Gambling Punch Boards
Punchboards were originally used in the 18th century for gambling purposes. A local tavern owner would construct a game board out of wood, drill small holes in it, and fill each hole with a small paper ticket or game piece. The holes were then typically covered with paper or foil. After a patron bought a chance at the punchboard, he would puncture one of the hole’s paper or foil covers with a nail and retrieve the ticket/game piece. If the game piece contained a winning number, the patron won the prize.
In the nineteenth century, board operators eventually drilled into their own holes (they knew where the big money was, because they made the board). The punchboard’s use started to decline.
In the late 1800s, a new type of punchboard was introduced. This one involved putting paper in both the front and back of the hole (to help prevent operators from cheating). These new punchboards became popular purchases at drugstores, and they were sold with a metal stylus. The punchboard soon became increasingly similar to today’s lottery tickets.
Soon, the punchboard became cheap and easy to assemble, and the industry flourished. Noted gambling author John Scarne estimates that 30 million punchboards were sold in the years between 1910 and 1915. He also estimates that 50 million punchboards were sold in 1939 alone, during the peak of their popularity.
Three of the more interesting “Vintage Gambling Punch Boards” we have found over the years. These 3 feature WW2 themes which 1 now considered insensitive or non PC (Sock The Jap) – One called “Sock The Jap” featuring an exaggerated Japanese Soldier Illustration, The Punch Hitler version showing Hitler with horns and red devilish eyes along with 4 soldiers, And another with Hitler and those 2 other communist leaders illustrated with Uncle SAM standing in. These types of ww2 punch boards are very rare and hard to find. The ones we found were not used “Punched” and had the original punch tool attached. Along with this trio we found over 150 other boards featuring pin-ups, cowboys, indians, cars, toys, and more. We foud all of them in a long-time hoarder/antique dealers estate.
Rare B&O Railroad Wreck Train Box
Here is a really cool historical transportation and railroad item that is truly hard to find. As a matter of fact this is the only one I have ever seen in real life or online that came off of the Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) Railroad. It is a rather large tool chest with 3 removable sections. It is painted with the B&O Brand and says “Wreck Train” Garrett Ind. It even ha a very neat lid handle that is brass and has the B&O mark on it as well.
Nice Vintage light up Roanoke VA Garst Bros. Dairy clock
These clocks use to bring $600-$800 but with so many of them in the area (Roanoke VA), most of the main collectors already have one and the price has been dropping over the past 5-6 years. You can pick them up for about $200-$300 and even less from average people that have them in garages and basements. I saw one sell at a yard sale for $50 this past summer (which was a great deal!).
Virginian (VGN) RYco Railroad Switch Lock
Here is a find example of a VGN Railroad (Virginian) lock that we uncovered in a local estate. This lock is in GOOD condition from 1929 and complete with the original chain, switch plate cover, and VGN marked slaymaker lock switch key. The key alone is worth $60-$100 depending on the market. These VGN locks are worth $600-$1200 depending on the market you sell in and the condition and particulars of your lock. The lock you see photographed was sold for $655 for a fast sale, however it could have sold for $800 easily if more time was invested in the sale. This lock sold within 5 minutes of being listed online.