BCC Protege Megaset (Primary, Supplemental, Limit, NL, Cash, Tourney, Cali Colors ND Cash) (1 Viewer)

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This upcoming Monday will mark 11 years since I ordered the 10-Chip Protege Clay Poker Chip Sample from Sidepot, so I figure it's about time that I posted some pics. When I first started chipping, I immediately admired the Protégé set. @EmptyPocs and @DrJohn had some outstanding pictures of their sets posted to Chiptalk, and I think most of those pics have also made it to PCF by now. I like the C&S mold, I like the Protégé design, I like the colors, I love the shaped inlays, and it has almost any denomination you could want. There were some barriers to starting a Protégé set though. There are a staggering number of variants, which @Joe Harris created a resource to track. The other issue was cost. New chips from Sidepot cost $1.39, although those who pre-ordered received slightly better pricing. That may not seem extravagant by today's standards, but allow me to put that in perspective. 10+ years ago, you could purchase a rack of mint, leaded, shaped-inlay THC Empress $5s for $60 on eBay.

Due to the then-high cost of new chips, I acquired almost all of my set on the secondary market. A day or two after receiving the 10 chip sample from Sidepot, I decided to purchase the set of supplemental denominations that @EmptyPocs had for sale. This was my first BCC set, and my first big chip purchase. @EmptyPocs could tell I was nervous about shipping such a significant value in chips, and put my mind at ease by telling me, and I quote:

this is a pretty routine shipment for here :)

Little did I know how routine it would become...

Over the next several years, I purchased a handful of sets on the CT and eventually PCF classifieds. At first my focus was on a cash set, and I tried to match the inlay style of the supplemental chips. Along the way I picked up some non-denomination chips from @EmptyPocs, some 25k and 100k chips from @Mango, and miscellaneous racks, cash sets, and tournament sets. I eventually got reasonably close to matching chips for my NL cash and tourney sets, although the $5 and $5k chips are still from a handful of variants. As is often the case with me, I didn't set out with the intent of creating limit sets, but somehow I accumulated enough chips for a few limit configurations if I'm willing to ignore mismatched variants. 10 years ago I would not have tolerated mixing variants, but it doesn't bother me so much anymore. If a casino or cardroom can use chips from different orders at the same time, why shouldn't I? The one exception is the oversized diameter chips. I will not have chips of different diameters for the same denomination in play at the same time.

This is probably far too much text for a showcase thread, but if you're interested in learning more about the Protégé set (and seeing some more pics!) you can check out The Protégé Thread in the Collector's Corner. Now on to the pics!

First up is my NL cash set. This is the set that I originally set out to build, and the $20 was critical to avoid re-using the $25 in cash and tournament sets. There are at least three variants of $5s in there, although only two variants are visible in the pic:

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Next up is my 50c/$1 limit set. I didn't set out to build this set, but I actually really like it. With more quarters I could even expand it to $1/$2 limit.

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I also have a $2/$4 limit set. I accidentally left two racks of $1s out of the pictures, but they still get the point across. I can use the $20 as the value chip if I really want to have a denomination on there, but I like it better with the orange ND chip:

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I also have a $5/$10 limit set that could work for a short handed game. I'd love to add more $2.5 chips, but those things are hard to come by. @EmptyPocs was the only person with the foresight to preorder a significant quantity of them, and I was lucky enough to pick most of these up as part of my first real Protégé purchase:

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This brings me to my supplemental cash set. 10+ years ago, bright colors weren't quite as popular as they are today, as evidenced by the design of the primary Protégé chips. The supplemental chips, on the other hand, openly embraced bright colors. Well, other than the $2, which isn't pictured here. I have some, but they don't really fit in anywhere. I prefer the $2.5 chip:

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That's it for the denominated cash sets. Now it's on to the tournament sets. First up is a two table T10k set. I have enough chips to support additional tables, but that would require using the $5k chip. The $5k chip looks fine on its own, but I really don't like it as the highest value in the primary tournament set. Maybe someday I'll get some $5k plaques or something:

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I don't like the $5k in the T10k set, but I really like it in the high denomination tournament set:

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Three denominations is somewhat less than ideal for a tournament set, so I picked up some 500k plaques:

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That covers the tournament sets, which brings us to my final set. I live in California, and I really like chip sets that use California colors. The denominated Protégé set may use standard Vegas colors, but I was able to piece together an almost functional California color non-denomination Protégé set. The ND white chips can be used as dimes, the ND red chips as quarters, the ND blue chips as $1s, and the ND black chips as $20s. I only have one rack of ND blue chips, but since the denominated blue chips are $1 I could easily mix those in. I only have a barrel of the ND black chips. @Joe Harris is the only other person that I know of who has any quantity of ND black chips; those things have wound up being harder to find than the $2.50 chips. California sets typically use yellow for the $5s. Although the ND orange Protégé chips look like arc yellow, I've always considered arc yellow to be much more of an orange than a yellow, and less than ideal for a California $5. When I reluctantly went to Sidepot in 2013 (after BCC had closed up shop) to purchase their remaining stock of ND orange chips to use as my California $5, I was stoked to receive this email response:

We do have 400 of a NCV yellow/gold Protege chip that we could send you. We only have about qty 5 of the Orange chips left.

Please let me know if you want me to send you the gold ones?

For fans of the Protégé line, I would like to apologize for this slow roll nine years in the making. I now present my ND California Cash Protégé set:

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This post is my first attempt at using my camera properly, and I'd like to thank @Irish, @toothpic, @Eriks, and @Joe Harris for giving me some tips on how to take a photo. I even created an imgur account to be able to post less-compressed images. I didn't dare attempt any artistic shots, but here's a splashed pot pic to close out the post:

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Love it! Finally the full collection is unveiled and it's a glorious one at that.
 
Wow! So that’s where they all are!!! Holy snot.

I was around when these were available. I didn’t know what was going on back then.

I remember thinking they were expensive too :) haha.

My line of thought was… “if I could spend that type of money, it better be on some minty paulsons” even though I liked these arguably better, something held me back because they weren’t from a casino… what a fail!

I was busy scraping the floor for solids…. Still am :)
 
One of my white buffalo. What dreams are made of. Beautiful sets.
 
ND California Cash Protégé set:
As a cali set guy myself I have dreamed of cali protege set (with the arc chips as $5s and $500s as $25) since the beginning. I'd love to see more pics of these NCV. Is it the same yellow as 1k?
 
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As much as I regret my custom BCC set from ages ago (very long story, but available to those who really want to know) when Mike Endy and the crew at BCC got things right, hot damn they got it right!!

Spectacular chips, and a whole bunch of them too! :love:


So, when and where are you hosting a meat-up that will feature these? :tup::tup:

Thanks for sharing these great photos!
 

I wasn't sure what to expect in the mail. At the time I hoped that BCC had accidentally put some non-denomination inlays on the $1k chip, but what I received worked out nicely too.

As a cali set guy myself I have dreamed of cali protege set (with the arc chips as $5s and $500s as $25) since the beginning. I'd love to see more pics of these NCV. Is it the same yellow as 1k?

I wish they hadn't stopped at the $100 chip when making non-denominated supplemental chips. The purple $500 would make a great $25, and the yellow $1k would be a solid $5. However, there was barely enough preorder interest to even make the supplemental chips happen, so I guess we're lucky they got made at all. That pic is the first pic I took of the "yellow/gold" chips, but I plan to take more when I find the time.

The "yellow/gold" chips are definitely a different color than any variety of the canary yellow $1k chip I've seen. I shot the pics above indoors using indirect sunlight and RAW mode on a T3i. I loaded the RAW files in darktable and adjusted the color temperature to the preset for shade. It was cloudy for most of the pics, and most of the pics look underexposed and grainy to me. However, the colors seem fairly accurate on my IPS monitor, which was supposedly calibrated to D65 under BT.709. I know monitors will vary, but it should be a reasonable approximation of the color.

I took a look at my other BCC chips, and the "yellow/gold" chips seem to be their own color. I didn't have daylight for the following pics, but I think they're still useful for color comparison when using flash. The chip isn't a good match for any of the shades of the $1k chip that I've seen. The differences seen here stand out more in person:

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It's also not a good match for any of my BCC color samples or BCC sample sets:

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I sometimes find it interesting to throw chips under a UV light when taking a close look at colors. The chip fluoresces yellow:

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Overall, the color looks like something you might wind up with if you mixed Saturn yellow and gold, so "yellow/gold" seems like an apt description to me.

So, when and where are you hosting a meat-up that will feature these? :tup::tup:

Ballpark estimate, in 10-15 years, somewhere in Northern California ;)

But seriously, once I am able to make it to a meetup within driving distance, I will definitely offer to bring chips.
 

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But seriously, once I am able to make it to a meetup within driving distance, I will definitely offer to bring chips.

That is settled then…
See you in Colorado, Dallas and/or Philly ;)

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I wasn't sure what to expect in the mail. At the time I hoped that BCC had accidentally put some non-denomination inlays on the $1k chip, but what I received worked out nicely too.



I wish they hadn't stopped at the $100 chip when making non-denominated supplemental chips. The purple $500 would make a great $25, and the yellow $1k would be a solid $5. However, there was barely enough preorder interest to even make the supplemental chips happen, so I guess we're lucky they got made at all. That pic is the first pic I took of the "yellow/gold" chips, but I plan to take more when I find the time.

The "yellow/gold" chips are definitely a different color than any variety of the canary yellow $1k chip I've seen. I shot the pics above indoors using indirect sunlight and RAW mode on a T3i. I loaded the RAW files in darktable and adjusted the color temperature to the preset for shade. It was cloudy for most of the pics, and most of the pics look underexposed and grainy to me. However, the colors seem fairly accurate on my IPS monitor, which was supposedly calibrated to D65 under BT.709. I know monitors will vary, but it should be a reasonable approximation of the color.

I took a look at my other BCC chips, and the "yellow/gold" chips seem to be their own color. I didn't have daylight for the following pics, but I think they're still useful for color comparison when using flash. The chip isn't a good match for any of the shades of the $1k chip that I've seen. The differences seen here stand out more in person:

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The yellow/gold chip looks like a batch where the $10/$1000 got mixed together.
 
I've learned a little bit more about taking pictures over the course of the year. One thing I learned right after taking the pics of the Protégé set is that cameras don't magically know when they're on a tripod shooting a stationary target. As a result, the automatic settings I used dialed the ISO way up instead of using slower shutter speeds. That's why the pics in the OP are noisy when you zoom in. I think I got better results below by manually setting the aperture and ISO and letting the camera determine the shutter speed. Maybe someday I'll be good enough to adjust the shutter speed on my own as well, but for now the camera's judgement is fine by me.

The Protégé set was designed as part of a competition on Chiptalk, and the original ("primary") lineup consists of 25c, $1, $5, $25, $100, $500, $1k, $5k, and the orange or arc yellow non-denominated chips. They're pretty standard fare, and use somewhat subdued colors. There were multiple production runs of the primary chips while BCC was in business. There was also a supplemental set made, and as far as I can tell there was only one production run of the supplemental chips. The supplemental chips are the 5c, 10c, 50c, $2, $2.5, $10, $20, $50, $25k, $100k, non-denominated white, non-denominated blue, non-denominated red, non-denominated green, and non-denominated black chips. They generally use significantly brighter colors than the primary lineup. That's nine chips in the primary set and 15 in the supplemental offering. I'm pretty sure I can only upload 20 photos in a single post, so here are all of the denominated chips and the primary non-denominated chips including my "error" rack of yellow-ish non-denominated chips.

The Protégé nickels are a fine chip for a nickel. They're basic, but they work.
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The dimes are absolutely radioactive, and I love it.
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The quarters are a basic quarter that fits in well with the rest of the primary set.
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The 50c chips work nicely with the rest of the supplemental lineup.
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The $1s are basic, but I like them.
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The $2s are an odd chip in the lineup. They're subdued compared to the rest of the supplemental lineup. The saturation of the print on the inlay is all over the place.
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The $2.50 chips do not have saturation issues on the inlay printing. They are all fire.
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The $5s are another conservative offering.
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The $10s use the same chip design as the non-denominated primaries, but with a different shaped inlay.
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The colors on the $20s remind me of a $20 bill.
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The $25s are yet another pretty standard chip.
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$50 may be an odd denomination for a chip, but I would love to have enough $2.50 chips to play limit and use these as the value chip.
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The $100s are a pretty standard offering for a $100, although that olive green looks amazing if you see it in sunlight. If you own a Protégé $100 and haven't seen it in daylight yet, I recommend that you look at one in the shade outside someday to see what I'm talking about.
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I like the spot pattern on the $500. The orange edgespot is another one that really glows in indirect sunlight.
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The $1k look nice as well.
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The $5k is a bit of a letdown for the highest value chip in the primary offering. Thankfully, it works well with the higher denomination supplemental chips.
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The $25k chip is nice looking, and the oversized inlay actually works well enough on the C&S mold.
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The $100k is a nice looking flag chip.
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The original run of the non-denominated primary chips did not align the inlay printing with the shaped inlay and the shaped inlay was not aligned with the edgespots. It's not a particularly good look. The later versions aligned the printing with the shaped inlay and the shaped inlay with the edgespots, and look much better. Unfortunately, the later version also uses a slightly less bright orange or arc yellow. Somewhere in-between the original and later production runs these got made with the brighter clay, aligned printing/shaped inlay/edgespots, and used orange for the inlay printing instead of black. I like them, even though they're slightly over diameter compared to "normal" Protégé chips.
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Finally, here are my one-off yellow/gold non-denominated chips. They don't exactly glow in indirect sunlight, but I definitely prefer their look in natural light as opposed to interior lighting.
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Not pictured are the supplemental non-denominated chips. The supplemental non-denominated chips use the same clay as the quarters, $1s, $5s, $25s, and $100s. The white chips received a shaped inlay for the non-denominated supplemental offering, and the blue chips were supposed to get a new sawtooth shaped inlay but that didn't happen.

I can't think of another non-custom clay offering that offers more flexibility in terms of denominations. The C&S is a great mold, and this is one of the only sets I know of that BCC produced with shaped inlays. This was the set that I graduated to after using '05 CDI chips on the Paulson mold, and I've been completely happy with the upgrade.
 

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