Gaming loaded with history
August 01, 2017 3:01 AM
by Sheldon Smith
History is what makes us all together a civilization. Gaming history is what drives folks to search out hidden treasures related to the history of gaming. The artifacts we collect tell stories, both by what they show and what they imply!
Lost casino chips from dozens of years ago that suddenly appear! Casino chips that were buried in Mississippi! You’d like to know the “Why?” and the “How?” of that; wouldn’t you? A gravel pit in Northern Nevada holding thousands of previously unknown chips from a casino we all knew existed but we didn’t know about these chips. Why did/do they bury casino chips?
Urinal strainers with the casino name on them – what were they thinking? Menus from casinos where the cost of a porterhouse steak was a BUCK NINETY FIVE!
Why has this casino thrived for 51 years (Caesars Palace) and others never even got to open their doors (Kings Crown)?! Who really built the Flamingo? Which casino opened first after gaming was legalized in 1941? Which casino has the longest active license in Nevada?
Which casino chip carries the most proven value these days? Could it be the Golden Goose $5 chip that sold for $75,000 two years ago? Why? Why? Why?
The list of items collectors collect is very long but they all have one thing in common: they must have a casino name on them! And, what about Atlantic City chips? Anything interesting about collecting them? What’s one of the best-looking chips from days gone by? My choice is the Hotel Thunderbird $5 chip.
Stay tuned, in the coming columns appearing monthly in GamingToday we’ll have answers to the questions posed above along with other casino collectible information.
A final sad note: The hobby recently lost one of its most influential and vital participants in searching out gaming history, Gene Trimble. R.I.P., Gene!