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LaVere Redfield Nevada Club Chips Reno

Discussion in 'Chip Collector Gallery' started by David P, Jan 30, 2015.

  1. David P

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    Hi all,

    most of you know I'm a TRK nerd. I have been working on a Nevada Club/Lodge set for a while and it keeps growing. I will post the whole set in a week or two when some new orders come in but I wanted to share these special chips separate with their unique story.

    LaVere Redfield was born in1897 and grew up poor in a family with six siblings. His father passed shortly after his birth and he was raised by his mother and brothers. He worked briefly for his brothers before setting out on his own and taking a job as a potato digger.

    Redfield saved his money and then worked his way up as a stor clerk and eventually saving enough money to marry his sweetheart and honeymooning in California. While in California Redfield walked by a brokerage office and got caught up in the frenzy of the oil stock exchange that was taking place.

    The following day Redfield went back and purchased some stock in the oil well syndicates. This set in motion a path that Redfield would take to making himself a millionaire by his 30's. Redfield survived and even thrived during the stock market crash of the 30's.

    Distrustful of banks Redfield would get bags of Morgan and Peace Silver Dollars from the bank and hide them in false walls in his basement. This behavior led to him getting robbed several times in his life. Redfield hated paying taxes on his large house and eventually went to jail for income tax evasion.

    Despite his penny pinching ways Redfield was an avid gambler. Redfield would walk the mile and a half to the Nevada Club from his house so he wouldn't spend money on gas.

    Redfield loved roulette and worked on building his system. He was friends with Lincoln Fitzgerald who owned the Nevada Club (another interesting character). Fitzgerald would let Redfield bet higher limits and had special chips made only for Redfield to use. TR King records sho 1000 of each color were ordered in 1954. Redfield was even allowed to spin the ball himself on occasion.

    In one sory I read Redfield came in before Christmas and won so much the employees didn't get a Christmas bonus. He came back after Christmas and lost it all back and the employees got the bonus.

    I have been collecting these chips for a while buying one or two at a time off ebay. Anyone who has tried this knows it's a long and expensive process. I recently was able to acquire enough to fill out a rack of each color and without further babbling from me her they are.

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    There is much more to Renos LaVere Redfield and I'm currently reading his biography. Thanks for looking.
     
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    Wow, thanks for sharing the story of these chips! Simply amazing TRKs. Nice addition David! Thanks for sending my envy-meter off the charts.
     
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    Such dedication! Congrats on completing your racks. The green/white chip is one of my all-time favorites.
     
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    mmmmm, TR King quarter-pies with a great history read! Looks like you got like-new, mint to boot. True baller-status.
     
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    So gorgeous. Jealous.
     
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    In another verified story Redfield was walking home from the casino with $2500 in winnings in a paper sack under his arm ( 1948 ) He was confronted by a man who claimed to have a gun and demanded the money. Redfield (a small in stature man) refused. The robber then clobbered Redfield in the head with a brick but Redfield still refused to give up the money. Redfield told the police he was hit 12-15 more times in the head before the robber finally fled without the money Redfield still clutched.

    He would recover but not before spending a month or so in the hospital with a fractured skull. Some say that his real unusual behavior began after this incident.

    Redfield would suffer more robbery and burglary attempts later. To avoid these he dressed in worn jeans and a flannel work shirt and rarely let himself be photographed... More later
     
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