- Mar 26, 2013
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- Wilmington, DE
Asking from the perspective of a new chip collector, is there any benefit to having UV markings on a chip that isn’t live at a casino?
The security aspect is always important, but I was just curious to hear if there are any other use cases?
There are several practical applications.
Some time back, the former owner of ASM either produced or kept (or both) some Key West chips without my permission as the owner of the design. He tried to sell a lot of $1 Key Wests on Craigslist, but members here linked him to the phone number in the ad, and the chips, as far as I know, never sold. This is the reason we don't offer white Key West $1 chips for a buck, because I don't know how many "Red" has.
UV marking legit Key West chips from Classic would be a way to verify authenticity.
Marking the chips would also differentiate Key West chips I've sold to members here from those sold in the original run of Key Wests by Apache Poker Chips, another legitimate dealer and vendor here.
Finally, the idea was to stamp the chips with the UV palm tree in a standard location, and offer to create a unique stamp for you personally, and a different one for each person who owns Key West. That invisible stamp could be a symbol, a letter and number, or something you might want, in a location on the inlay you pick. Adding a personal symbol would be optional, and we would keep a list of symbols and owners here.
If your chips were ever stolen and recovered, the palm tree and your unique symbol in UV ink on the chip would be invisible and unknown to the thief, but would easily identify the chips as your property.