There are many differences in the 2 price guides.
My Official U.S. Casino Chip Price Guide by James Campiglia & Steve Wells was published Sept. 2000 by Schiffer Publishing CO. (known as the leader in antique & collectibles books).
There are more full color professional pictures featured than most any price guide on any subject. Over 1,500 pictures shown right next to the casino & chip listed.
One major accomplishment for our hobby is my listing by numerical order when a chip was issued. First, second issue etc. No numbering system assigned to the chips. This took many years of research, studying, & learning all about chips. Within that I list them from lowest to highest denomination with roulettes & no cash value chips listed at the end of each casino named. Not many actual dates are listed when the chips were manufactured as for the most part collectors do not have this information. Chip Rack lists all chips by the same denomination in order.
The color, mold, inserts, inlay style, rarity & 3 prices based on a chips condition then follows.
Casino's are dated when they opened & closed, or if still in business. Chip Rack lists the street address also. We have added many footnotes to say this casino used to be this or this casino has now become...
We list the 3 price levels as per condition & that is a unique feature. Condition has become a very important factor in this hobby for many now.
396 pages covering all of Nevada with Las Vegas as one section. Lake Tahoe, Reno & then Small Towns listed seperately. I then list other gaming destinations of the US with Colorado's 3 towns, then Deadwood, SD. Riverboat States & Atlantic City. In it's own seperate section are all Limited Edition chips of Nevada. I list all up until the Superbowl chips of 2000 with mintages through the help of Dave Harber at Cheques in the Mail.
This fully indexed book also covers many chip collecting questions with "20 Questions & Answers". From information on joining the CC>CC chip club to When did chip collecting start? to What is the most valuable chip worth?
This has sure changed!
We feature a How To Use This Price Guide section as well with mold designs listed, inlays, etc.
Of importance to many are my old pictures & postcards showing many of these long gone clubs & casino's. These are throughout the book with many rare photo's.
We do not list fantasy chips & bogus chips. Just the actual chips used in a casino.
If I have missed anything about either book I bet some collectors will let me know.
It will be over a year before I am able to do another book unfortunately.
I have copies I sell or you can order from the manufacturer or the larger book stores like Borders & Barnes & Noble can order for you. I can probably provide a copy the fastest with Priority shipping of just $4 added to the $29.95 cover price.