Personal Chips & Trading
Manufacturer: Several companies are available to make Personal chips! A few are ChipCo, Blue Chip Co., ASM, and others!
Retailer(s): If you can get custom chips made then you can get Personal chips made. Some retailers are as follows, but not limited to:
And these are just a few! Note: I’m not endorsing one company over the other. I have only listed a few examples of companies that can make personal chips. There are other companies not listed here that make personal chips!
Average Price: Prices can vary greatly depending on quantity, company, and design. On average, 100 custom chips can cost anywhere from just over $100 to $200.
Material: Personal chips can be made on ceramic, plastic, and clay chips.
• Fun to trade
• Establishes camaraderie with others in the hobby
• Great way to express yourself through your designs
• Helps “put your name out” to others
• Postage can be costly sending out several chips
• May be habit forming
The purpose of this article is to promote ChipTalkers to start having personal chips made for trading. Some ChipTalk members already have and trade personal chips. After reading the information provided, i hope you will think of adding 100 personal chips to that next custom set you order and join in the fun!
Personal chips (here on out referred to as “PCs”) have been around for years. Some have made PCs for home poker sets. CC>CC members have been having PCs made since the beginning of the clubs existence. Some casino chip dealers were using PCs as business cards. Some had phone numbers and what they collected or sold on the chips. PCs have been used as fund raisers as well.
Examples of chip dealer "business card" PCs
When I first joined the CC>CC, several members were trading PCs. Even though I didn’t have a PC made yet, a member of the CC>CC sent me my first PC anyway! Being new to the CC>CC at the time, getting this PC made me feel welcome to the chip collecting hobby. After seeing so many peoples new PCs and all the trading that was happening, I decided to have my first PC made. I had my first PC made by ChipCo through Debra Meister, who also designed the chip. It wasn’t long before they were all traded! Through trading PCs, I made several new friends in the hobby. I later designed my own PCs and used other companies. I have had PCs made on dice & cards mold, web mold, and flame mold. PCs can be hot stamped chips as well. To date, I have given or traded approximately 700 PCs. I once had a PC made for a chip collecting meeting that was given to attendees. I have PCs from friends who have since passed away and they are a great reminder of my friendship with them. One PC was made to raise money for the family of a chip collector after a death in his family.
(left)PC from the late Mike Heron, a true gentleman! (right)Fund raising PC
My first PC(front and back). The C&S chip from the 20s shown below was the inspiration for this chip
So, what to design? PCs usually have your name or initials on them. Some people put their contact information on their chips. Others have what they collect on the chips, for example, “I Collect Florida Chips” or “Wanted: Obsolete Nevada Chips”. Some PCS are made to commemorate events such as a chip collectors meeting or convention. Some designs reflect a collector’s style, a collector who collects cruise ship chips may have some type of ocean or boat design. Whatever you decide, the most important rule is to “HAVE FUN AT THIS HOBBY”! PCs are all about fun and friendship. You do not have to be a CC>CC member to get into PC trading. One idea is to have your ChipTalk name on a PC. Example: "deputyfl on ChipTalk.net". Being that i am a CC>CC member, i like to include my membership number on my PCs.
Personal chips would be a great fun activity for ChipTalk members! ChipTalk has several design artists available. There is also several companies on ChipTalk that make custom chips. Some dealers even have discounts for ChipTalkers!
Examples of ChipTalk members PCs
These are ChipTalk sponsors that can make PCs (listed in order as they appear in ChipTalk's "Market Place" with sponsors ChipTalk name & forum links)
MSPatton HoldemPokerChips.com's forum http://www.chiptalk.net/forum/holdem...ps-com-offers/
Nevada Jack NevadaJacks.net's forum http://www.chiptalk.net/forum/nevadajacks-net-offers/
abcgiftsandawards abcgiftsandawards.com's forum http://www.chiptalk.net/forum/abcgif...ds-com-offers/
palmimports palmimports.com's forum http://www.chiptalk.net/forum/palmimports-com-offers/
Matt MrChip's forum http://www.chiptalk.net/forum/mrchips-offers/
Pokerchiplounge pokerchiplounge.com's forum http://www.chiptalk.net/forum/pokerc...ge-com-offers/
BRProPoker BRProPoker.com's forum http://www.chiptalk.net/forum/brpropoker-com-offers/
Examples of ChipTalkers business card PCs (left) Holdempokerchips (right) ChipTalk's PC
Some PCs are on stock designs. There is a stock design for PCs traded at the CC>CC convention. The stock design is the same except the names and sometimes colors. This type of PC is usually good for dealers and buyers as the price can be sometimes kept down and there is a shorter wait time.
Examples of stock design PC chips
Another option is having a hot stamped PC made. ChipTalk has several people that sell blank chips in the classifieds and some sponsors sell blank chips in their forums. ChipTalk also has a few members who can hot stamp chips. Some companies sell custom hot stamp chips too. The examples below were hot stamped by a ChipTalk member. The web mold chip was purchased from a ChipTalk sponsor.
Below are some examples of PCs. Some are very cheap and other expensive to make. All of them are equally important in my collection! The red ChipCo from Bill Romano was the first PC I ever received.
Below are some examples of PCs from jamby's collection
Examples of specialty PCs from jamby's collection
Examples of business card PCs from Jamby's collection