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.


Robert Eisenstadt's
Antique Gambling Chips &  Gambling Memorabilia Web Site

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(I collect these; not for sale)

I collect cigar box labels with gambling themes, primarily the approximately 6" x 9" artwork glued to the inner side of the lid -- these are the most popular and valuable cigar labels.  In decent condition they usually sell for $200 and more, though there are exceptions and beware of reproductions.... .... ..... Cigar labels are beautiful examples of stone lithography.  They were a primary vehicle of advertising back in the days when there was no TV, radio, etc., and reading skills were limited..... ...... .... Some of the labels shown below are salesman's samples.  Many of them (and such is stated on the "Our Club" one) had sample generic names on them; that is, you could substitue the name of your bar, club, store, hotel, etc. for the title on the sample.


lucky spots
I don't own this one.   On Nov. 1, 2003, it went for $394 on eBay.  It is embossed, 6" x 7."  (I own two shavinbg mugs with same name and design.)

club night
I don't own this one.  Nov. 1, 2003, it went for $126 on eBay.  6" x 7," embossed.

Ace Hearts
Geo. Harris and Sons.  Not mine.

Interesting label.  It highlights a generic denomination "5"poker chip.  Probably for sale of 5-cent cigars.

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