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 things; not for sale)
Note: I collect and buy Sheet Music with gambling and playing card images.  
I can email or snail mail you a list of the approximately 90 pieces I own,
thus letting you know what I need.

lib congress

I wish I owned this one.  It is from 1878 and is in the Library of Congress.  To read the lyrics, click here, then clck away at the bottom of that page.  Most of the sheet music below I own.  Click here for other gambling-related sheet music pictures.

Below are some of the song sheets from my collection.  In this one, note the dandy caught with three dice.  Copyright 1905.

gambling man pict
copyright 1902

pict fantan man
clockwise from upper left:
¶ Gimme Hush Money, copyright 1905.
¶ The Gamblers, 1911
¶ Fan Tan Man,  1916
¶ The Man Who Broke the Bank, 1935
¶ Million-Dollar, 1913
¶ The Gambling Man, 1902

pict Pocahontas
"That Queen or Poker" is my oldest one -- copyright 1883.  The Pocahontas one is 1919.

pict suits
Three with a named playing card in the title.

pack 55
1916  sheet music.  Interesting poker-related lyrics -- about rank of social classes, hints of progressive socialism and equality, discarding low cards in draw poker, playing-card faces and backs, and religion and judgement day.  (I don't own this sheet music.)  Here are the lyrics:

There's that about a Pack of Cards
Which somehow calls to mind
The so-called "social classes,"
Or "divisions" of mankind;

Some folks are "high" and some are "low"
And some of "medium grade,"
According to the surface marks
Which circumstance has made;

The King, the Queen, the Jack,
the Ten, "Aristocrats" Elite --
The "Upper crust," who hold in trust
The bread the rest must eat;

The Six, the Seven, the Eight, the Nine, --
The happy Middle Class, --
They're just below the Magnates,
But above the Struggling Mass;

The Deuce, the Trey, the Four, the Five, --
Discarded everywhere, --
For bare existence forced to strive, --
(It doesn't seem quite fair!)

And yet the Ace recalls the ONE
Who watches over all
And marks with just and equal eye,
HIS subjects rise and fall;

And in the Court of Last Appeal,
Adjusting every claim
He sees the backs of all the cards, --

four aces
1933, England

"The Ace Of Spades" 1900 Instrumental March By Black Composer James T.Brymn.  Not mine; it went for about $103 on eBay in Oct. 2005.

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