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Las Vegas Club sports memorabilia to be sold

29 October 2015

In many ways, the now-closed Las Vegas Club was like a downtown sports museum.

Owner Mel Exber turned the casino's walls into a memorabilia shrine, much of it dedicated to the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers. The restaurant was named the Dugout and the Las Vegas Club's exterior facade was a tribute to Brooklyn's historic Ebbet's Field.

The former operators of the casino are now offering its customers a chance to own a piece of its history. Sports-related memorabilia from the Las Vegas Club will be sold through a pop-up gallery at the nearby Plaza Hotel and Casino that opens Tuesday.

Hundreds of sports-themed items, which decorated the Las Vegas Club, are being made available for the public to view and purchase. The downtown hotel-casino at the corner of Fremont Street and Main Street closed in August and was sold to D Las Vegas owner Derek Stevens and his brother Greg.

The Las Vegas Club Sports Memorabilia Gallery opens at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Plaza with a event for the public that includes a drawing to win one of the pieces. Beginning Wednesday, the location will be open daily from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Among the items featured for sale include a signed Michael Jordan University of North Carolina Tar Heels basketball jersey; a framed Pete Rose No. 14 Montreal Expos jersey, flanked by a photo of the baseball great as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies and his official Cincinnati Reds' baseball card; two official seats from Comiskey Stadium in Chicago; and an autographed bat collection from the 1946-1958 World Series games.

Prices range from $25 and up and vary by sport.

Plaza CEO Jonathan Jossel said Las Vegas Club patrons asked about the items after the casino closed. The property was owned by the Tamares Group, which also owns the Plaza. PlayLV operated the casinos at both properties and incorporated Las Vegas Club's gaming operations into the Plaza.

Jossel said the Plaza wanted to share the sports memorabilia collection with the public.

"For many years, the Las Vegas Club was a sports fan favorite in downtown Las Vegas," Jossel said. "This pop-up gallery is a great opportunity for those looking for sports memorabilia that also was a unique piece of Las Vegas history."

Jossel said the Plaza will donate 10% from the proceeds of every sale in the gallery to the UNLV Libraries Special Collections. The library collects unique, historical materials documenting the development of Las Vegas that focus on the city's role in gaming and entertainment.