Cabela's is a hunting/outdoor gear superstore
started in 1961. I started seeing tokens from them in 2002 but wasn't sure if
these were some kind of amusement token, or just an advertising item. In Jan.
2012 I visited the Cabela's in Post Falls, ID and found they were using the
tokens in a shooting gallery. The tokens I've seen all have the same design
on one side (which I'm calling the obverse) with various designs on the reverse.
All that I've seen have the city/state listed on the reverse. I have only see
a few of these tokens so far, but there is the potential for a lot of different
types, so I decided to start a web list of them. There are a lot of these on
eBay currently (Jan. 2012), most offered at about $2.50 but I don't see many
bids. Cabela's sells them for 4/$1 or 6/$1.
Note (Jan, 2016) the original deigns had the lettering on the banner incuse (as shown below). I am now seeing some Cabela's tokens where the lettering on the banner is raised. When I went back and checked some tokens I had gotten before, this seems to have started as early as 2013. I will add close-ups of the two types of lettering when I have time.
Common "obverse" design.
Page of "reverse" designs.
List of Cabela's stores in USA (from company web page Jan 2012), known tokens are noted. If anyone knows the years various stores opened, please let me know (pineconeforge(at)gmail.com) and I'll add the dates here. I have not had the opportunity to measure all of the tokens, but all are believed to be 25mm in diameter and made of a yellow brass/bronze alloy. If you know of any in other sizes or metals, please let me know!
|AK||Anchorage||(no tokens known)||Opening fall 2014|
|AZ||Glendale||side view of elk||25mm||br||FS|
|AR||Rogers||(no tokens known)|
|CO||Grand Junction||(no tokens known)|
|CO||Lone Tree||(no tokens known)||Opening fall 2013|
|CO||Thornton||(no tokens known)||Opening fall 2013|
|CT||East Hartford||Mule deer head||25mm||br||FS|
|DE||Christiana||(no tokens known)||Opening fall 2013|
|ID||Boise||Mule deer head||25mm||br||FS|
|ID||Post Falls||Mule deer head||25mm||br||FS|
|IN||Hammond||Mule deer head||25mm||br||FS|
|IL||Hoffman Estates||Mule deer head||25mm||br||FS|
|KS||Kansas City||Mule deer head||25mm||br||FS|
|KS||Wichita||(no tokens known)|
|KY||Louisville||(no tokens known)||Opening 2013|
|LA||Gonzales||men in barge||25mm||br||FS|
|MI||Dundee||Two bears I||25mm||br||FS||HM mintmark on Rev.|
|MI||Dundee||Two bears II||25mm||br||FS||RWM mintmark on Rev.|
|MI||Grandville||(no tokens known)||Opening 2013|
|MI||Saginaw||(no tokens known)||Opening 2013|
|MN||East Grand Forks||(no tokens known)|
|MN||Owatonna||(no tokens known)|
|MN||Rogers||Mule deer head||25mm||br||FS|
|MO||Hazelwood||side view of deer||25mm||br||FS|
|MT||Billings||(no tokens known)|
|NE||Kearney||(no tokens known)|
|NE||La Vista||2 deer jumping over branch||25mm||br||eBay|
|NE||Sidney||2 deer (elk?)||25mm||br||FS|
|NV||Reno||Mule deer head||25mm||br||FS|
|OH||Columbus||(no tokens known)||Opening 2013|
|OR||Springfield||(no tokens known)|
|PA||Hamburg||Two people in canoe||25mm||br||FS||RWM mintmark on Rev|
|TX||Allen||(no tokens known)|
|TX||Buda||Man on Horse||25mm||br||FS||"Memories"|
|TX||Fort Worth||Cowboy on horse||25mm||br||FS||"Texas Two Step"|
|UT||Lehi||Mule deer head||25mm||br||FS||no mintmark|
|UT||Lehi||Mule deer head||25mm||br||FS||RWM mintmark on Rev.|
|VA||Bristol||(no tokens known)||Opening 2014|
|WA||Lacey||Mule deer head||25mm||br||FS|
|WV||Wheeling||Bear, birds||25mm||br||FS||"Where Eagle's Dare"|
|WI||Green Bay||(no tokens known)||Opening 2013|
|WI||Prairie du Chien||(no tokens known)|
|WI||Richfield||Mule deer head||25mm||br||FS|
List of Cabela's stores in Canada (from company web page Jan 2012), known tokens are noted.
|Alberta||Edmonton||(no tokens known)|
|Manitoba||Winnipeg||(no tokens known)|
|Saskatchewan||Regina||(no tokens known)||Opening fall 2013|
|Saskatchewan||Saskatoon||(no tokens known)|
If you know of any Cabela's tokens not listed here, please let me know: pineconeforge(at)gmail.com. I'm also interested in trading for any Cabela's tokens I don't have. I have extras of several Cabela's tokens, and I'd alsobe happy to trade any of my other extra tokens.
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