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Chip Collection Basics?

Discussion in 'Chip Collector General' started by atomiktoaster, Jan 9, 2015.

  1. atomiktoaster

    atomiktoaster Well-Known Member

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    Obviously most of the members here focus on playable sets of chips, but inevitably we pick up samples or other small quantities of chips. What are the basics for a comprehensive general poker chip collection (rather than one with a coherent theme)? Here's my suggestions:
    • A complete casino sample set, with all denoms
    • Both mint and used chips
    • A 43mm chip
    • Paulson, BCC, ASM/CPC, Bud Jones and TRK chips
    • Some live casino chips
    Anything you would add? The only thing I'm missing off that list is a TRK.

    EDIT: Restated the question, since it came off as a bit prescriptive.
     
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    A plaque with a lunette, an Octagon chip, and maybe a Silver Stirke.
     
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    What a dull chip world it would be if displays were standardized! Besides, sooner or later, most collectors are forced by logistics to specialize.
     
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    atomiktoaster Well-Known Member

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    Oh, definitely! I'm just talking about things that you'd be surprised somebody would leave out of a general chip collection or overlook, rather than saying they all need to meet some criteria or another.
     
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    Your display should have chips that interest you.

    I take a broader approach. I display pretty much everything:
    - Friends customs samples
    - Chips I've taken from casinos I've visited (the majority of the casino chips I have)
    - Interesting casino chips I bought from others or on ebay.
    - obsolete pre-gpi paulson home market sets

    I've seen others go about it in a different manner...some only collect $1 chips, like k9dr. Others, like guinness, have a display that is $5 casino chips. Abby has a nice collection mostly of friends customs displayed, but I think she has a pretty impressive collection of collectible chips she doesn't display.
     
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    If it's for display, I'd add some matsui, and a few Chipco ceramics. The Hollywood Park lunar new year chips are really cool, too (those metal/plastic jobbies). Various sample sets are nice to collect, too. Whatever floats your boat.

    If you're collecting samples to be able to compare chips and chip quality, you definitely need clays (various), ceramics (various), super diamonds, and yes - dice chips.
     
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    It's very easy to get a very expensive collection in no time at all. Jeff hit on several of the points that I think are practical for most people looking to make a collection and to keep things from getting out of control. Personally, I've done the following, though everything here isn't suggested for all. It's not helped the expense factor... in fact it's probably made it worse in some cases.

    "Played chips", meaning a chip or two from a casino where I have played either poker or whatever. This is easy, just pull a chip from your stack and stash it in your pocket (with exceptions for tournaments). It also serves as a souvenir of a trip. Easy to do and highly recommended for pretty much every chip freak.

    "Themes". In my case, I collected Year of the Dragon chips (specifically ones that I liked rather than being comprehensive). I'm a YotD myself, so there was that going for it.

    "Themes, again". I have a modest collection of poker room drop or rake chips. In an effort to keep things under control, I limited this to Las Vegas only (focusing a collection to a degree helps contain the expense and amount of space the resulting collection takes up).

    "Casinos". You touched on this a bit (complete set with all denoms). I've done this to a degree with the MGM Grand, but threw on the brakes when it came to anything beyond the $100 chip, and the hundos I have are obsolete, from the infamous Bite Nite. Mostly house chips with a few limited editions in there, but otherwise generally focused. A variation would be just limited editions from a casino.

    Where I have truly gone out of control with the casinos theme is with the California Club. It's been closed for over 40 years and there are some chips with only one or two known examples (many of which I keep looking for). This one place has become an obsession for me to the degree I made a custom commemorative set for my own game a couple years back. I have a couple chips in my collection from the California Club that I spent four figures on. I also have an extensive collection of dice from there, as well as other random items too (ever see a book of matches where each "match" is actually a single use lipstick?).

    There are a million ways one can collect chips (and other casino memorabilia). My personal philosophy is more a case of "hey, that looks GREAT" rather than trying to limit myself with a specific set of criteria. I do have a bit of a problem with 'needing' things to be complete so a getting a nice chip or two has resulted in me hunting down the rest of a particular issue or release, but it's always rewarding for me when that final piece falls into the collection. (A current example, I'm desperately looking for a $0.25 and $1 chip from "Pal's Club" to finish out that set).


    Egad, I've been wordy. I guess to answer your question, I have to ask a question back, when you say comprehensive general collection, what are you trying to achieve with this collection? In a way, that may give you your answer.
     
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    As far as what I'm trying to achieve with my collection, I guess there's two aims:

    Provide context for chips in my mixed set with a sample set (though the $1000s can be too pricey for me..)

    Be able to show "what's the deal with poker chips?" to somebody who's not familiar with it. That's the goal I think I had in mind with this thread on "covering the basics". I think a lot of the interest comes from the amount of variation in the chip world, and a collection of chips is a good way to demonstrate what's out there.
     
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