Gaming Token Club of Collectors
Casino chip and token collectors have probably been around as long as casinos have existed. When gambling was first legalized in Nevada in 1939, plenty of casinos sprang up in Las Vegas. Slowly as the popularity of the casinos and table games increased it became necessary to have a standard mode of currency which could be used at the table. With this intention the casino chips had been introduced and over the years the casino chips have evolved in quite a large way.
In the earliest days the chips were made from any material like wood, paper, bones, mother of pearl and even ivory. However, players could easily counterfeit these chips and so there was a need to create chips which could not be replicated by others. Soon, manufacturers began to create unique chips for each casino with their logo, design and their unique artwork on the chips and with this began the casino chip collection.
History of Token Club
It was not till the 1980s that the chip collectors began interacting with each other regularly. The dealers began to concentrate on the casino chips soon. Before 80s, the tokens and chips could be found only rarely outside of casinos. Garage sales and antique shops very rarely offeres a few tokens and chips left over from a trip to casino. Two of the earliest chip collectors had first published newsletters for a short time, one of them had been Archie Black who had lived close to Atlantic City.
When the publication of the newsletter had been ceased, he decided to see if he would be able to put together a club of casino chip collectors. Archie Black had a long experience of establishing coin clubs and had a decent collection of casino chips himself. In 1987, he wrote to several other collectors who had subscribed to his newsletter earlier and asked them if they were interested in joining a club.
The first ever issue of the quarterly magazine of the club was issued soon and it had more than 100 pages and appeared in January 1988. Archie Black began publishing the newsletter quarterly and included history and news about the casino industry in Atlantic City. After the first issue of the magazine a survey was taken which was in favor of establishing a formal club and it was then that Casino Chip & Gaming Token Collectors became a real club.
The first ever group of casino chip collectors had been around twenty but very soon the club grew immensely. Soon enough there were 100 members in the group and the number of members kept growing each year.
Over the years the club has grown immensely and today it is considered to be the most important club for casino club collectors. The club organizes regular meetings and conventions and provides valuable information to collectors on chip collection.
Hundreds of collectors today seek out the club to get information on how to start a casino chip collection and things which they need to keep in mind before purchasing chips. From its humble beginnings in 1987, today the club has grown to be legendary.