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ABC Custom Poker Chips Sample Sets Now Available!

Discussion in 'ABCGiftsAndAwards.com Forum' started by abcgiftsandawards, Jul 6, 2006.

  1. abcgiftsandawards

    abcgiftsandawards Well-Known Member

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    ABC Custom Poker Chips Sample Set Now Available! [​IMG]

    Now available is our 10 chip sample set of our ABC Custom Chips - $11.95, free US shipping (Canada +$1, Australia & UK +$4, California add 7.375% sales tax). Sample set will include a range of chips, including 5 textured faced chips and 5 smooth faced chips. We will include various types of artwork including photos, text, edge stripes, and text edges.

    To purchase, please visit:
    http://www.abcgiftsandawards.com/pokerchipsample.htm
    Thank you,
    Gene​
     
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  2. jello-broom

    jello-broom Well-Known Member

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    Cool! ... I want to pick up some of the Rabbit Hunting and Bounty chips, but am not sure as to whether I want the smooth or textured finishes ... I was going to go ahead and buy one with the smooth and the other with the texture ... now I don't know if I should just go ahead and get the sample pack before deciding what to do ...
     
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  3. abcgiftsandawards

    abcgiftsandawards Well-Known Member

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    It looks like more options created more of a dilemma for you! :)

    Thanks,
    Gene
    http://www.abcgiftsandawards.com

     
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    Textured, w/o a doubt. I have 150 of them and everyone I play cards with loves them! No loss of detail whatsoever.

    Gene does a fantastic job with these. You'll luv 'em.
     
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  5. H4tfan

    H4tfan Silver Sponsor

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    I recieved a sample set yesterday. I really like 'em, in fact I beat the living tar out of 'em to see them at their worst. - now I really, really like 'em. They are strong and well made. I'll place an order in the near future - current plans are 1,300/smooth. ABC ceramics = A+.
     
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    abcgiftsandawards Well-Known Member

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    Hi H4tfan-

    Thank you for the follow-up. Just out of curiosity, what did you do to the chips to test them?

    After reading a post about a guy who "spiked" a chip, I decided to do the same thing on a cement floor. Depending on how the chip hit the floor, the results ranged from no damage at all, to chipped edges. Most spikes resulted in chipping of the edges. I even managed to get some of them to bounce up high enough to catch! I thought this was an "extreme" test for the chips, but I remember a more extreme one...

    A couple years ago I had a customer tell me he was going to "test" the durability of our chips, including taking a dremel to them. I'm not sure why anyone would need chips that could stand up to a dremel, but he didn't buy any so I guess they weren't indestructible enough for him! :) I can just imagine a bunch of this guy's friends show up to play poker, and they bring their dremels with them. A couple bad beats into the game, and everyone's weilding dremels and tearing up his chips! :-o I think I'd be looking for new friends instead of indestructible chips!

    Thanks,
    Gene

     
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  7. jello-broom

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    The arrival of my sample set didn't really help me choose between a smooth or textured chip like I thought it would ... the smooth ones definitely have sharper graphics, but it's VERY subtle and it's NOT that much different than the textured (in graphic quality).

    The only ceramic chips I have experience with are Chipcos (home and casino chips) ... the ABC ceramics definitely don't feel like Chipcos, I noticed that immediately upon handling them ... they feel more like a cheap plastic (noticeably the rolling edges), comparable to Chipco's Unicorn chips ... but with that being said, it wouldn't detour me from possibly getting a custom set in the future.
     
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  8. abcgiftsandawards

    abcgiftsandawards Well-Known Member

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    It's interesting how people get different opinions...I suppose that's why everyone says "get samples"!

    I went to an Indian casino on Sunday and brought some of our chips with me. The casino uses Chipco chips. I asked several people to compare my chips with the casino's, and they all thought the smooth chips were the same as the casino's chips, and they didn't care for the textured chips because they were different. Each one of them either asked if I made the casino's chips, or mentioned how easy it would be to counterfeit them (obviously I'd never even consider doing that - prison is no place for me!) Of course, I don't think any of them are anywhere near the chip experts here, but that was their impression of the chips! :)

    Thanks,
    Gene

     
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  9. Spaceman Spiff

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    I got my samples yesterday and I'll echo what jello said, the difference between smooth and textured as far as graphic quality isn't that much and both of them blow away the graphic quality of a NJ.

    But I also agree that they don't feel like Chipcos. I need to weigh some up (got the handy dandy gram scale for the kitchen now!), but my sense is that they are lighter than Chipcos. And I feel like I can feel a bit of a lip from the rolling edge that I don't feel on my Egyptians. Not a big deal, but just something that I noticed.
     
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    Good idea...my postage scale does grams...I took a stack of 10 textured chips and 10 smooth chips. The 10 textured chips came up to 102 grams, and the 10 smooth chips were 98 grams.

    Thanks,
    Gene

     
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    My test was focused on the possible wear-n-tear over time. I wanted to have an idea of how long these chips could last before I made a purchase. My theory is: 99% of the chip's wear is from other chips. So I test 'em;

    TEST #1;
    - I put the sample set into an empty oil filter box, sealed it and juggled for 1/2 hour.
    - Looking at the chips: Rolling ends are fine, Edges are fine, Faces show some wear. The only noticeable markings are on the faces of the smooth chips. When looking directly at the face I don't see it, but when looking from a hard angle I can see 'slide marks'(I see these marks on my used casino Chipco's). No big deal.

    After Test #1 if feel the textured chip is the way to go. I decide to take this a step further;

    Test #2;
    - Back into the oil filter box. This time I play handball with it. I pounded the box from hand to hand and then to the floor. I'd slam it up and as it fell I'd slam it to the floor - over and over. I don't know how long I did this my focus was on breaking the chips.
    - Looking at the chips: When I emptied the box I saw some particles(small ones, very few). No breaks, A few chipped corners, Color transfer(only the white faces), Dents(only the textured faces), Scratches(on the faces), The rolling ends are fine.

    After Test #2 if feel the smooth chip is the way to go.

    As I'm typing this I'm thinking I should post a reveiw with pictures. -I will. I performed 2 more tests for strength and they faired well. Textured vs. Smooth: I choose smooth because they did not dent. The chips aren't Chipco's, but do I feel the ABC chip is a very good alternative.
     
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    I'm sure that must be true. Thanks for the review. Looking forward to pics
     
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    And yet another selling point...if you aren't feeling like playing poker, start up a game of oil filter box handball! :happy: I better not tell my kids about this one, because they'll surely want to play. I think I better let my 5 year old (the blue tongued one in the samples) stick to playing "smoosh the empty box". You should see his eyes light up when I tell him I have a box that I don't need! :)

    Thanks for the info H4tfan, and for the rigorous testing!

    Thanks,
    Gene

     
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    OK, my quick measurements. My scale only has resolution to 1g, so it will have to do, but I think it's good enough.

    My ABC sample set of 10: 99g
    10 $1 Chipco Egyptians: 106g

    So there is a difference, but I honestly don't believe I could pick a half a gram for one or probably even 7g for a stack of 10 if I were to test them blind.

    As far as chip thickness, by eye they look identical and the stacks of 10 are essentially dead even as far as I can tell.

    The sound is a little different. There almost seems to be more of a clay type "clack" instead of the "clink" of Chipcos. Maybe not a good description as you're not going to mistake them for Paulsons, but it does seem to be a lower pitch. But without measurement ability, this could just be my mind filling in differences again like it did with the weight.

    I really like the ABCs, graphics are top notch, but that rolling edge has me still a little hesitant. Some of them look really good, but some of my samples look very glossy and plasticy. And all of them have the lip as the rolling edge crosses the face that the Chipcos don't have. It's just one of those things that's bugging me and I'm not sure why because in play I doubt you'd ever notice it. All in all though, for the price and the customization options, I think these are a great deal. As much as I do like the Chipcos better, I don't know if I like them THAT much better to justify a much higher price.

    EDIT: I had a few more samples nearby including some NJs and they have that kind of hanging lip as well. Taking a closer look at the edges of the ABCs and the Chipcos, I wonder if it might be more edge shape that I'm feeling. The ABCs are very square while the Chipcos have a more rounded edge. I'm not sure if that's from wear or just from design, but I wonder if this lip I'm feeling on the ABCs wouldn't mellow out with some wear.
     
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    Not all Chipcos are the same ... SOME Chipcos have squared off edges, while others have more pronounced rounded corners ... regardless of the amount of usage on the chip (different batches ... and dependent on the type of face finish I guess).
     
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    Cool, I wasn't aware of that. Other than a few samples here and there, the Egyptians are the only Chipcos I've used. They definitely have pronounced rounded corners.
     
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    Sample set arrived today - Thanks Gene.
     
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    You're welcome!

    Thanks,
    Gene
     
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    I would like to order a sample set but I live in Germany and I see that the international shipping options on your page only include UK/Australia. I can't image Germany would cost more than Australia. Would you be willing to ship a sample set here?

    Jason
     
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    Just got my samples yesterday... in a word.. WOW.

    To anyone who has not seen Gene's chips yet, you should. And now that you can get the World Player's club chips.. it was cool to see them in person. Thanks Gene for getting them to all the way up here in the arctic!!
     
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