Larger & More Difficult Casino Items to Collect
by Sheldon Smith
If you remember the last time I wrote about casino collectibles, I said that I would address the larger and more difficult items to collect. I did not say you couldn’t find them — just that they were large and difficult to collect. Actually, I should have added that, in many cases, they are much more expensive than items we had previously discussed!
So let’s get started by seeing what all I am talking about! Large items such as slot machines, table layouts, parts of table layouts, i.e., the wheels and slot glass are just a part of the larger and more expensive items I am addressing today.
Slot machines were originally developed by Charles Fey in the 1890’s when he first presented the “Liberty Bell.” slot machine. This machine was so enjoyed and loved that its popularity allowed Mr. Fey to open a Slot Machine Factory in 1896. Slot machines take on many different forms. There have been some with rotating roulette wheels, two to a machine; and some have been miniature slot machines called trade stimulators. Even the latest video poker machines across the universe of casinos are all derivative of the classic slot machine. Their popularity as a collectible is well established. (see pictures)
That’s it for now. Next time around, we are going to focus on the most expensive gaming memorabilia bought in recent times! Do you know how much a chip or a slot machine can sell for? You won’t believe it!