ANTE UP: The Collection of Robert Eisenstadt

We welcome you to take part in Ante Up, the auction of the Robert Eisenstadt's incredible collection. The auction takes place on January 30, 2021 at 10:00AM CT. You can visit the auction website by clicking here.

You can also view the collection that is up for auction as a PDF.

If you have any questions about the auction, please contact Joseph Slabaugh (, 773-472-1442) at Potter & Potter Auctions.

IN MEMORIAM: Robert Eisenstadt 1942 - 2020

On June 5, 2020, Robert Eisenstadt died peacefully at home, in the loving presence of his sister Nancy and his sister's family. He will be dearly missed by all of us who loved and appreciated him. If you would like to leave a story about Robert, write a message, or read what others have written, please click here.

He took pride in his collection and loved sharing it with fellow enthusiasts; please have a look and enjoy.



(the top 7 chips are ivory; the middle 7,
mother-of-pearl; the bottom 9, clay)


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I BUY gambling chips (casino, ivory, mother-of-pearl, bone, clay composition chips, etc.), small gambling equipment (faro, keno, poker, roulette, etc. -- both straight and crooked), old playing card decks (poker size -- 2-1/2" wide), gambling paper (gambling supply catalogs, books, movie lobby cards, cigar box labels, etc.), and other old items which are gambling-related/have gambling images (match safes, lighters, watches, etc.). All items, except casino chips and catalogs, should be prior to 1945........I do not want gambling toys; plastic, paper or plain chips; metal slot tokens; current or recent casino chips; or large/heavy items like slot machines.......... I pay commissions for good leads.............Thank you........

Note: Feel free to write, call or e-mail about any chip/gambling-related matters.


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When I refer to scarcity, I use these grades/terminology: very rare, rare, scarce, uncommon, average, common and very common.

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I am developing my system here as I go.  If there is a problem or defect (other than even use or wear), I spell it out.  This is my basic grading system/terminology:

  • very fine -- excellent --  my highest rating: mint or near mint
  • fine -- quite attractive, insignificant wear
  • OK -- average, good chip, some wear, which is uniform/even
  • poor -- some defects or considerable wear  (defects, if any, are spelled out)

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  • buy with confidence: everything is sent insured, and you may return anything for a full refund for any reason or no reason!

  • for orders of individual chips, add $4.00 for postage-insurance. For orders of large poker chip sets or racks, the buyer pays actual postage-insurance.  And if you live in New York State, add sales tax. 

  • you may e-mail ((removed email address)) first, to discuss availability of items and other matters (some chips, I have only one or two, so I can hold an item for you).

  • you may pay via PayPal, or mail a check to Robert Eisenstadt; 200 N River Ln, Apt. 204; Geneva, Illinois 60134-1473   If via PayPal, contact me first for details.  I can have PayPal email you a "Money Request" for your purchase.  Thank you.

Robert Eisenstadt
200 N River Ln, Apt. 204, Geneva IL 60134-1473

E-mail: (removed email address)



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Note: this site is in no way affiliated with nor endorsed by Dale Seymour or his excellent book, "Antique Gambling Chips; Revised Edition" (Palo Alto CA: Past Pleasures, 1998), which I recommend you buy and study. The book is mainly about clay and ivory poker chips.  It comes in both hard ($35) and soft cover ($25).... ..... ... There are two editions of the book -- the one just cited, and an earlier one (1985).  Be sure to buy the most recent of the two.  You can buy it via mail order from a number of outlets.  Two in Las Vegas are the Gambler's Book Shop, (800) 522-1777; and Gamblers General Store, (800) 322-2447.