SOLD Vintage NEVADA Travelodge $5 chip [Paulson TH&C !!!] - 24+ hours

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$5 Travelodge Hotel / Casino
Carson City, Nevada
Paulson TH&C -- Red & Green

These incredible Paulson $5 TH&C chips are obviously from the Travelodge Hotel & Casino in Carson City, NV.
This casino was only open for about a year back in the late 70s... and was abruptly closed and told to "dispose" of their chips per Nevada law. Well, fast forward 30 years and the chips from this casino were discovered in a dig [2011] under the location of the Ormsby House casino... I believe these to be from that find!
This is all I could manage to find, but they have sold on eBay as singles for $6+ I believe the last 2 on there sold for $12 and $6 respectively...prior to the find, a $5 chip had sold for as high as $800 !!!

According to the articles out there and based on the timeline of the casino being only open for approx. 1 year, these chips don’t appear to have much "casino wear" on them, still mostly sharp edges, cross hatching, etc. Being in sand where they were buried is believed to have kept them from completely being ruined!
However, almost all of them, including the ones sold elsewhere seem to have a discoloration in the inlay... while not horrible, it is there.
You can also tell in the pictures... that there are some of them that are warped. Some definitely more than others. In the rack on the right, I have actually tried flattening most of those out and have gotten them to where they are stacked pretty well with very little wobble. I’m sure the rest could be fixed, I am just not interested in doing them all myself.
In that same rack you can see that the 1/2 barrel has been cleaned and lightly oiled [chip face showing] and they cleaned up really well and the color POPS!

If you have any questions... Please feel free to ask.
Starting this at $1. No Reserve... Excellent opportunity to own a killer piece of history!


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