My Writing


Back To Main | Contact Jim



What's New

10 things I know are true but cannot prove2

A Sad Commentary (RE: COVID-19 Virus)

A Blurb from the New Book


Guest Writers

Microbiologist Robert Todd on the Corona Virus


Past Articles

10 things I know are true but cannot prove


My Las Vegas/part1

My Las Vegas/part2

My Las Vegas/part3

My Las Vegas/part4


5 Things I know are true but canít prove

5 More Things I know are true but can't prove


A Separate IRS Code Section501(C)(3)Entity


Digital Cameras


My boxing experiences/part 1

My boxing experiences/part 2


I write for me


Casino Chip and Gaming Token Collectors Club Name Change


The Charcoal Room


The Clique


10 Ideas that might improve our club and convention


10 statements I know that are true but I canít prove!

10 statements I know that are true but I canít prove II

10 statements I know that are true but I canít prove III

10 statements I know that are true but I canít prove IV

10 statements I know are true but can't prove! V


A Long Crap Hand


The California Hotel & Casino & the Redwood Bar & Grill


Review of The Chip Rack Ė 11th Edition


The Entertainment Capital of the World


It truly is a small world!

The Hat & Cane 50 Cent Fremont

50 Centers

A Jerry's Nugget $5 Chip



Collecting $2.50 Chips

Cotton Club

Jolly Trolley


Lake Tahoe

Moulin Rouge


New Chip Finds

No Cash Value

Observation #1 Chip Rack 10th Edition

Observation #2 - The Building Fund

Observation #3  Poker & Federal Taxes

Our Bar



Poker Digest Interview


Rancho Inn


Reference Books Review of The Official U.S. Casino Chip Price Guide

Setting the Record Straight - Part I Background
Setting the Record Straight - Part II The Castaways


The Hunt








Back To Main | Contact Jim


The Perlowski Files!

The Hunt

The following article was posted by Jim on the old Prodigy Board on December 21st, 1997

Nothing in chip and token collecting excites me more than a chip show or gathering together of "chippers". Everyone brings their sell and/or trade books and the "hunt" for those elusive or bargain chips begins.  

We sit and go through each binder looking for pieces we need or those pieces we know our friend needs. When I first started collecting a little over two years ago I would go through a binder and come to the conclusion there was nothing in it I needed. A very dear friend of mine would also go through the same binder and always come out with a chip or two I missed. I would say to myself how in the heck did I miss that piece. The answer was not as easy as I first thought! He told me this and I pass it on to you: "Always look at a chip from the edge in. Train your eye to move from the outside where the mold is towards the center inlay or hot stamp". Sounded simple enough until I tried it myself. Man it is tough to do. It takes patience and practice and I still haven't completely mastered it. However, I don't miss as many chips as I use too. 

Most dealers and/or collectors have basically the same chips for sale or trade. This will become obvious the more binders you look at. What you want to find are those unique pieces; that 1% to 3% of an individuals inventory that no one else has. The more binders you properly look at the more you will see what I say is true. I have found that if I place my finger on each chip I'm looking at and force my eyes to the mold or edge of that chip and than to the center the process goes quicker. Please don't tell my old grammar school reading teacher; she would chastise me for using my finger. Plan to spend a little time looking at a binder. Don't be in a hurry - otherwise you will miss those great chips. Unless you plan to spend the whole show at the various dealer tables you are not going to be able to cover them all properly. There just isn't enough time. Heck, I have spent hours looking at just one dealer's books and come up empty. Also, I have spent just a few minutes and struck "gold". You never know what you will find but I know you will miss many chips if you don't examine those binders correctly.