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Happy Days Casino $500 chip

Discussion in 'Custom Chips' started by potsie1, Aug 19, 2015.

  1. potsie1

    potsie1 Well-Known Member

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    Hey everyone,
    Just wanted to share a project I'm working on and interested in feedback and perhaps even some direction. I own about 3300 Happy Days Casino chipco chips from Lakewood Wa. and absolutely love the brilliant colors and chip design. I use them on my craps table, blackjack table but find them a little difficult to use for a tournament because they only made chips from $1 to $100. Many times playing craps with the family we would wipe the $100 chips. I never realized the great manufacturers here could actually make any chip if you could supply the image.
    At the same time my brother does graphic design for nike and independently. Hes the most talented artist I have ever seen(yes im biased). Anyhow I put 2 and 2 together and have been working with my brother on creating the $500 chip. GOCC which I have had great experiences with wouldnt do the chip. When I contacted PGI I was contacted by Joe who so far has been awesome to work with. They are more than willing to make the chip. The issue lies in the fact that they need an AI file from scratch. In working with my brother he says that to create it from scratch and to use the chipco specific colors would take so many hours that it wouldnt be worth it. He created a photoshop test image that ill include below. It isnt finished as we need to change up the edgespot desing and do the backside.
    Joe said he can take the photoshop and I believe turn the linework and make an ai file that we would only need to change the colors on to match chipco colors. I have no idea how long that will take. My biggest worry is watching the project get so expensive I cant afford it. At only 65 cents a chip the price to make the chips I think is incredibly good. Its the final cost of getting the image right Im worried about.
    So two questions. 1. What do you think of the project? Is it worthwhile? Am I crazy? and 2. What do you think about how we are looking into having the chip made? Are there other ways you have found that would be better?
    Thank you all for your time.

    PS: what is the value of a 1000 count chip set of paulson native american indian chiefs almost mint?
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    atomiktoaster Well-Known Member

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    It's tough, but doable I think. I've seen @Gear-X match labels that were around this level of detail. Getting the vectorizing done is step one. The color match may be even tougher. I think you'll need a color wheel sample from PGI and possibly a prototype run. With a 3300 chip set, I think you have enough reason to invest in these though. Keep us posted.

    Wild guess on the Indian Chiefs is $1500, with a width margin for error.
     
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    potsie1 Well-Known Member

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    Yap got it. Joe sent that to me. I would be willing to invest a million hours unfortunately my brother has both the talent and the program. Not sure if I could do the color or if that is a complicated part. Time isnt my problem if it doesnt require much knowledge. If adding the color takes a ton of technical knowledge im in trouble. :) Joe said for $50 a side he could do the vectoring on the photoshop image and make it an ai file and we could just change the colors. thank you for your time. I love this site. wish i posted more.
     
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    If you have the time, Inkscape is free. I used it to vectorize the Garden City art for dealer buttons as an amateur.

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    You'll need to use Illustrator to open the resulting .svg file and do the color matching in CMYK space though. Inkscape doesn't really do native CYMK (though there is a built-in conversion from RGB). It's not too technical, but you'll need good eyeballs to pick the right values for the gradient stops based on your color wheels and the existing chips.
     
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    I love those happy days chips,was tempted to buy some on eBay other day.
     
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    potsie1 Well-Known Member

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    Yah no kidding. Id love to pick up a bunch more as well. The price on the 500 chip set just seems steep for well worn chipcos. That set on ebay has been listed for over a year and no takers. If the price was lower id bite. Hats off to atomiktoaster that dealer button is beyond amazing!! Now Ill have to get a dealer button to go with my happy days chips...oh boy!!!
     
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    Not to thread jack but why did GOCC not take the project. I was looking at having some PNY DBs made by them. Now I wonder if they will take my project.
     
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    Chip looks awesome BTW!
     
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    potsie1 Well-Known Member

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    The issue gocc had was using the artwork. They would make me a happy days casino chip but it couldnt even be similiar to the others. Pgi said if the casino was defunct they were fine with me using the artwork. So for example gocc wouldnt produce the really cool dealer button atomiktoaster madr if it resembled the original artwork. I can certainly understand their reasoning. They wete nice about it at least.
     
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    Did they specify buttons, or are you drawing your own extension from their policy on chips?
     
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    I never asked about buttons so I cant say for sure. When I asked about the chip they said no because they cant use the artwork. I then followed up by asking if I could do matching plaques. They said no it cant even be similiar. I will post the actual text when I get home tonight. Again I had a great experience with my previous purchase.
     
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    If it's plaques and chips, buttons probably won't work (though PNYs were never live).
     
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    me
    Erica
    What would it cost to make 250 count of a happy days casino chip in purple $500? The casino closed on 2011 and they nevet made a 500 chip. Is this possible?
    Jim

    gocc
    Good morning Jim,
    Unfortunately we are not able to use their artwork even if they are closed.
    Erica

    me
    Ok fair enough. My brother does graphic design for nike. What if we use our own design? Can you put happy days casino on it? We would do plaques instead of chips. I wouldnt want a chip thats different but a plaque would work. What are order minimums for the different plaques as this is for my home gameroom?
    Thanks
    Jim

    gocc
    Hi Jim,
    As long as the design is not similar to the original chips we should not have a problem. The text “Happy Days Casino” is fine to use but cannot share a resemblance to the original logo. In regards to the plaques, there is a 30 piece minimum. You can find the different styles and sizes at http://www.gameonchipcompany.com/Chips/Plaques.aspx.
    Thank you ,
    Erica

    You can see how polite and friendly they are. Unfortunately they just cant do it. Great to deal with otherwise.

    Heres Joe from PGI

    me
    Hi
    I was wondering if you are able to make this chip from a closed casino from 2011? They never produced a $500 and I would really like one for my home game. Is this possible? Its a ceramic chipco and I would want a purple $500 denomination.
    Thanks,
    Jim

    PGI
    as long as its a defunct casino we should be ok
    Joe


    Joe has been awesome to work with. Its taking me a long time to get a photo to them. Still havent finished yet. I am excited to see where this goes. Once the linework and color is done it will be so incredibly easy to change it to a .25 cent and .50 cent chip. Im thinking orange and teal. :) Im getting excited just typing this!!
     
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    potsie1 Well-Known Member

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    Just a quick update. My prototypes will be here monday. Once everything is complete I plan on making a new thread to show off the chips and sing Salvatores praises at OWPS. Heres where were at. I would appreciate any feedback on edgespot progressions and and design issues you see.
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