May 11, 2022

The memorabilia auction is aimed at poker and casino fans

fans of poker and the story of the game may want to check the next Potter & Potter Gaming Memorabilia Auction. From antique gaming equipment to vintage playing cards, the event offers plenty for collectors and poker players.

The auction takes place from March 17-18 and also provides insight into the casino industry and the deep history of poker. Poker and casino chips, coin operated games, advertising and other antiques are all included. The auction attracts bidders from all over the world, including many card players.

“For poker players interested in the origin and development of America’s most popular card game, there’s plenty to collect that traces its history,” said Potter and Potter Cataloging Manager. Joe Slabugh Recount USPoker. “Poker collectors come in all shapes and sizes, from those who outfit a card or poker room, to those who build a gambling library, to chip and card collectors who enjoy the many shapes and designs that these auctions have views.”

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An overview of some auction items

Potter and Potter was founded in 2007 in Chicago and specializes in Americana paper, vintage advertising, rare books, playing cardsgame memorabilia, posters, fine prints, vintage toys and magical collectibles.

Gaming-related collectibles have become an important part of the auction house’s business. This upcoming sale features a wide variety of items and is part of an annual gaming memorabilia event.

“In some ways, this is our most eclectic sale on the calendar this year,” Slabaugh said. “And as you tour our gallery right now, it’s hard not to share in some of the nostalgia for those amusement devices, signs, tokens, cards and games of yore. We’re thrilled to have such a wide selection in one catalog.

Slabaugh pointed out a few things that will be of particular interest to poker players. Lot 571 contains a copy of The game of Draw Poker by Henry Winterblossom, published in 1875. It was the first comprehensive book on poker strategy, including an explanation of the mathematics of the game.

Batch 200 presents a unique object that could also be of interest to poker players. “Devil and Cardsis a porcelain work of art from the German manufacturer Royal Bayreuth. In the room, the devil is holding a deck of cards with the king of diamonds visible.

Another lot, 145, offers some mixed poker magic. “Carter beats the devilis a classic magic poster from the 1920s showing the magician Charles Carter holding a winning poker hand as he plays the devil. Glen David Gold’s novel of the same name used the poster as dust jacket art.

Lots of poker chip collectibles

Poker collectors attracted to classic chips will find all kinds at auction. From individual casino chips to sets, there are many compositions and styles of the 20th century.

Lot 145 offers a particularly brilliant set of Clay Eagle poker chips in a carved wooden box. The case features an intricate design with an antique deck of cards.

A meticulously curated collection of Benevolent and protective order of elks Chips (Lot 92) is another featured item, and valued between $2,000 and $3,000. The collection includes approximately 1,000 copies organized into three binders.

Tokens are made from clay, metal, plastic, and compositional materials and include various decorations and denominations.

The auction also includes a collection of obsolete vintage casino chips (lot 55) mainly from Nevada, including Las Vegas and other cities and towns in the state. This grouping of around 1,200 tokens is valued between $2,000 and $4,000.

Rare books, playing cards, etc.

Book collectors can bid on a first edition of SW Erdnase'”The expert at the card table.” The author printed this work in Chicago in 1902 and it is described as “the most carefully researched book ever published on the art of handling cards at the gaming tables”.

The book also includes over 100 drawings “from the life” of Marshall D. Smith. Observers value the book at between $6,000 and $9,000. In 2019, Potter sold a similar copy for almost $17,000.

Those looking for vintage playing cards are also in luck. Maps were not always easy to find in the 19th century and were often used again and again.

These often became bent and scored, most not surviving to the present day. Potter does, however, offer a few unique examples that did.

This includes an almost new set of “Murphy Varnishtransformation cards (lot 278), estimated between $4,000 and $6,000. This rare and comical transformation game about 1883 does double duty by also advertising the company. The backs of the cards feature decorations in red with leaves and a charioteer in a Murphy Varnish tank.

Vegas fans might be interested in a 12-pack Jerry’s Nugget Casino Las Vegas Playing Cards (Lot 363), estimated between $3,000 and $5,000. The United States Playing Card Company printed the game in Cincinnati in the 1970s.

The group includes six red shrink-wrapped backs and six blue shrink-wrapped backs. Other casino antiques are also listed in the auction catalog including roulette and slot machine games.

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Even featured cheat devices

Poker in the 19th century was not always on the rise. Whether it’s playing in a saloon in the old west or on a riverboat on the Mississippi, cheating could be an important part of the game.

Those who check out the Potter auction can even bid on some vintage cheat devices. One of these articles is that of FR Ritter “Combined Treatise on the Advantage Card Game and Draw Poker.”

“Advantage play” in this case meant cheating. Pictures in the book show marked cards, holds (used to conceal cards), and other jostling strategies. Auction officials estimate this rare volume from 1905 between $6,000 and $9,000.

The game collector with a few extra bucks may want to check out the auction. For more information, visit potterauctions.com. Click here for a complete overview of the auction catalogue.

* Photos courtesy of Potter & Potter