Collecting Poker Chips
Normally, regular poker players collect poker chips from the different casinos that they had patronized as a keepsake token. And if you are wondering if any of these poker chips are of any value, you might be pleased to know that collecting poker chips have become quite a trendy hobby over the last few years. People collect poker chips because there is an aesthetic value to them. These pokers chips are used by casinos all over the world because it is easier to keep track of how much bets there are on the table as compared to cash. There are actually millions of pokers chips which are out there in the market today. And if you are a new collector, you might be at loss at how to start this hobby.
However, you have to take note that the most sought after chips are not necessarily the rarest or oldest. Most chips collectors are looking for poker chips with a reputation. They are more interested in the story behind the chip. Thus, the chip that you want to collect should have a story behind it to tell such as where it came from and how it came to your possession. It may not appreciate in monetary value nevertheless, there is no denying the fact that it could end up as a precious family heirloom.
The stories behind poker chips collected can also be someone else's like chips from an old casino or even from a famous gambler. These chips will increase in value as more and more people become interested in the stories. As mentioned earlier, one of the reasons why people collect poker chips is because there is an aesthetic value to them. Most pokers chips have different colors, designs or patterns to their makeup. You will be able to see the casino name, logo and denomination of the poker chips as well. Usually these types of poker chips are more valuable than those plain ones.
Another important criterion to consider when collecting poker chips is that they must be in good condition. You should avoid those poker chips which are cracked, dirty or wrapped. Unless these damaged poker chips are extremely rare, you should just stick to those which are in good conditions.
The best way to start collecting these poker chips is to go directly to the source, the casinos. The casinos usually have a reserve stock of the different types of poker chips that are sold on the casino's floor. If you are searching instead for rare poker chips, you can try searching for them on eBay or online dealers. Nevertheless, the best way to look for these kinds of poker chips is to source them from other collectors at trade shows or online forum. A word of advice, before you part with your hard earned money to buy one of these rare poker chips, invest in a good guide book and do your research diligently. The Casino Chip and Gaming Token Collectors Club has good resources for those who are interested in collecting poker chips.