in operation from 1931 until 1960.
Also on the website is a new, unused matchbook from the Algiers Hotel, which was on the Strip next to the old Thunderbird Hotel and Casino. The Algiers was closed in 2004 and subsequently demolished. The unfinished Fontainebleu now sits on part of that property.
These are of some of the best!
And that, my friends and readers, is what distinguishes casino collectibles from a lot of other items you might collect.
Come on down to the South Point. Even if you don’t collect “yet,” you will be amazed at what you see. There will be scores of dealers offering everything gambling-related from around the U.S. and the world.
Some of the casino memorabilia offerings will be items we have talked about in past columns, but you will also see coins, table lay-outs, slot glass, ephemera and vintage Las Vegas and Nevada souvenirs.
Besides selling, many dealers also buy and trade, so if you have an item or two from a casino you might want to bring it along and get an expert opinion about its value.
There will also be educational exhibits on display including items from illegal gambling clubs and from closed casinos along with many other items of specific areas of interest.
Next month, we will discuss what makes an item of casino memorabilia truly valuable. You just might be surprised!