Chip and token collectors have been around as long as casinos
have, but it wasn't until the 1980s that collectors began talking
with each other on a regular basis and dealers began to concentrate
on casino material. Before the 1980s, chips and tokens could be
found outside of casinos only as oddities: a few chips or tokens
mixed in with a coin dealer's stock or a few chips at an antiques
shop or garage sale.
Two early chip dealers published short-lived newsletters and a
contributor to one of them was Archie Black, who lived not far from
the relatively new casino gaming jurisdiction of Atlantic City,
N.J. When the second of the two dealer newsletters ceased
publication, Black, a chip collector with a long history of coin
collecting and organizing coin clubs, decided to test the waters to
see whether or not there might be sufficient interest to organize a
chip and token collectors club similar to the coin clubs he had
participated in. Late in 1987, Black wrote to a number of
collectors who appeared on the newsletter's subscriber list,
inquiring about interest in an organized club.
The first issue of what would eventually become "Casino Chip
& Token News," the quarterly magazine of the Casino Chip &
Gaming Token Collectors Club at over 100 pages per issue, appeared
in January 1988 and was entitled "Atlantic City Chip & Token
Newsletter." The five page newsletter was the creation of Black,
who began publishing his newsletter quarterly including news and
history of the relatively new (10 years old) Atlantic City casino
The response to the survey Black included in his first issue was
overwhelmingly in favor of establishing a formal club, and the
Casino Chip & Gaming Token Collectors Club was a reality. The
initial group of collectors numbered about 20, but the charter
membership was extended to the first 100 members. That goal was
passed immediately after the club's first annual meeting at the
American Numismatic Association convention in Cincinnati, Ohio,
The hobby expanded exponentially into literally every aspect of
gaming in America and in fact across the entire world. No item too
small or too large that had an identifiable logo or casino name
attached to it went uncollected.
Items that became collectable included poker chips, casino
chips, antique gaming chips, dice, matchbooks, ashtrays, postcards,
napkins, coasters, menus, plaques and silver strikes. The joke is
that there is nothing out of bounds and people do in fact collect
things that the average person would simply say, "You are kidding!"
Table layouts for roulette, blackjack and craps; actual signs from
the casinos; the glass fronts to slot machines; and of course slot
The first (organizing) convention took place at the ANA
convention in Cincinnati, Ohio, on July 23, 1988, and first true
CC>CC convention took place at the Aladdin Hotel, Las Vegas,
in May of 1993.
We now come to the 22nd annual convention to take
place in Las Vegas at the Southpoint Hotel, Casino & Spa in Las
Vegas starting on June 18th through June 21st, 2014,
with the showroom floor open to the public by paid admission
starting on June 19th.
In fact literally everything about the convention is open by
paid admission with the exceptions of our blackjack and poker
tournaments and the banquet and the business meeting. There are
four phenomenal education seminars on aspects of the casino
collectable hobby that aren't to be missed! There is still time
join the Casino Chip & Gaming Token Collectables Club, Inc. and
have access to it all!
Check us out at www.ccgtcc.com.