Old West Gambling items can range from pocket size; Dice, Saloon Tokens, Poker Chips, Spinners, Card Holdouts, or a Roulette Ball to as large as a full size commercial Roulette table. No matter the size of the item you are collecting it is wise to buy the very best you can afford. Yes, you will pay more now but in the future it will also be worth far more than a less expensive version of the same item.
When buying it is important to consider condition, age, desirability and the wholeness of an item.
Condition relates to how close an item comes to being in its original state. If a Tobacco Tin is perfect in every way but for a dent, it’s condition would not be considered “Excellent”.
Age has to do with whether an item rates being considered an antique or just vintage or a reproduction. Nowadays many reproduced items are of such good quality it is very difficult to tell the real thing from a fake.
Desirability is subjective but if you are not drawn to a particular item don’t expect that others will be either. Think in terms of “down-the-road” when you are ready to sell. The item will be much easier for you to sell if you have or had a fondness for it when you bought it.
Wholeness deals with a piece being all original with nothing missing or nothing replaced. Expect to pay a premium for an all-original item. Bite the bullet and make the purchase. Yes it may hurt a bit now but down the road you will pat yourself on the back for being so smart and such a wise buyer.
As with all things in life, the more homework you do the better prepared you will be when it comes to buying now and selling in the future.