The Antique and Collectible Marble Show (The Former Vegas Show)

Saturday, October 29, 2022 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
2500 E 2nd St
Reno, NV 89595
In-Room Trading
Monday, October 24th – Friday, October 28th
Special Events
October 26th & October 27th

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8 thoughts on “The Antique and Collectible Marble Show (The Former Vegas Show)

    1. IAMC Reno Show 2022
      Special Events Announcement!!!

      All Events will take place in the Hospitality Suite (aka Leah & Chris Beniston’s Room) – Room number TBD

      Wednesday, October 26, 2022
      4:00pm – 5:00pm

      Marble Identification & Pricing Consultation
      Dani & Ernie Kirk & Mike Rausch

      Dani Kirk & Ernie Kirk started collecting about 1984. It all started with a very heavy large tall clear vase. They thought it would look good to have their glass block windows full of marbles. That’s where it all started! Back then no one wanted machine made marbles. They started buying all they could, but it was easier back then with antique shops, swap meets, and garage sales – marbles were plentiful. There were only one or two books on marbles back then. They went to Jeff Baker’s first marble show in Oregon. It was also their first ever marble show! It was fun to meet other collectors, although there weren’t many. With Akro Agate marbles their first love, they became friends with Roger and Claudia Hardy. This was before email and internet, so they had a lengthy, ongoing, mailing process! Roger and Claudia became Dani & Ernie’s first real mentors. As time progressed, they met other local friends with the same love of marbles. They Joined the NW Marble Club, then helped found the Sea-Tac marble club, and then founded the IAMC – International Association of Marble Collectors. Ernie is known all over the world as the Tacoma Marble Man! He earned this name by hiding art glass marbles every year (for more than 20 years!) around the city of Tacoma, WA. Most marbles are hidden during the Chinese New Year. Check out Monkeyshines: Tacoma’s Beloved and Mysterious Lunar New Year Art Tradition. Ernie (and his team of Monkey Creepers) hide marbles all over the Tacoma area, in any place one can imagine – and some you can’t imagine! Children and adults love to hunt the ‘Marble Man’ marbles, and have referred to it as “the best time of the year!” Ernie could be hiding marbles anytime of year, so you never know when you will come across one! Dani & Ernie have sold marbles on eBay for more than 20 years now and are known as “Zaboo.” Over all this time, they have never lost their love and passion for marbles! Shoot Straight as A kro flies!!

      Mike Rausch is from the state of Washington and started collecting marbles 6 years ago. He got started collecting by finding sea glass marbles on the beaches of Monterey Bay, near his home. That grew to purchasing jars of marbles from local dealers, learning about them, and another marble addict was born! Mike specializes in early machine made marbles, especially Akro and Peltier.

      Wednesday, October 26, 2022

      Marble Sellers Workshop – How to Start Selling Online: Taking and Posting Pictures, Writing Listings, Marble Identification, and MORE!!

      Alyssa “Mic’s Mibs” Michalsky

      Alyssa MicsMibs Michalsky hails from Ontario, Canada and is the only active female marble seller in Canada. Alyssa enjoys her vast personal collection of all marble makers, but specializes in German Handmades. In 2020, Mic’s Mibs marble shop was launched on Facebook, and just this month, it transitioned into a website: the first and only Canadian based Marble Store in history.


      Thursday, October 27, 2022 5:00pm – 7:00pm

      Show Opening – Meet & Greet Reception!!!

      Come one, come all! Join us for snacks and a beverage (or two!), and lets get to know each other while we talk marbles!!


      Friday, October 28, 2022

      Marble Identification & Pricing Consultation
      Friday 10/28 @ 9-10am

      Leah & Chris Beniston & Mike Johnson

      Leah Beniston began collecting in 2017 by purchasing a mixed jar of marbles and dice at an antique festival in Pleasanton, CA. Soon she was on the hunt for more marbles! Her husband, Chris Beniston, being a metal detectorist, traveled a lot more and found hunting for marbles to be a fun pastime. Soon Chris was finding marbles along the West Coast. Leah stumbled onto eBay and later the FB crowd and they’ve been a happy duo hunting, trading, collecting, attending, and hosting marble meets & attending shows ever since! Leah & Chris stay committed to the hobby for the fun people they’ve met and while gazing at their beautiful glass collection, it feeds their desire for MORE MARBLES!! Leah loves all types of marbles, and loves to identify marbles. Chris can spot a Jabo a mile away (and might try to buy it from you) and also has a love for cat eye marbles.

      Mike Johnson’s first real involvement with marble playing came about in 1955 when he was in the 3rd grade at the Orchard Street School in Arroyo Grande, California. That was the year that his local 5 & 10 cent store got in the first bags of cat’s eye marbles. Mike wasn’t very good at playing marbles, but found a way to collect some really pretty ones anyway. His mother worked at the five-and-dime, and all the boys fought over getting the cat’s eyes, he had her buy them all up when they came in, took them to school and traded two for one!!! The other boys got the cat’s eyes and Mike got their oler (and much prettier) marbles. He traded two of their pretty marbles for one cat’s eye and still thinks that was a pretty good deal. Mike is the author and co-author of many books about the history and identification of marbles including American Machine Made Marbles and Peltier Glass Toy Marbles, to name a couple of them. He is great at identifying all types of marbles, including those elusive swirls. He has an outstanding personal collection of Akro Glassware sets!

      Friday, October 28, 2022 10:00am-11:00am

      Marble Identification & Pricing Consultation

      Sami Arim & Dave Ybarra

      Sami Arim is originally from Istanbul, Turkey and has lived in Walnut Creek, CA for the past 30 years. He started collecting marbles when he was 6 years old. One day when he came home a neighbor’s son was playing marbles and he was hooked! He is the co-author of Peltier Glass Toy Marbles and is currently working on a book about Christensen Agate. He specializes in all types of marbles from early handmade marbles to mid-century machine made marbles.

      Dave Ybarra is a California native, born and raised. Currently, he lives in Madera CA. Dave started collecting marbles 13 years ago. He played marbles with passion as a kid from the 1st to the 5th grade, then forgot all about marbles for the next 20 years until…. He was doing yard work and marbles kept popping up out of the ground. He decided to look up marbles on eBay and first thing he saw blew his mind!! It was a 3-color CAC flame with bids up to $400! He was amazed that people actually collected marbles. Dave signed up with the online marble forums and has been a marble fanatic ever since. Dave specializes in Peltier Marbles. His favorite all-time marble is a Peltier Silver Surfer. He collects mainly Peltier NLR era marbles.

      Friday, October 28, 2022 11:00am-12:00pm

      Marble Grading, How to Identify Fakes, Polished Marbles, Torched Marbles, and Remelts!!

      Galen Wilcox

      Galen W. Wilcox has been collecting marbles for more than 35 years! His first marble show was Santa Cruz in 1987. He has contributed to five Marble books — offering pictures, advice, and consultation. He is the NorCal Marble community’s “go-to” expert for questions about authenticity! His favorite marbles are CAC and Transitionals. He also makes marble jewelry!


  1. Just curious if there is a current pricing guide for Akro Agate. I have the 1998 book from Roger and Claudia, but can’t find anything more current and want to try to gift one.


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