Thursday, October 1, 2009

“Sands Hotel and the Rat Pack” - Daryle Lambert's Antique and Collectible Blog – Great Memories.

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Those were the days I like to say. Las Vegas in all her splendor and yes, I spent many a week in her grasp. I look back on it today and realize that it wasn't a place where I should have spent so much time, but thankfully God saw fit to show me another way. Back then I was young and being young and full of myself, it sure brings back memories.

Vegas will never be what it was again because when the casinos were owned by individuals they wanted you to feel like family but today they are all corporate and the money is what they key in on. My favorite was always the Sands which was the seventh casino built on the strip. It started in 1952 and closed in 1996 but what a run it had. John F. Kennedy was the guest of Frank Sinatra many times at the Sands and the original “Rat Pack” started there. If you are too young to remember, that pack included Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Peter Lawford. Perhaps the most talented man I ever saw in my life was Sammy Davis, Jr. There wasn't a thing he couldn't do from singing and dancing to playing multiple instruments. A fact about Sammy that you may not be aware of is that just for fun he became the fast draw champion of the world. Pardon me for straying a little but I saw him every chance I got over the years.

Historically, however, the most important fact about the Sands was that it became the property of Howard Hughes in the mid 1960's. He lived in the penthouse as a recluse and if you saw his movie there was much of the film dedicated to his time at the Sands. The next in importance was the world famous Copa Room with stars like the aforementioned ones plus Judy Garland, Lena Horne and Jimmy Durante.

But why am I writing this blog you're asking. A friend of mine asked if I still had connections in Vegas because he wanted to take a short trip there. That is when all the memories started flooding in. But my job is to tell you how to make money from Vegas and it isn't from gambling but rather from the selling of Las Vegas memorabilia.

Please remember the items that I mention are all from the Sands but all the casinos have similar items that the collector is searching for. So here are just a few from the Sands: outfit made for Judy Garland by the Sands $3000, 1960 Dice layout $700, dealer's apron $295, rare room key $250 and a set of dice $75. You may think that these items will never come your way but do I have news for you. Almost everyone that visits Vegas brings home souvenirs. There are chips with the casino's name on them where the value can go into the thousands. In fact I still have a few of the chips myself. Happy Hunting

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