Author will open 2010 gaming convention

LAS VEGAS — The Casino Chip & Gaming Token Collectors Club, Inc, (CC&GTCC) has announced their opening seminar presenter. The opening seminar is devoted to information most valuable to the gaming collecting hobby; it is always filled with new and old members wanting to learn more about collecting casino memorabilia.
On Thursday, June 24, at 9 a.m., Howard Herz of Gaming Archaeology, Mindon, Nev., will present Collecting Gaming.

Howard became associated with gaming collectibles in 1967 as the curator of Harvey’s Resort Hotel’s collections of gaming checks and gaming tokens. In 1967 he had the distinction of being one of the few people who had visited and entered all of the state of Nevada’s licensed casinos while collecting gaming checks and tokens for Harvey’s owner, Harvey Gross. Over the years, Harvey’s chip collection grew to more than 27,000 chips and tokens. As curator of the collection, Howard was responsible for cataloging the collection.

To assist in this job, Howard contacted the gaming manufacturers that Harvey’s did business with and also others that supplied other casinos. In 1983, Howard was asked to provide a detailed catalog of the collection — this project required research into the various methods of gaming chip production and the identification of the gaming check molds of the various manufacturers and distributors. This research led to the publication in 1985 to Harvey’s Guide to Collecting Gaming Checks and Chips. This publication was one of the first collector’s guides in the hobby. In 1995, Howard & Kregg wrote A Collectors Guide to Nevada Gaming Checks & Chips published by Whitman.

Over the next 15 years, Howard’s interests expanded into other areas of gaming history including dice, cards, Silver Strikes and table games. In the late 1990s, Howard was able to visit and research some of the original companies that have supplied gaming in the early part of the 20th century including Mason & Co., Taylor & Co., Hunt & Co. in Chicago.

Howard also researched the operations of Paul-son, Bud Jones and other local Nevada gaming manufacturers. Some of the results of this research has been made public over the years in the more than 35 auction catalogs that Howard and his wife Kregg produced for Gaming Archaeology as well as more than 10 books on gaming collectibles. Howard and his wife continue to research and catalog gaming collectibles.

In 2007 Howard established the American Gaming Archives at the Nevada Historical Society in Reno, Nev. The Archives collections are focused on the history of American gaming (Caribbean included) as it developed from its earliest days in the United States. Because American style gaming was also introduced into the Caribbean the mid 1950s, this geographical area is also part of the AGA area of interest. Howard serves as the coordinator of the Archives and is presently cataloging its extensive holding of gaming records and artifacts and continues to research the history of American gaming.

Howard, Kregg and their daughter Marce (who collects WWE chips) live in Minden, Nev.

The Casino Chip & Gaming Token Collectors Club is a tax exempt, educational, not-for-profit organization. Membership advantages include a quarterly magazine, the “Casino Chip & Token News”; preregistration privileges; and a superior trading status; among other benefits.

The CC&GTCC’s 18th annual convention will be held June 23-26 at the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. In addition to the seminars, other planned convention activities include, but are not limited to, an early bird banquet and trade session, a chip and medal design contest, collector exhibits and trade sessions.

For more information on the CC&GTCC and its 18th annual convention, visit

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