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    Harvey's Wagon Wheel $25 Lake Tahoe Casino Chip. Ninth Issue, R-8, Circa 1950s. Harvey's, now one of the lake's premier hotel casino destinations, opened as a Saloon in a small wooden building in 1944. Soon other small casinos began to open nearby. Owner Harvey Gross and wife put the South Shore of Tahoe on the map with great promotions over many years making the South Shore a destination, primarily in the summer months. Larger casino enterprises opened there to compete. In 1961, the first high rise on the lake was built at Harvey's. For years Harvey's competed with Harrah's, at one time being right next door. Finally Harvey's sold out to Harrah's in 2001. This casino issued many wonderful chips which are all highly sought by collectors. With the many rarities to collect, a Harvey's collection is a fun challenge. A sharp looking, oddly-colored, classic '50s chip sure to stand out in your collection.

    Note on rarity: As of last year there was one good chip in a private collection along with three total that were cancelled or drilled. A noted collector and chip dealer made a great find of four pieces. This is one of those four, giving a total of eight chips known extant and a rarity level of R-8. The value is still substantial on a great example like this as the rarity for a good chip is still R-9. Now that a few more are around and some sales have taken place, a better judgment of value can be made. Often when a new find of a rare chip comes out, the seller prices them fairly to sell to the few lucky collectors and in a short time, when others also want an example, the value climbs again.

    Condition: Sharp and appears New other than some very light, apparent glue residue on one side. Perhaps this was mounted to something with glue or possibly this took place in the manufacturing process as glue adheres the inlay to the chip. Chips were made to be used and not made to perfection. Some very minor rim nicks.

    For more information about casino chips, please read The Basics Of Casino Chip Collecting.

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