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Could someone please explain to me the history of these chips ? Why they are so valuable ? Thanks.....
 

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My understanding is that they were a private vip order made through a legitimate contact at a casino/cardroom.

They are valuable because other than the boat chips, that hasn’t been done before. These are more of a custom style chip than the boat chips were, as they were designed in the style of a legitimate ship casino type chip.

They are additionally more expensive because they are Cali coloured, which is extremely rare.

They aren’t any more valuable in real terms than any other Paulson chip, its just that we are all such lunatics that they get bid up to outrageous prices because everyone wants to be the first to get something rare.

Super nice chips, but I’d rather chew my own arm off than pay $7 a chip for them. But then I’d feel differently if I had a tonne more disposable income that I do lol.
 

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You know what they say... if it’s been done before, it’ll be done again... hopefully someone does a massive 300k chip order for custom Paulsons... primary and secondary cash, primary and secondary tournament... and sell them at reasonable prices.
 

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Well if there are 300k of them, then the prices shouldn’t be as bad... that whole supply/demand theory... unless people purposely hoard it and drizzle it out.
 

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Well if there are 300k of them, then the prices shouldn’t be as bad... that whole supply/demand theory... unless people purposely hoard it and drizzle it out.
The "free market" does not apply to these scenarios. It is a very tightly controlled economy. A monopoly situation, if you will.
 

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Well if there are 300k of them, then the prices shouldn’t be as bad... that whole supply/demand theory... unless people purposely hoard it and drizzle it out.
Your best bet for a pricing standard would have been the Jack Detroit chips, with the price range between Jim's sale price and the secondary Marketplace / eBay listings.

And, in my objective opinion, Jim's price is not what most would consider "reasonable" -- most experienced chippers understand that Jim leaves a LOT of potential profit on the table during his offerings.
 

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Super nice chips, but I’d rather chew my own arm off than pay $7 a chip for them. But then I’d feel differently if I had a tonne more disposable income that I do lol.
In addition to “feeling differently” if you chewed your arm off, you might have difficulties whenever it’s your turn to deal.

:ROFL: :ROFLMAO:
 

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Your best bet for a pricing standard would have been the Jack Detroit chips, with the price range between Jim's sale price and the secondary Marketplace / eBay listings.

And, in my objective opinion, Jim's price is not what most would consider "reasonable" -- most experienced chippers understand that Jim leaves a LOT of potential profit on the table during his offerings.
I think he's pretty reasonable. Those fives started at 1.49 each which has become obviously a steal. The higher denoms, maybe not, but anything under the 500 chip was a deal IMO.
 

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My understanding is that they were a private vip order made through a legitimate contact at a casino/cardroom.

They are valuable because other than the boat chips, that hasn’t been done before. These are more of a custom style chip than the boat chips were, as they were designed in the style of a legitimate ship casino type chip.

They are additionally more expensive because they are Cali coloured, which is extremely rare.

They aren’t any more valuable in real terms than any other Paulson chip, its just that we are all such lunatics that they get bid up to outrageous prices because everyone wants to be the first to get something rare.

Super nice chips, but I’d rather chew my own arm off than pay $7 a chip for them. But then I’d feel differently if I had a tonne more disposable income that I do lol.
So would it be reasonable to assume that if someone who owned a poker room decided to order custom chips via GPI, they could?
 
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My understanding is that they were a private vip order made through a legitimate contact at a casino/cardroom.

They are valuable because other than the boat chips, that hasn’t been done before. These are more of a custom style chip than the boat chips were, as they were designed in the style of a legitimate ship casino type chip.

They are additionally more expensive because they are Cali coloured, which is extremely rare.

They aren’t any more valuable in real terms than any other Paulson chip, its just that we are all such lunatics that they get bid up to outrageous prices because everyone wants to be the first to get something rare.

Super nice chips, but I’d rather chew my own arm off than pay $7 a chip for them. But then I’d feel differently if I had a tonne more disposable income that I do lol.
I was telling @detroitdad and @Lil Tuna that I am such an IDIOT!!

I grew up in a small town smack dab in the middle of an Indian Reservation where most of my friends growing up were Southern Ute Indian. It just so happens that they have a casino AND one of my closest friends was the Chief Operating Officer for the Tribe. As COO he oversaw all investments including casino operations. Unfortunately, he is no longer COO, and it NEVER dawned on me to hit him up about getting some VIP chips until I saw this set. DAMN IT!!! :banghead::banghead::banghead:
 

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For me, the real value is having a one of a kind set, like @Chippy McChiperson custom limit set or the other customs that were part of this buy. I would pay $8+/chip for that. I love every one of the Big Top chips...but, I personally would not pay that kind of money for any set that other people have as well. For me, it is about having an original set that has security. I have a few singles that are worth a little money, but I am not really a collector like others. I want playable sets that will be in play.

I get why others pay crazy money...it's just not for me.
 

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I was telling @detroitdad and @Lil Tuna that I am such an IDIOT!!

I grew up in a small town smack dab in the middle of an Indian Reservation where most of my friends growing up were Southern Ute Indian. It just so happens that they have a casino AND one of my closest friends was the Chief Operating Officer for the Tribe. As COO he oversaw all investments including casino operations. Unfortunately, he is no longer COO, and it NEVER dawned on me to hit him up about getting some VIP chips until I saw this set. DAMN IT!!! :banghead::banghead::banghead:
IN for 2000 chips
 

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I was telling @detroitdad and @Lil Tuna that I am such an IDIOT!!

I grew up in a small town smack dab in the middle of an Indian Reservation where most of my friends growing up were Southern Ute Indian. It just so happens that they have a casino AND one of my closest friends was the Chief Operating Officer for the Tribe. As COO he oversaw all investments including casino operations. Unfortunately, he is no longer COO, and it NEVER dawned on me to hit him up about getting some VIP chips until I saw this set. DAMN IT!!! :banghead::banghead::banghead:
Yep you are such an idiot :ROFL: :ROFLMAO:
 

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GPI wouldn’t consider a cardroom to be a casino?
If you have a valid gaming license, they don't care what you call it. Cardroom, casino, gaming hall, poker room, etc. Show them the license, and they'll gladly take your order (and dollars).

If you're talking about the Texas type cardrooms, my guess is you're SOL, since those places operate without any type of certification from any State gaming agency. Given how many of them get raided every year, I'm doubtful that GPI would want to get entangled in that kind of mess.

But there are a variety of GPI sales reps with public email addresses on the internet... it's fairly easy to drop them a note and ask. My guess is their first response will be "sorry, we only sell to licensed establishments." But as I like to say, it never hurts to try.
 
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