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Casino Chip Collecting - Tips on Storing Your Casino Chips

Discussion in 'Poker Chip Advice' started by gmunny, Nov 13, 2006.

  1. gmunny

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    Casino Chip Collecting - Tips on Storing Your Casino Chips

    Hopefully this post will help some newbie chippers (which I still am a newbie, too, but thanks to great sites like this one, the chipboard and tons of others, I'm learning something all the time). One of the first things I realized after starting my collection was how the heck do I organize and store them. Not counting poker chips, I have amassed somehwere in the neighborhood of 40-50 chips in just a few months. I am sure there are many experieced chippers that have thousands of chips! Originally I kept mine in a cardboard chip box and some in these plastic flips the chips just happend to be mailed with. I also had some of my nicer chips in air-tites. It occured to me that this wasn't going to cut it.

    After visiting a few sites, reading a few articles, I made my first big purchase in storage materials from air-tite.com.
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    Carboard Flips
    I decided that most of my chips were going to get stored in Card Board Mylar Flips, the 2.5"x 2.5" size. At first, I didn't even know what these were. Of course I've seen them, just didn't know what they were called! :) The flip is basically a rectangle shape and you fold it over in the middle. They also come in 2"x2", but to me the window was too small. With the larger 2.5" size, you can see the chips really good, including the sides. One thing to note, larger 43mm chips barely fit in the regular window. These were pretty cheap, $4.95 for 100.
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    One thing to note, I don't staple the flips, I use cut up stips of avery folder lables. Every now and then, I like to take my chips out and actually hold them. So thanks to a tip on Tyrus's site (see link below), I decided to tape only the bottoms, which will leave me room to take out the chips on the side. One thing I noticed is that chips left upright in boxes, kind of sag in the flip using this method. The ones in the binder pages, didn't do this, however, probably cause they fit snugly in the pages. If someone has a better method, please let me know.
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    UPDATED 9/07> As far as the window sizes for the 2.5" flip, I used the 44mm or 1.75" for regular sized chips (see right chip below) and the 50mm (2") flip window for larger/oversized chips (left below).
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    To store my flips, I was thinking I would store some in binders and eventually if I accumulated a lot, I'd also put them in storage boxes.

    Vinyl Flips
    I've received many chips in these. These are great for short-term storage, but beware of the PVC in them and don't store chips in them long-term. See my PVC note in the Binder Pages section below.
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    Flip Box
    The flip box is a good idea if you want to store a lot of chips. I'm not sure how many it holds, but it is a lot. It's about the legnth of a shoe box. The only problem with getting 2.5" flips, was you only had one choice on the box. This one was $6.95 for a double row box.
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    Binder Pages
    For the binders, I picked up 12 pocket vinyl pages, which were .60 per page or 25 fpr $11.95. Make sure you get the ones that fit the same size as your flips.
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    After a few months of use, using binder pages is by far the easiest method of looking at your chips. You can look at the front and back of all chips. It's great!

    One note about Binder Pages, I used to have a few chips that store directly in the binder page (i think it had 20 pockets on one page), but I read that if the pages have PVC in them, they can actually ruin a chip if stored for a long time. I guess there can be some color transfer on clay chips. This is one of the reason's I went for the coardboard flip method. If you don't want to buy flips, I think there are non-PVC binder pages available but I'm not sure where to get them.

    Binders
    Also from a tip on Tyrus' site, instead of buying a fancy padded binder, I bought a binder that zipped up. This was so in case a chip did fall out of the page, it didn't fall out of the binder. I thought this was a great idea, especially if you think you are going to travel with it. I bought this one for under $15 at target.
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    Air Tites
    You can basically get the "Direct Fit" or the "Ring Type" air tites. The Ring Type have a styrofoam ring around the outside of the chip and the "Direct Fit" doesn't have a ring. I opted for the "Ring Type" air tites becuase all chip manufactures had slightly different chip diameters, which became really evident after I had a tough time getting one of my chips out of a "direct fit" air tite. I bought white and black rings at .48c per.
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    Air Tite Display Cards and Storage Box
    These are totally unnessary, but they looked cool on the website, so I wanted to check it out. The box was $3.10 and a 5 pack of display cards were $1.20. I got all black cards and one side has a type of velour material on them.
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    Chipbox
    Here's a pic of a chipbox I use to store loose chips.
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    Chip Frame
    You can frame your chips. Make sure to keep out of direct sunlight or else they made fade.
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    Links
    Coin Holders, Coin Supplies, and Collecting Supplies
    See the Casino Chip Supples section

    TyrusRex, Inc.
    A lot of good info on the faq, too.

    CCGTCC.COM - Casino Chip & Gaming Tokens Collectors Club
    See 2005 Buyers Guide to Casino Collectibles on CCGTCC site above.

    There may be other storage solutions, but I think I hit on the main ones.
    Happy Chipping!
     
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  2. Guma

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    This is an awesome thread gmunny! I have started amassing a few chips since I started collection and have been wondering what I should do to start storing and organizing them.

    I have one of the Casino Chip Binders and had no idea the PVC could ruin these chips for long term storage.

    Thanks for the heads up and a great post!

    Happy chipping!:cool:
     
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  3. punk1o1

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    Great thread thanks!
     
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  4. Gaming Ore

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    Most excellent post. Look for this one to become a sticky, or at least linked in the FAQ sticky!!

    Good job. I love to see posts like this in the Collector's Corner.

    Jim (Gaming Ore) Follis
     
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    I agree...great post. It should be stickied, or put in the reviews section, or something!

    Thanks gmunny.
     
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    Very Good post, I'm not so sure about the PVC in the flips. I would think that PVC went out years ago or it should have, like it did in the sports card industry. The one thing I learned about buying supplies is that shipping will normally get to you. A little research on the total bill (product + shipping) is well worth the few minutes. My last purchase was for 5000 2-1/2 flips and 500 pages. With the bill reduction on getting 5000 flips and 500 pages, I thought I got about half of the items for free. I might never use 5000 flips, but on the other hand, if the wife doesn't catch on, one nevers knows

    David
     
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    This Post is flippin fantastic.

    Thanks for the photo documentation and the time and effort!
     
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    Great post. +rep coming your way.

    I have been storing my chips directly in vinyl binder pages. I'll be doing the mylar flip & binder page thing as soon as my order gets here (after I place it today that is :wink: ).

    Ranman
     
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    Great post, and yes it does help. I have around 80 chips that I would like to get squared away. Been wondering what the best way would be. I'll probably do the cardboard flips in a binder.
     
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    Yeah, I'm going to get some flips and pages for the chips that are staying in my collection... great way to show them to others. The traders will stay loose. If they have value, I'll put them into air-tites...

    So who's going to organize the GB for supplies? :wink:
     
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    Great thread, sweet looking pictures.....Excellent information
     
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    Rep-worthy article, G. I've been thinking about moving my collection from their current airtites to a binder; I like your idea of using a zippered binder. I read somewhere about a binder that can hold airtites, I might go for that one. Good job.
     
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  13. gmunny

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    Thanks for all the kind comments and reps! I really appreciate it! :)

    I'm not trying to scare people about the PVC problems, but here is a pic from Tyrus' site:

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    You can read more about it on the link in my original post above.

    Also, rather timely, there was a thread today about it on the chipboard here:

    http://www.thechipboard.com/cgi-bin/tcbarc16/tcbarc16.pl?read=566102

    Someone had some bleed. Other don't. My opinion is that you can never be too careful with your babies! :laugh:
     
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    But no trouble with the clear mylar?
     
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    Great post! Storage solutions for collections are THE question for many collectors. You seemed to have the major types represented.
    :)
     
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    Good lead G, thanks.

    Hackc, isn't this the binder you had at the MTPL game? I was thinking of getting that one based on seeing yours, but now I think I'll go with the Target binder and flips idea from G:

    http://www.thechipboard.com/cgi-bin/tcb/tcb.pl?frames;read=566193
     
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    Excellent post! I've been collecting and storing chips for five years and am seriously re-thinking my current setup thanks to your post.
     
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    G, I meant to ask you: how many pages can your binder hold?
     
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    Excellent post thanks for the info.

    Just one question:

    EXACTLY where in your house do you store all your chips and what is your address:happy: :happy: :happy:
     
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    Awesome Post gmunny =)
     
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