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    Las Vegas Club $5 Casino Chip, Ninth Issue, R-8, Circa 1950s. Whether spelled Arrowdie or Arodie, this is the mold that all collectors seek for their collections, even the most advanced. This chip has everything: a detailed picture inlay, brilliant colors, super condition, and origination from a famous early downtown casino. With just eight to ten examples known, only a few discriminating collectors are able to own this rare Vegas chip. Its image of a "one-armed bandit" such as those carved by Frank Polk is reminiscent of the bygone era of Las Vegas gambling history. Other issues from the Las Vegas Club, mostly on hot stamped chips, also offered this image; many of these are also very rare. This chip comes from gaming pioneer Phil Jensen's collection. This is a key piece- don't miss out.

    The Las Vegas Club was built as the Overland Hotel on Fremont Street in 1905, running poker games even before gaming was legalized; it has been in its current location since the 1940s. This chip has become quite celebrated since the History Channel's Pawn Stars March 8, 2010, episode, when a chip like this, but not nearly in this nice condition, was brought into their shop.

    Condition: Slight Used, one of the best. Most of these have problems but this example is awesome. The inlay printing on one side is slightly lighter in coloring; it does not look like fading as the rest of the chip base colors are even. When manufactured, the ink was likely not impressed as strongly. This is one of only two or three good examples of this chip where the inlay has not loosened and been reglued (which was done at the casino). After this problem, the casino ordered a new rack and, like most chips, probably tossed the remaining in the lake.

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

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    May, 2010
    22nd Saturday
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