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Collecting casino chips... what else do you collect?

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by Drewm1972, Feb 4, 2017.

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  1. Drewm1972

    Drewm1972 VIP Whale

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    As I'm reading members TR I noticed lot of them do collect casino chips (mostly $1 chip) ... I'm little surprised how many people collecting chips...to me it's only good/worth as it's printed on .. I only care about when I cashed them in lol.. I collect some gold and silver coins; to me it has monetary value to it. and perhaps value goes up.
    I just think casinos ripping us off as it is lol I just don't want to hold on to their chips. Beside do these chips value to up?

    Do you collect chips if not what do you colllect?
     
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  2. thecarve

    thecarve Misanthrope

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    Umm, seven...eighteen? Wait, what? Hopefully someone will be able to translate!
     
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    I collect casinos' chips and their money!
     
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    This is really dorky, but we collect Vegas room keys. (Hotel always says go for it.) I want to eventually get a little framed showcase with dates below each card, to put hubby's man cave, where kitschy works, as he has framed soccer jerseys, sports memorabilia, and other small quirky mementos....so it wouldn't look out of place. (And he's all for it---that is absolutely his room, I wouldn't bring something in without his absolute double-thumbs up!)

    Then again, it would really show what degenerates we are...who keeps, much less frames, room keys? :D :D :D
     
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  5. MikeOPensacola

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    I'm a collector of casino chips (Las Vegas only) and I've got chips from Las Vegas going back to the 40s. I started collecting chips from the strip in the 80s and even a lot of those chips are worth considerably more than their face value. The ones I have from the 40s, 50s and 60s even more so. Its a fun hobby. In fact I'm going to a casino collectible convention in June (mostly chips but a lot of very cool other things too), I'll post some pics from the South Point when I'm there.

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  6. Drewm1972

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    I really like the idea collecting room keys.... I just don't like idea holding on to casino chips feels like wasting money lol. But room keys are good idea like you mentioned display in a frame one day. Very neat idea.
     
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    waltomeal Oozy rat in a sanitary zoO

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    Dice.
     
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  8. Miller12pack

    Miller12pack High-Roller

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    Players cards.
     
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  9. freez111

    freez111 Low-Roller

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    I also collect chips, $1.00 only. Its not about any increasing $ value to me, it's an inexpensive (a buck) souvenir to commemorate the first time in that establishment,,,win lose or break event. I display them in a case in my man cave. I have completed the strip, I hope to round out downtown this week and working on off strip properties as i can. I also collect elongated (smashed) pennies. i have small collection from all over the country, but just recently l found a website that identifies locations of the penny machines so I have earmarked a few stops for this trip to collect a few smashed coins.

    I also have a box of players cards but not an "official" collection, several that have closed or renamed.

    freez
     
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  10. Marilynfan

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    This was a fun trip - going to frame them someday. I only play slots so it made more sense than casino chips :)

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  11. dcrawf

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    I have collections of Vegas room keys, players' club cards (including those before the megamergers of the 90's), some $5 casino chips but only from the classier/iconic places, plus coffee mugs but only those from places named for cities at which I have stayed. Hoping to add Monte Carlo and Venetian after my next trip
     
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    My bride collects one-cent TITOs.

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  13. jon_vegas

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    Anyway, as OP has mentioned, many people on the board do collect chips. It may be a waste of money for OP but obviously it isn't for those who collect them. Different strokes for different folks. I too collect $1 chips and will be displaying them at home. If nothing else, it would be a good conversation starter when people come over. I could tell them how I enjoy wasting money when they ask why I have such a collection :)
     
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    For the most part I only collect things from closed casinos. I do get a $1 chip though from every casino I've been to so that includes currently open casinos of course. For awhile I collected ash trays, some are very cool and unique. But they took up a lot of space (what's the point of collecting something if you don't display?). I've got some matchbooks too. And some old menu's from casino restaurants and some show programs. It's a hodgepodge but I love Vegas history. It's cool having an old Sands ashtray that maybe Sinatra put his butt(s) in.
     
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    I see that as being a cool momento. I need more stuff like that to help rekindle memories.
     
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    I collect chips but I also collect player's cards. Good because I can use some cards at some places to get in for free parking and also discounts at some buffets.

    I usually pick up at least $3 to $5 in $1 chips, that way I can sell one or two if the prices go up or I can trade them for other chips. For sure I pick up chips from the various casinos that closed down. I think I started doing that when I knew the 'dust was closing.


    I also collect match books from the various strip clubs.
     
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  17. ardee

    ardee It's only money.

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    We used to collect the $10 Silver Strikes coins (from Silver Strike slot machines).
    We started seeking them out at Vegas casinos around 2003 and acquired about 120 of
    them until we noticed they stopped producing the .999 real silver coins.
    At the time, the silver content was probably worth more than the $10 value of the casino coin/chip.

    We have a $200 Imperial Palace one that's kind of neat too.
    I don't know if you can still do this at participating casinos (that still offer Silver Strikes machines)
    but we traded in 20 of the IP $10 coins we won (for the bigger denomination) at the casino cage.
    Comes in a nice blue velvet display case. A fun Vegas memento.
    We have some nicely designed ones with themes from lots of the casinos that aren't around anymore too.
    Both Downtown and The Strip. The Stardust is one of my favorites.
    ...And yes, you can still cash the coins in at the casino cage for face value so it's not
    a waste of money to us.
     
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    Me, for one. When the new home office gets finished, the last item will be a heavy glass cover for the computer desk. Underneath it will be a selection of the room keys we have acquired over the years, so every time I'm on the net, I'm reminded of Sin City.
     
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    Higher denomination chips do increase in value, but I collect singles as cheap souvenirs. They are easy to frame and display. I started with a chip from every casino I have played at that has closed. That started with the Dunes and the Sands and a few more I had to get from collectors. Now when I get wind of a place closing or rebranding I visit and pick up a chip. I made a set for my wife that includes every casino where she actually stayed a night in the hotel. Most of those are still open so I bought a lot at Spinetti's gaming supplies. Finally I have a five dollar chip from every time I have hit a video poker Royal. That one is up to eight, and nothing makes a trip for me like bringing home a red chip.

    I also collect slot club cards but have never figured out what to do with them. I always envisioned sewing them together and making a suit coat out of them.
     
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  20. vegasvette

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    At one time, long ago when cigarettes were given away at BJ tables in Vegas, I collected matchbooks. Most of the time they were merely something I needed, not a collectible. However, I accumulated dozens of matchbooks. I happened across them recently and found matchbooks from imploded casinos, casinos with old logo's, and pre merger casino's. Fond memories, for sure.
     
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