Chequers Book Reviews
The Professor, Michael Knapp
Casino Chips & Tokens of the Dutch Caribbean, Ralph Pollack (1998)
120 pages, spiral bound, $34.95 + $3.50 shipping, D.C.E., P. O. Box 79216, Dartmouth, MA 02747
Ralph Pollack published his respected guide to the chips of Aruba last year. Now he has expanded that book to cover the four Dutch islands of the Caribbean: Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao and St. Maarten.
Pollack's Dutch Caribbean book is extremely thorough. It's clear that the author has firsthand knowledge of the casinos and chips he writes about. Profusely illustrated not only with color photos of the chips described, but also with black and white photos of the hotels and casinos, there is a plethora of information which Pollack has gathered about each of the casinos. The depth of his research is evident, and of tremendous value for the collector.
In addition to the full color chip photographs and the illustrations of the casinos themselves, Pollack has included an essay on the Clifford Jones/Jake Kozloff (CJ-JK) connection in the Caribbean, explaining what many collectors have wondered about for some time.
The 33 casinos discussed in detail, along with their chips and tokens, are divided into geographical sections. The title page for each section contains a map of the island so the collector can orient himself. The detail in Pollack's book is fantastic, and a tremendous contribution to the literature of chip and token collecting. My wish list? Only that Ralph add a price/value guide to his next edition - or as a supplement to this one. Often foreign chips are not given the recognition they deserve because rarity is something many collectors are unfamiliar with.
If you collect Caribbean chips, order this book today!