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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Great ivory dealer chips and poker chips
-- not for sale


The above two pictures show both sides of four of my better ivory chips:
� the large dealer chip is about 4" x 3-1/2."  Dale Seymour shows it on page 363 of his "Antique Gambling Chips; Revised Edition" -- from a Xerox I took of my very own chip.  He chose the picture of this chip to adorn his title page to the section on "Dealer Chips." It is made of ivory and sterling silver  -- if you look close at the second picture, you can see the word "sterling."  I imagine that the sterling was added to let one more easily push the buck to the next dealer.  The entire sterling piece is an overlay (stands out in relief). The ivory is very solid with only hairline cracks.
� the smaller ivory buck is about 2-1/4" x 1-3/4."  The reverse side is nice and smooth -- too bad it must have rested on some paint or cleaner agent once.
� the "100" ivory is 2" in diameter!  It is on page 99 of Lenny Schneir's "Gambling Collectibles -- a Sure Winner."  I allowed Lenny to have it photographed for his book.  He describes it as "c. 1860's: Largest Ivory Chip Known -- two inch diameter!  This hand scrimshawed $100 ivory chip is among the most valuable of all ivory chips"  At least in 1993, when he wrote the book.
� the "25" ivory is one of my better ivories -- 1-3/4." diameter.

Be sure to take a look at my wonderful
set of ivories originally made for, and owned by, the fabulously wealthy industrialist and philanthropist P.A.B. Widener (1834-1915).
He kept it on his 225-foot yacht "Josephine," named after his wife.  Full story and pictures here.


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