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More Key West Stats:

Occasionally, we offer some statistics about the Key West Resort & Casino chips. The first Key West chips were produced by Apache Poker Chips and ASM in September, 2004. I don't know exactly how many chips were produced in that first run by ASM and Apache.

I acquired the Key West design from Josh and Apache on July 11, 2011.

In October, 2012, the Continental Card & Game Company was formed in Delaware to sell the chips. Since then, we've sold Key West chips to more than 250 collectors in the United States and 21 other countries.

Key West facts:

  • Total Key West chips sold by CC&G Co.: 22,123
  • Total "face value" of those chips, if they were real: $17,543,356.15 (Our inventory system keeps track for us.)
  • Those chips would make a single stack 230 feet, 4 inches high. That's roughly the height of the former Playboy Hotel Casino in Atlantic City. The stack would weigh in at roughly 500 pounds.
  • The company has sold 1,429 blue $1 chips at face value -- $1 each. We continue to hold $1,429 in cash to pay out if any are ever returned.
  • Number of Key West blue $1 chips cashed in so far: 0
  • All Key West's blue $1 chips have been made by Classic Poker Chips.
  • We've also sold just under 1,700 Key West roulette chips
  • One Key West 14-chip sample set has a playable face value of $31,654.80
  • The highest-value Key West denomination is the $25,000 chip. We've sold 452 of them.
  • The most popular Key West chip is the white $1 chip. We've sold 3,174 of them. The second most popular is the $100, with 2,762 sold.
  • The state with the highest number of people who own Key West chips is now California, with 20.
  • Delaware, the second-smallest state in America, has six players who own Key West chips (including me).
  • The largest private collection of Key West chips is a player in Colorado with 2,041 chips.
  • The company keeps approximately 14,000 chips in stock to sell.
  • There is one set of Key West chips in Key West, Florida.
  • There is one set of Key West chips aboard a U.S. Navy ship, and one set was delivered to a military member serving in Afghanistan.
  • Only one Key West chip denomination has ever been "retired." It was the charcoal and red $20 chip made by ASM, Portland. Fewer than 300 were made.
  • All but 200 of the blue-on-blue Key West NCV chips were made by Old ASM in Portland before owner Jim Blanchard retired.
  • The company "gimmick" is that the casino doesn't exist, and never existed, but it's run like it was a real casino. We have a short list of people with whom we won't do business. We call that file, "Casino Security."


 
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the darker green spots that match the green spots on the hundos are older. the lighter mint green spots are on most of the new ones. two or three of the new ones have the same darker spots the old ones have.
Great set and awsome gift
I checked my samples and have 1 old school version...it's yours if you want to build a full barrel of oldies.
I'm sure more members have some to help you out

Ps. happy anniversary :)
Pss. will post pr0n of my KW set (1700) when the last batch is received
 

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My wife's anniversary tournament set.

i notice that the new $1k chips i added have a different color of green spots than the older ones. i have since applied a light wipe of mineral oil to the outside of each barrel, but the difference is still there.

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You are, of course, correct. The darker green spot is the older chip / color formula.

The colors on the Key West $1,000 chip are: yellow base and day glow green 312 spot.

In the summer of 2013, the supply of a key ingredient used in one of the dyes mixed to make that shade of green dried up. (I think it had something to do with imports being stopped from a country in Central America for political reasons.)

At the time, Mike Daumbach was part owner of ASM, Las Vegas, with his partner at the time. The dye manufacturer offered various powdered dyes. Mike and the manufacturer were certain they could duplicate the color perfectly. His partner decided to simply discontinue offering "day glow green," and forced the issue.

This was one of the (many) reasons Mike decided to leave ASM Las Vegas. We spoke about it by phone one evening that year.

I believe the new Day Glow Green formula was developed by Classic Poker Chips in order to return the color to their palette. The new Day Glow Green uses a new combination / recipe with available dyes.

The resulting color is a tiny bit lighter, but still called "Day Glow Green." It's not uncommon for casino chips -- even those at large casinos -- to have a slightly different shade on the edge spots, or even the chip base itself, from year to year, or batch to batch.
 
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The Dayglo's are using DayGlo Colour Corp. dyes, right? For example, Peacock's origin is Horizon Blue, Tiger's origin is Blaze/Safety Orange, Saturn's origin is Saturn Yellow, etc.?
 

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The Dayglo's are using DayGlo Colour Corp. dyes, right? For example, Peacock's origin is Horizon Blue, Tiger's origin is Blaze/Safety Orange, Saturn's origin is Saturn Yellow, etc.?
That answer is well-above my clearance.

The suppliers and recipe for each color is a trade secret. Only a few people at Classic would know the answer to that.

I've seen, in person, much of the process, but could not say where they get the ingredients, or what they are. In our conversation that night, Mike D told me two of the ingredients common to all ASM chips because their wholesale cost skyrocketed.

Whatever those were, i've forgotten them completely.

In the case of the day glow green color, Mike D told me what happened.

Slight color differences are pretty common. I have 80 x red $5 Paulson Fun Nites. (The Fun Nites are solids.) Among them are at least two distinct shades of red. Maybe three.
 
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