Football and basketball fans love to collect different memorabilia, especially ones that are rare and increase in value. Hardcore poker fans are no different as they like to own and collect souvenirs and poker memorabilia that show how much they love the game.
If other sports fans can get their hands on pricey merchandise such as original jerseys and caps owned by the top athletes, trophies, signed cards, as well as autographed pieces of memorabilia, poker enthusiasts can also do the same, though it always boils down to whether or not they have the resources to buy and collect them.
If you’re an ultimate poker fan and money is not an issue for you, consider betting these top poker collectibles:
# World Series of Poker (WSOP) Bracelets
The WSOP gold bracelet is poker’s most coveted prize. Players already consider it a great accomplishment if they win one but not everyone can do so.
If you’re not one of the pros who usually travel to Las Vegas to compete in the WSOP festival, you will find it hard to get your hands on a bracelet.
The only way for you to have one is if a certain bracelet winner puts the item up for sale and you’re lucky enough to be the buyer.
For instance, 2008 WSOP Main Event winner Peter Eastgate sold his bracelet for charity. The bracelet went through a bidding war before it was ultimately sold to a certain William Haughey for nearly $150,000.
# Luxurious Chip Sets
Have you heard about a luxurious monogram chip set being sold by French luxury label Louis Vuitton? Well, it’s priced at $24,000!
That’s way higher than the cost of a regular chip set which you can get for as little as $100, but if you’re an ultimate poker fan with some extra money, you might be interested to buy your own LV chip set, protected by a suitcase-style case with golden-metal brass fittings.
The LV monogram is embossed with diamonds, and inside the case you’ll see a full poker set and two brass paperweights.
# Autographed Items
Anything from cards, photos, merchandise, or books signed by the top pros are worth having. Autographed items coming from popular players make you feel more connected to them, and looking for these collectibles isn’t easy.
So if you ever get the chance to get a signed photo of the legends, such as Phil Ivey or Daniel Negreanu, then grab it!
You may also get a copy of books written by famous poker players, such as Doyle Brunson’s Super System, which also contains his own signature.