Bargaining Chip (1960, 1964)

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Wed Apr 14 10:59:46 UTC 2004

On Wed, 14 Apr 2004, Stephen Goranson wrote:

> Just a guess, but maybe "bargaining chips" originally referred to the ante
> chips, getting a place at the bargaining table, and maybe to upping the ante,
> the price of entry. Maybe more context from the Oshkosh 1964 quote would be
> worth posting.

It is interesting that in baseball players, considered as assets for
possible trades, have been referred to as "chips" for some time.  Is there
some game where one trades chips for other players' chips?

Fred Shapiro

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