Antique games and collectible toys will be the order of the day at the Victorian Casino January 2014 auction, which will take place Jan. 18 and 19 in Las Vegas, Nev. However, with nearly 1,300 items set to be sold off over the two-day event, there will also be plenty of other exciting inventory from which to choose, including collectible firearms, automobile memorabilia and antique advertising.
While Vegas is a traditional vacation destination, not everybody will be able to make it out to the desert to take part in this auction. Therefore, iCollector.com will be hosting an accompanying online auction so that bidders from around the world will be able to take their shot at some of these amazing lots.
Classic arcade games
The antique arcade games that will be on the block in Las Vegas in January aren't the 25-cents per play Pac-Man machines most people might think of. They go back way farther than that, with items like a 5-cent "All American Baseball Game" floor-model mechanical, Manikin Playfield Players Skill Game, built around 1930 by the Amusement Machine Corporation (lot #407), serving as a reminder of what video games were like long ago.
A 5-cent Paces Races horse race console slot machine built by Pace MFG. around 1936 (lot #415) is another remarkable piece of antique machinery. Set in an inlaid brown cabinet, it's the kind of showpiece that will have people lining up to bid.
Antique furnishings and decoration
Many pieces of furniture from the same era as the arcade games will also be on the block. An early Berninghaus round-seat, round-back barber chair (lot #265), with its quartersawn oak, black leather and nickel plating, would make an excellent addition to almost any room.
Bidders can also relive the days of their youth with a wide assortment of classic gumball machines, including a 1-cent cast-iron "REX" version (lot #650A) that was manufactured by the Hance Foundry Co. in the first decade of the 20th century.
With so many lots for sale at the Victorian Casino auction, there is sure to be an item to fit almost every collector's taste. From classic nickelodeons and jukeboxes, to a 10-cent horse kiddie ride from 1952 (lot #802), to a Wayne 615-signal, 10-gallon visible gas pump (lot #923A), the options seem almost endless. And iCollector.com is the only place to get a hold of these astounding items for anyone who can't make it to Las Vegas on Jan. 18 and 19.