Rare coins and chips
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Jun 19, 2006 3:17 AM

Casino chip collecting, trading and selling is a popular, fun hobby and can be quite profitable. The Casino Chip & Gaming Token Collectors Club, Inc. (CC>GTCC) will hold its 14th annual convention June 28-July 1 at the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

The focal point of the four-day convention is the show floor where collectors and enthusiasts of casino memorabilia, both past and present, can view chips, tokens, silver strikes, ashtrays, room keys, dice, playing cards, swizzle sticks, matchbooks, postcards, photographs, and even actual casino deeds. More than 100 vendors will be displaying, selling, and trading their wares.

The hottest collectibles this year are casino room keys, poker chips, Nevada casino chips, TITOs, ashtrays and playing cards."

This year’s opening-night gala-banquet and awards-ceremony keynote speaker is Burton M. Cohen, whose storied 36-year casino career included executive positions at the Frontier, Circus Circus, Thunderbird, Caesars, Desert Inn, and Dunes.

Awards will be presented to casino operators for the best collectible of the year, determined by a vote of club members, in the following categories: casino chip, gaming token, silver strike, and slot club card/room key. The CC>CC Hall of Fame inductee(s) for 2006 will be honored during the banquet.

Additional convention events include the Bruce Landau Memorial Auction, featuring rare casino chips, gaming tokens and casino memorabilia, including two rare chips, a $5 Flamingo Las Vegas from the 1940’s and a $5 Sands Las Vegas from the 1950’s, both of which will fetch several thousand dollars.

On the final night of the convention a raffle and auction will he held with all proceeds earmarked for the CC>CC National Building Fund — a project to establish a permanent Las Vegas location for the club’s headquarters, which will include a museum, library, and archives.

Each morning members attend educational seminars on a variety of casino-related topics.

Established in 1988, the CC>CC is a non-profit organization with more than 2,600 members from all 50 states and 11 foreign countries. One-day CC>CC memberships, which include admission to the convention, can be purchased at the door.