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Vintage and Antique Poker Chip Collecting

Updated on December 3, 2014

Vintage and Antique Poker Chip Collecting

Here's a cool idea for a unique gift: Get a vintage or antique poker chip and give it along with the book by "Dale Seymour" - Antique Gambling Chips, Revised Edition

Vintage and antique gaming chips, or what most of us generically refer to as "Poker Chips" have become a sought after collectibles in recent years. Poker chip collecting is an easy to manage collectible, with each chip being the size of a large coin.

Entry into the world of gaming chip collecting is generally more affordable than visiting the establishments that they were produced for. You can start collecting interesting poker chips for as little as a couple of dollars each, with the more sought after chips going into the hundreds.

With so many types and styles of poker chips available it' will be helpful to have an idea of what types of chips you want to collect, before you get started. Some collectors will collect based on the materials the chips are made from, others search for the name of a specific casino, region, event or year of manufacture.

What are Poker Chips Made Of?

Collectible Poker Chips Can Be Made Of virtually Any Material

Vintage and Antique Poker Chips have been made from many materials:

Clay- Plastic- Bakelite- Catan- Bone- Ivory- Glass- Wood- Ceramic and even Glass

Although many of today's commercially made Poker chips are made of clay, ceramic, plastic or composites, they have been made at one time or another from virtually any material available.

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What Kind of Poker Chip Collection Should I Start With?

Question: What Kind of Poker Chip collection Should I begin With?

Answer: That's entirely up to you... If you find yourself traveling quite often, you may wish to have a collection that centers around casino's that you actually visited. On the other end of the spectrum you may want to collect chips from casino's that no longer exist.

You may want to collect poker chips made of a special material. Some poker chip collectors collect, exclusively, chips made of bone or ivory or precious metals. Also known as scrimshaw, many of the true Ivory chips often have carvings on them.

Decide how involved you want to be in poker chip collecting, what your budget is and where you will be acquiring your collectibles from and you'll be able to narrow down a collection strategy rather quickly.

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Moon and Owl Poker Chip

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How Expensive is Poker Chip Collecting?

Question: How expensive is Poker Chip Collecting?

Answer: That depends on how much you want to invest into your collection: With a little luck you can put together a nice collection for very little, or if your wanting to go all out some chips range into the hundreds and thousands of dollars each. I've purchased entire sets of vintage recreational poker chips made from catan or bakelite for under $20 and I've seen individual chips for sale on Ebay for as much as $200-$300.

How much it will cost you to collect antique poker chips will be dictated by what type of collection you've decided to begin acquiring.

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Antique Gambling Chips, Revised Edition [Hardcover]

Author Dale Seymour

This book by Dale Seymour was originally written in "1985" . The revised editions are still considered, today, as a must have resource when it comes to identifying Vintage and Antique Poker Chips.

Product Details

Hardcover: 442 pages

Publisher: Past Pleasures; Revised edition (1998)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0961427337

ISBN-13: 978-0961427320

ASIN: 0961427329

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Vintage Catan or Bakelite Recreational Poker Chip Set

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      Ellen Gregory 

      5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Interesting. I never thought of chips as collectibles.

    • audrey07 profile image


      6 years ago

      I didn't know poker chips can be collectibles for some. But then, I can certainly see the value in them.

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      6 years ago

      This is great, I may come back to check the ebay auctions. My brother loves to host get togethers with poker games and would probably really enjoy some vintage chips!


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