Sitting on our desk at home is a four-inch, round acrylic paperweight encasing a gold Caesars Palace token. The front of the token is the Caesars logo and the back has the words “Caesars Palace Tower” accompanied by a picture of the newly opened hotel tower and the date December 1997.
As we hold it and study it, we are able to conger up dozens and dozens of memories about Caesars Palace – seeing boxing greats such as Muhammad Ali, George Foreman and Larry Holmes from ringside; having showroom maître d’ Matty show us to our seats for incredible performances by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Paul Anka, Liza Minnelli, George Burns, Sammy Davis Jr., and so many others; dining in the Bacchanal Room with toga-clad waitresses who carried large carafes filled with wine on their shoulders that they were amazingly able to pour from above your head into your glass without spilling a drop. They also offered neck and shoulder massages to guests, which we can assure you were relaxing.
All these memories and more from holding one small piece of casino memorabilia. This is one reason many people collect – to remember. And if you want to stir some memories of your own, head to the South Point Casino Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week for the 26th annual Casino Collectibles Show, June 21-23, presented by the Casino Collectibles Association.
There will be dozens of dealer tables, educational seminars and a live auction of casino chips and memorabilia.
There will be more items than you can imagine available for sale or trade including poker chips, casino chips, antique gaming chips, dice, matchbooks, ashtrays, postcards, napkins, coasters, menus, plaques, silver strikes and more.
It seems nothing is out of bounds when it comes to collecting. In the past we have even seen logo-emblazoned toilet seats!
The seminars on Thursday will be on “Colorado Gaming” with speaker Chris Carlson at 8 a.m. and “Preserving Gaming History and The Chip Guide” with speaker Charles Kaplan at 3 p.m.
On Friday, the 8 a.m. seminar will be “Interesting History of Illegal Clubs” with speaker Ed Hertel. At 1 p.m. speaker Rick Timmins will present “Growing the Club and Hobby” and at 3 p.m. Fred Tenney will speak on “Antique Postcards.”
One of the best things about the convention is the price. Admission on Thursday is just $10, on Friday you can gain entry for a mere fin ($5) and Saturday it’s free!
See you at the Casino Collectibles show.