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Michael Godard 500 chip set, flaming Benjamin case

Discussion in 'Poker Chip Care' started by Droz01, Feb 7, 2015.

  1. Droz01

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    Hello all. I have found someone selling a set of these chips. He doesn't have the limited edition certificate, which I'm fine with, because I want to use them for playing.

    I see a set new for $200 on eBay, $500 on several art studio sites, and the guy is asking $150 but may bargain some on price.

    Does anyone know what the chips are? Is it worth the $150 for the chip quality/case?

    I'd need to drive about 90 minutes each way to get it...
     

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    Couple more pics.
     

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    Welcome to ChipTalk! You are going to get several responses encouraging you not to buy those chips.

    They are all right.

    Artists and designers that put their names on sets of poker chips for some reason do not care at all that they are using the creme de la crap. That set looks to be about 300 chips and chips of that quality are probably worth around 8-10 cents each. If you absolutely love the designer case then they can be worth more than that, but this designer adding a 1000%+ markup on the retail price compared to similar chips.

    You are ONLY buying the designer case, for all intents and purposes.

    EDIT: I see your second post with additional pictures now. Quality-wise, the above still applies, but if you really loved the labels on them, well, you probably aren't going to find something similar. You came to an enthusiasts forum though, and these are chips that would never be marketed to anyone here. The cost is all in the design printed on the case and chip labels. The quality of materials looks pretty low.

    I personally don't think they look that good, but art is often lost on me.
     
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    This was exactly the reply I wanted. I have several sets of subpar chips. I don't need more. I have very simple desires: I want a chip that stacks well and doesn't have an insert.

    The casino at which I play has some clay chips and some that feel plastic, but they stack well. That's alll I want.

    I'm scouring for a good deal too. I know everyone here will know the value of decent chips and won't let them go cheap, which is why I'm looking elsewhere and then posting here with any questions.

    Thanks a ton!
     
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    Get samples of several chips in your budget!

    http://apachepokerchips.com/pharaohs-poker-chips.html
    http://apachepokerchips.com/milano-poker-chips.html
    http://apachepokerchips.com/desert_palms_poker_chips.html

    These three and the Dunes compression molded chips available from Jim at The Chip Room (might have to email him) are probably the most widely available pre-labeled compression molded no-insert Chinese made clay chips. If you are trying to get a set in the ~$150 range, these are probably where to start. Unfortunately it looks like several denominations are out of stock, but you could also try to pick some up second hand.

    If you want a nice set of chips, I would advise getting samples and not making a quick decision. There is a lot out there, even around that budget range.
     
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    I read a few threads about the crumbling/flaking of the chinese Clays. Has that been corrected?
     
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    I have the same case, but not the chips. The case is really nice, definitely a conversation starter.
     
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    Nana has this set. The case truly is unique and beautiful. It's been years since I opened the case at her house. If she sees this and has the time, maybe she can give some opinions.
     
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    I passed on the set. It might still be available. It was on Craigslist in the chicago area.

    It's hard enough convincing the wife I need one set of chips, no way I could convince her for two and those chips didn't look like they'd be good for my one and only set.
     
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    Yes, I do have this set, have had it for a few years now. I purchased it mainly for the case, as Ten said, it is a good looking and unique looking case. Honestly though, I don't even remember what the chips look like, as the case hasn't been opened in the last several years, and the chips probably never used. But, tomorrow I will check them out, as I am now curious about them myself. :)
     
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    I have two of the cases and bought them the first time they were offered for sale on Chiptalk. I really liked the design. I pulled one out of the box to look at it and then put it away into storage. I liked it so much I didn't want to risk using it. :)
     
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    Trmoiied to open my case, but could not get it open. The latches are like frozen, so could not check out the chips. :sorry:
     
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    'Tried'
     
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    ahh.. I misread the post. My cases were sans chips.
     
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    Sorry this made me laugh out loud. :)
     
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    I had to build a table from scratch before shed even consider me needing chips.

    Table top is nice, rail is rough looking. Impossible to get that thing even man.

    But now I have a table and I'm looking for chips :)
     
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