Official 2023 Custom Chip Set HOF Voting Thread (1 Viewer)

Pick the sets you think deserve to be in the 2023 HOF

  • The Bone Yard

    Votes: 68 43.9%
  • The Canoe Club

    Votes: 36 23.2%
  • Chessie's Cove

    Votes: 34 21.9%
  • Le Gold Luxury Hotel & Resort

    Votes: 69 44.5%
  • The Poker Lab

    Votes: 68 43.9%
  • Willie's Treasure Trove

    Votes: 45 29.0%

  • Total voters
    155
  • Poll closed .

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It is time to vote for the 2023 PCF Custom Chip Set Hall of Fame!

If you read nothing else, please read these two points!!!
  • When voting please MAKE ALL YOUR SELECTIONS AT ONE TIME!!!! Once you hit “Submit”, you will NOT be able to go back and edit them!!!
  • You may vote for as many or as few sets as you like. This year’s committee has recommended that two sets be enshrined in the HOF.

Current PCF HOF Sets
All sets currently in the PCF HOF can viewed here: https://www.pokerchipforum.com/resources/categories/hall-of-fame.6/
PCF HOF Sets
YearSetOwner
2015Le BoudoirNicolas M
2015Lady LuckAbby99
2015Duy's PalaceViet Rounder
2015Club CourageCourage
2015The Hitching PostMr Tree
2015Black Cat ClubToby
2015Hungry FrogMeatboy
20153 Putt PokerLinks_slayer
2015Redbelly Poker RoomRedbelly
2015Truman's HouseBergs
2016Suicide Queenk9dr
2016Colony ClubPuggy
2016The Boulevardbmichaelthorn
2016Chateau de Noixbivey
2017The Cedar Roomtoad94
2017Iron Bankk9dr
2017Silver Dust Casinotoad94
2018Knollwoods72o
2018The Capital Roomjoshuadalton
2018Pillage & PlunderRonoh
2018PaymasterMr Tree
2019Bicycle Shackkmccormick100
2019The Club HouseRhodeman77
2019Rosie's Bayouslisk250
2020Bill's Haus of BluffChippy McChiperson
2020Bubb's Poker DenChaosRock
2020Motswari Lodgeperthmike
2020Speak ECkrafticus
2021The ArmoryPsypher1000
2021The Barrel HouseIrish
2021Broken BellTommy
2022The Ambessa Poker RoomSpaceMonkey
2022The Rainier Roommadforpancakes
2022Story HillMarquetteMonkey

Hall of Fame (HOF) Purpose
The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to recognize significant achievements in the creation of custom poker chip sets. This recognition comes from the votes of the PCF site membership, in collaboration with the work of a selection committee that solicits feedback from the membership and nominates sets for a formal vote. The committee is comprised of current PCF members, and the committee’s nominations do not necessarily equate to choosing the most popular sets. There is no quantitative way to assess the merits of a poker chip set; therefore, it is up to each committee member’s qualitative judgement on whether a set should be nominated for public voting. As poker chip sets are a very personal creation, in no way should a lack of nomination be viewed as any criticism on the quality of a member’s custom set. The entire HOF process is solely intended to celebrate and augment the enjoyment of our hobby.

The HOF Committee Membership
The committee is comprised of a chairperson, and a group of members. The chairperson’s role is to facilitate the HOF nomination process, and the committee’s role is to determine those sets that merit consideration for a full site vote. There was no formal membership selection process for the current committee members, it simply self-manifested. When a current committee member wishes to step down, they can select their replacement. If a replacement is not selected, the current committee members will debate and offer a seat to a replacement member. It is the intent that the members rotate every few years, to harvest the best ideas from a diverse group of people. Current HOF committee:
HOF Nomination and Selection Process
Custom sets made by current or former PCF members are eligible for consideration in the HOF (permission from the owner is required for nomination). There is a one year “cooling-off” period from the date a set is revealed before a set is eligible for HOF consideration, intended to prevent short-term hype from influencing the process. Custom sets are eligible for nomination for a period of four years. The 2023 nominee class includes sets revealed from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2021. Once a set has exceeded the eligibility period, it is no longer up for consideration. However, the HOF committee may nominate a limited number of “expired” sets for legacy consideration (i.e., to correct a previous oversight). The general process is as follows:
  • The HOF committee will solicit ideas from the site membership for HOF consideration in the first half of the year, including legacy sets.
  • Using the opinions of the membership and their own personal beliefs, each committee member provides an independently created list of sets to the chairperson. Note that PCF moderators and admin have no prior knowledge or input regarding nominations.
  • The sets are compiled by the chairperson, and the committee privately debates the merits of those sets. Eventually, sets that merit formal nomination are determined by an internal voting process. Members of the committee may recommend and vote for the nomination of their own sets; however, members of the committee are strongly discouraged from promoting their own sets (i.e., other committee members should do all the talking). The chairperson is responsible to discourage all forms of self-promotion.
  • Once formal nominations are completed, notification is provided to the set owners. The creator of a set must formally agree to inclusion of their set in the HOF process, and a draft write-up of the set with pictures is requested to facilitate the voting process.
  • After owner consent and information are obtained for all sets, the final list is subject to a public membership vote where the top sets will be inducted into the HOF. Voting is open for 2 weeks to established members - 30 days with a minimum of 30 posts. The number of sets for induction will be determined by the committee, based on the quality of that year’s nominations. This year’s committee has recommended that two sets be enshrined in the HOF. The quantity of PCF votes for each set is public; however, the ballots are secret.
This year, the HOF committee wanted to specifically note that owner permission is required for HOF nomination; there were several sets that were considered, however their owners did respond to the committee's requests or declined to participate.

Without further ado, here are this year's HOF Nominees........

2023 PCF Custom Chip Set Hall of Fame Nominees:
 
Boneyard Poker
Owner: @liftapint
Artist: @p5woody
Manufacturer: CPC
Mold: B-Mold
Showcase Thread: https://www.pokerchipforum.com/threads/boneyard-cpc-b-mold-cash-set.109430/

Thoughts from the owner:
I’ve always been drawn to custom chips from CPC. I’ve owned several CPC sets over the years, but all of them have either been purchased second-hand, or have been designs from other chippers who generously let me tag along on their journey. I knew my chipping experience would never be complete without designing my own CPC set. My biggest fear was not loving my own customs. Much like committing to a tattoo, I felt like I needed to find a theme that was something meaningful to me, something that I’d love forever. And for some unknown reason, I wanted it to be on the CPC B-mold (I firmly believe that “B” stands for “Best”).

The one thing that has been a constant in my adult life, has been my love for dogs. They are my greatest happiness. Not unrelatedly, some of my very favorite custom chip sets have had dog themes (Trumans, Bubbs). And one day, it just hit me….BONEYARD on the B-mold was a perfect fit!!! I know that I will always love dogs, and this set is a tribute to them.

I had always found the BTP Paulsons to be a fun set, so I had @p5woody design a dog-themed Boneyard set, using a BTP-style design. The set features color matched dog bones on the inlays, different art front and back, and a different dog-themed saying on each denom. I ordered 3 versions of the tri-moon frac (long story, I love fracs), enough $1s for a basic limit set, and a primary and secondary $20.

Thank you to everyone who allowed me to fill your inboxes with requests for feedback. You know who you are and I love ya.

Thoughts from the committee:
It's a vibrant and fun, with nice spot progression and sharp bright colors that match the theme of the set. A cool inlay, the unique sayings on each denom are a nice touch but not in your face making it too cheesy. The choice of B-mold fits the name, overall it's a very very good set.

Set Denominations & Breakdown:
  • 200 x 25¢ v1 - Retro Lavender base 3TRIM - Light Blue, DG Arc Yellow & DG Pink spots
  • 200 x 25¢ v2 - Retro Lavender base 3TRIM - Retro Blue, Light Green & DG Arc Yellow spots
  • 200 x 25¢ v3 - Retro Lavender base 3TRIM - Retro Green, Maroon & DG Peach spots
  • 800 x $1 - DG Peacock base 3D14 - DG Green & DG yellow spots
  • 600 x $5 - DG Tiger base 4DSQA316 - DG Peacock & DG Arc Yellow spots
  • 100 x $20 v1 - DG Yellow base 6D18 - DG Pink & Purple spots
  • 100 x $20 v2 - DG Yellow base 614 - DG Pink & Purple spots
  • 100 x $100 - Charcoal base 414418 - Light Green & DG Peach spots
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Quotes from the community:
"I think I've come back to look at these like 5 times. Still speechless." - @Rieguy

"My doggo approves. Too cool Mel! One of my all time favorite sets!!!" @Pinkdan

"Amazing set! Love the color matching and to have multiple fracs is baller!" - @Gunnar
 
The Canoe Club
Owner: @JMC9389
Artist: @timinater
Manufacturer: CPC
Mold: B-Mold
Showcase Thread: https://www.pokerchipforum.com/threads/the-canoe-club-tournament-set-cpc.78114/

Thoughts from the owner:
The Story: Growing up, I lived in a town in which a river runs through and divided the two sides of town. Around the corner from my childhood home, there still stands a small log cabin sitting on the river bank that has been a canoe rental business since before I was born called (Hometown name redacted) Canoe Club. For many generations, those that lived in my hometown and the towns surrounding took advantage and rented out the canoes, and as of just a few years ago, kayaks as well from Memorial Day onward throughout the warm months of summer until it was too cold to be out on the water. This place has been a mainstay in the community for more than the past 100 years. It was one of my favorite places growing up as a kid to go to. It was a rite of passage to be able to take a couple of canoes out with friends without supervision of parents and successfully be able to tip each other over into the dirty green/brown water of the river. This was of course in the days before everyone carried a cell phone on them at all times, so it was all in good fun. Some of my fondest memories from my childhood with my friends and family of going out onto the river on the canoes and kayaks are associated with this place.

To this day, I try to get out on the water with a kayak as much as I possibly can. It’s my go to activity whenever there’s a large open body of water around. There’s something relaxing to me about being out on the water with just the sounds of nature but otherwise being left to just your own thoughts. There’s peace and quiet with none of the peripheral noise usually encountered in daily life. Having a full-time job and family doesn’t make it feasible for me to own my own kayak or canoe, but one day, part of my ideal retirement is to be living close to a body of water to be able to get out there as much as I can to splash some water with the paddles and oars in addition to splashing pots, to be left to my own thoughts and enjoying only what is around me.

If you don’t know me by now, all of my customs and relabel projects in this hobby all have a significantly deep personal significance to them. This set is no different. This set is an homage and a reminder of those care free days going out on the water with friends and family. In designing this set, I tried to incorporate colors going through the active canoeing and kayaking seasons, from the greens and blues of spring, to the yellow/green of summer, to the oranges, reds, and pinks of the fall of the end of the season. @timinater was awesome to work with and was very patient in putting up with my fickle, yet picky self, but at the end of the day, it as well worth the work and thought put in. I can’t wait to get these onto the felt and to share the game action shots with the community here. I want to thank all of those whom I bounced ideas off of, sought counsel with, and helped make this set come to life. You all know who you are!

Thoughts from the committee:
With a personal and unique theme, @JMC9389 drew inspiration from vivid memories and created a set that delivered in capturing the scenery and feel of the Canoe Club. Using nature's diverse color palette in the set's design resulted in fun color choices and several great individual chips throughout the set. However it is the phenomenal Canoe Club inlay that really shines here and helps the viewer experience the Canoe Club as described by @JMC9389. The image of the Canoe Club fits the inlay space well and helps bring the scene to life all while being complemented by a stylistic font and bold red denom that ties it all together.

Set Denominations & Breakdown:
  • 200 - T5 – Dayglow Yellow base Quarter Pie – Dayglow Pink spots
  • 240 - T25 – Light Green base 3V12 – Green, Canary spots
  • 240 - T100 - Light Blue base 3D14 - Blue, Dayglow Tiger spots
  • 120 - T500 - Blurple base 4D14 – Bright White, Retro Red spots
  • 200 - T1000 - Dayglow Peach base 314318 – Dayglow Peacock, Dayglow Yellow spots
  • 80 - T5000 - Charcoal base 8D18 – Dayglow Pink, Dayglow Arc Yellow spots
  • 20 - T25000 - Bright White base 312 – Retro Blue spots
  • 40 - Bounty - Dayglow Peacock base 412 – Dayglow Yellow, Bright White spots
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Quotes from the community:
"Awesome work Joe...really really nice set" - @Thomacetti

"Wow! Very cool story and amazing chips! Love the inlays!!" - @GetUrShineBox

"Instant classic!!" - @eightyWon
 
Chessie's Cove
Owner: @kirchhausen
Artist: @Toby
Manufacturer: CPC
Mold: Large Crown
Showcase Thread: https://www.pokerchipforum.com/threads/chessies-cove.81032/

Thoughts from the owner:
When I moved back to Maryland in 2020 after a nearly 20-year hiatus, I wanted something to commemorate my joy in coming home... my goal was something whimsical and fun, but at the same time something that had special meaning to me. The idea of Chessie’s Cove covered all of the bases

For those of you not from Maryland, Chessie is a folkloric sea creature sea creature that roams the Chesapeake Bay area (think the Loch Ness Monster with a Bawlmer accent). As I live mere minutes from the bay now, I think Chessie’s cove has both whimsical and close to home covered.

The base colors and edge spots were intended to fit with the theme. Some remind of nautical themes, others remind of the local area (Naval Academy colors inspired the frac and the Orioles inspired the $100s), while the $25 are my version of Chessie herself.

I hope you all enjoy these chips as much as I do!

Thoughts from the committee:
What a fun set! @kirchhausen cleverly draws upon the local vibes from his coastal Maryland hometown in bringing Chessie's Cove to life. The inlay captures the fun and kinda goofy nature of the Chessie monster theme and has a beachtown-esque feel. The graphics are bright and colorful with lots of detail without getting cluttered. And having the denominations added in the water ripples is a really crafty and cool touch. The clay lineup is wonderfully unique and gives off a nautical vibe that matches the inlay and overall theme. The $1 through $25 workhorse chips are all stunners - especially the fiver, where he bucked the normal cash set approach and opted for the beautifully rich maroon as a base color. Each chip is very different and looks great on it's own, and they all play together very well as lineup with nice spot progression. Bonus points for the shear number of chips too - well stocked cover 2 full tables with 10 racks of the gorgeous maroon fivers!

Set Denominations & Breakdown:
  • 200 - 25¢ Base Color: Retro Blue; Spot Pattern 1/2 Pie; Spot Color: Yellow
  • 400 - $1 Base Color: Bright White; Spot Pattern 3916; Spot Color: Imperial Blue
  • 1000 - $5 Base Color: Maroon; Spot Pattern 3DSA18; Spot Colors: DG Pink, Retro Lavender
  • 200 - $25 Base Color: Light Green; Spot Pattern 4TA181418; Spot Colors: DG Yellow, Retro Green
  • 200 - $100 Base Color: Gray; Spot Pattern 6DSA; Spot Colors: DG Peach, Black
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Quotes from the community:
"Fantastic! Congrats. The set has a nice theme and an old school feel." - @superchromix

"They turned out awesome!! Love the inlay, love the mold, love the colors. Homerun!" - @Highli99

"Oh my days, these are out if this world — perfect in every way." - @jr8719
 
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Le Gold Luxury Hotel & Resort
Owner: @LeGold
Artist: @LeGold
Manufacturer: CPC
Mold: DSQ
Showcase Thread: https://www.pokerchipforum.com/threads/le-gold-primary-tournament-cpc-md-50-dsq.69012/

Thoughts from the owner:
Le Gold Luxury Hotel & Resort
is proud to be able to invite you to its poker room!

Le Gold opened its doors in 2019, after years of planning. Finally, your LEGO minifigures were able to get their well deserved vacation. Luxury rooms, ballrooms, and a large movie theatre had been in place since the beginning. However, since gambling is strictly prohibited in their world, it wasn't easy to get a license. Finally, in January 2020, a green light was given for a poker room where tournaments could take place. Alas, by the time the design for the chips was ready in April, covid had hit the factory hard, and these were delayed by half a year. Not a big deal since the hotel had to close as well for a while.

Sales pitch aside, the idea started indeed with a LEGO model of the abovementioned hotel and the need (again that word..."need") for custom chips. Being new to chipping, I learned a lot during the design process which was a long one, with a lot of iterations based on comments and suggestions by this amazing community, until I was happy with the design. I wanted to get the old-school feel of more subdued base colors, while trying to make them shine at the same time. I acquired color samples, took photos of each color and mold to be able to recreate an as-close-to-real representation of the chips on screen, with the ability to play with different combinations of molds, based and spots, and get feedback in real time.

After the order was placed, the Long Wait started, during which I made a matching table, cards and dice, and ended up in the rabbit hole. Then half of the shipment got stolen and eBayed off (which, thanks to David I was able to buy back), so it ended up being a MTT set after all. The quantities below are the original ones before the expansion, not perfect but I was on a budget and it would have worked well for my needs.

Thoughts from the committee:
What do you get when you mix your love for Legos with your love of poker? You get Le Gold Luxury Hotel and Resort! This set has classy written all over it. Great use of colors without being over the top along with an excellent choice of mold. Also, how fun is it to include a T1 and a T5 into a tourney set?! They are both stunners while adding some versatility. From top to bottom a well executed tourney set that we would all love to have a chance to play with.

Set Denominations & Breakdown:
  • 100 - T1 – White base, 2A12: DG Peacock / DG Tiger
  • 150 - T5 – Retro Red base, 3D14: DG Green / DG Pink
  • 150 - T25 – Green base, 3D14: DG Arc Yellow / Light Blue
  • 100 - T100 – Black base, 3DSA316: Canary / DG Tiger
  • 100 - T500 – Lavender base, 3DSA316: DG Peacock / DG Green
  • 50 - T1k – Canary base, 3TA316: DG Pink / Bright White / Blurple
  • 25 - T5k – Chocolate base, 3TA316: DG Arc Yelow / Black / DG Peach
  • 25 - T25k – Retro Blue base, 3TA316: DG Peacock / DG Yellow / DG Tiger
  • 40 - ND – Yellow base
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Quotes from the community:
"Sick! Very, very well done." - @Ghoti

"It’s dripping with classiness. I’d like to book a reservation." - @BarrieJ3

"Ho-Lee Mo-Lee these are nice!! Really well done Sir! :cool :tup:" - @mattross1313
 
The Poker Lab
Owner: @Hornet
Artist: @p5woody & Peter Franco
Manufacturer: CPC
Mold: Diamond Square
Showcase Thread: https://www.pokerchipforum.com/threads/the-poker-lab-cpc-md-50-cash-set.71882/

Thoughts from the owner:
Since joining PCF, I had been resistant to creating a custom CPC set. It just seemed like a huge time investment, and because there were so many great sets out there, I questioned whether I really had something to add to the mix.

In 2019, I had been working with @Rhodeman77, @detroitdad, and @Perthmike on organizing a Paulson NAGB, which unfortunately was scuttled. But that led to the three of them strongly encouraging me to design a CPC custom set, offering their help of course. And then when the pandemic hit in early 2020, I found myself with a bit more free time than usual. Anyway, how could I say no to designing a custom set with help from a team that has designed some of the best customs on PCF?

I needed a theme for the set and quickly settled on science, which has always been an interest of mine. I soon decided that each of the denominations could represent a different scientific principle, phenomenon, or discovery. And @Perthmike made the interesting, yet challenging, suggestion that the base colors and spots could be chosen to physically represent the various concepts.

After running through more mockups than I can count, I settled on the following lineup: the $1 would represent electricity, the $5 nuclear energy, the $25 Newton’s laws of motion, the $100 a black hole, and the $500 DNA. The colors and spots were chosen for progression, but also to evoke the scientific concepts, some being more abstract than others. For example, the $5 evokes a (nuclear) explosion, the $25 Newton’s apple tree, and the $100 rays of light getting pulled into the black hole.

Next came the inlay design, which was by far the most challenging and time-consuming aspect of the project. I enlisted the great @p5woody to help with the inlay, and we quickly landed on the overall feel and layout for the design. Yet finding existing images on the internet for the various concepts that looked good on a poker chip and cohesive as a set was impossible. I wanted the inlay to have a parchment paper/Da Vinci sketch feel, and the only way to accomplish that would be through original artwork. The solution occurred to me during a conversation with my wife. My brother-in-law is an artist who used to do the graphics for video games, so he was experienced creating detailed art in a very small area. He agreed to help, although I’m confident he didn’t realize the amount of time that would be required. We went back and forth on the artwork for weeks. Drawing the black hole in a way that looked good on a poker chip was extraordinarily difficult, with more sketches eliminated than I can even remember. Although it took quite a bit of time, and certainly a lot of trial and error, ultimately I was thrilled with the inlay artwork that my brother in law created. Thank you, Peter!

Poker chips are meant to be used, and my critical test for this set was how it looks in play. In my opinion, the set as a whole flows together very well on the felt. I enjoy felting these chips more than my other chips, and the regulars in my weekly game seem to truly appreciate them as well.

In addition to the credited artists, @Rhodeman77, @detroitdad, and @Perthmike gave me a bunch of wise advice and encouragement along the way. My deepest gratitude goes to the three of you. I hope this set can inspire others on PCF the same way your sets and your advice inspired me.

Thoughts from the committee:
This set is definitely something different and unique! The old school technical drawing artwork depicting the various scientific themes is incredibly well done, especially considering the various scales of each depiction. Love the subtle incorporation of an equation into each design as well, and the red font for the denomination really helps to distinguish it from the rest of the design without detracting from the artwork. The clay lineup has very nice and a few unique color/spot combos with nice spot progression, and one can really see the thought that went into each clay/spot arrangement to tie it to the inlay artwork for the chip.

Set Denominations & Breakdown:
  • 300 x $1 – Dayglo Peacock 3DSA316 with Bright White/Dayglo Yellow spots
  • 600 x $5 – Dayglo Tiger 4TA181418 with Gray/Dayglo Arc Yellow spots
  • 200 x $25 – Dayglo Green 6A14 with Dayglo Pink/Retro Green spots
  • 140 x $100 - Black 6QADS18 with Light Blue/Dayglo Peach/Dayglo Yellow/Retro Lavender spots
  • 60 x $500 - Lavender 8D18 with Dayglo Pink/Dayglo Arc Yellow spots
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Quotes from the community:
"Fantastic! Top to bottom, everything about this set is great. Inlay art, the parchment look... Colors and mold." - @TheDuke

"Holy jesus these are amazing! I love the concept and the simplistic hand drawn look of the art. " - @buffalojim

"Man, I love the theme. Bravo! Color and edge spot combos are Amazing!" - @SuckoutKing
 
Willie's Treasure Trove
Owner: @Sprouty / @liftapint
Artist: @Johnny5
Manufacturer: CPC
Mold: Small Crown
Showcase Thread: https://www.pokerchipforum.com/threads/the-origins-of-willies-treasure-trove-cpc-customs.65139/

Thoughts from the owner:
After being on PCF for about a year I knew that I eventually wanted to do a custom set. The problem was that I never could nail down a theme that I was happy with. In May of 2017 my wife and I went to Oregon to get married. The Pacific Northwest was amazing and I knew I wanted to tie in Oregon. We saw waterfalls, dunes, mountains, and beaches. The scenery blew us both away but I didn't know how to successfully tie any of that into a theme. One of the beaches that we visited was Cannon Beach where they shot a scene for the Goonies movie. My wife and I are both big fans of the movie as it was a favorite growing up so that is where I got the idea of doing Willie's Treasure Trove.

I had been playing with the chip generator for what seemed like ages. I really took my time with design and colors. It's one of my favorite aspects of the whole process. My first color schemes were all over the place. I don't think I knew what exactly I wanted. One night I ditched what I was working on and threw together a monochromatic theme and it basically stuck. I made a few tweaks here and there but overall I loved it. I have always been a sucker for monochromatic colors and I am thrilled with how they turned out.

After working with J5 for about a year I had to come up with a breakdown that I was happy with. I knew I wanted to be able to cover at least two cash tables at different stakes. I also wanted to have the versatility of being able to run a T1 based tourney but didn't want to give up having a yellow $20 chip. That is why I did a green non denom. In cash form it is used a a quarter as we mostly play .25/.50. In tournament form it was designed to be used as a T25 chip. I am an oddball and I love the idea of being able to run a T400 tourney with all of my cash sets, so when coming up with my breakdown I kept that in mind. Our games don't have a need for so many quarters, but in the event that I wanted to run a two table tourney, I knew I had the chips needed.

Odds and ends... I did a tribute chip to my son, "Miles' Treasure Trove" with his birth year instead of the location. Most people don't even notice. I like throwing a few subtle changes in there and adding a bit of personality to the set. One other fortunate thing about taking forever was that the scrown mold was introduced by CPC. I was originally thinking about using the A mold but I am extremely happy with the way it worked out and my use of the scrown as it fits really well with the theme.

Thoughts from the committee:
A really fun, personal and nostalgic set that doesn’t take itself too seriously - a very different take on the pirate theme. The inlay design perfectly captures the iconic One-eyed Willie figure from the campy 80s flick, all the way down to the creepy bedazzled eye patch and perfectly matched Goonies font. The slight color matching on the inlay works well here too, especially given the monochromatic nature of the clay selection. The clay and spot lineup makes for a very colorful set without going overboard on the flashy dayglo colors, sticking more with rich primary colors. And designing 7 awesome monochromatic chips that all play well together should be commended.

Set Denominations & Breakdown:
  • 300 - Non-Denom – Green Base, Spot Pattern 1/4 Pie, Dark Green Spots
  • 400 - $1 – Dayglow Peacock Base, 3d14 Spot Pattern, Retro Blue and Light Blue Spots
  • 600 - $5 – Retro Red Base, 614 Spot Pattern, Maroon and Dayglow Pink Spots
  • 50 - $10 – Light Chocolate Base 6d18a Spot Pattern, Chocolate and Dayglow Arc Yellow Spots
  • 200 - $20 – Yellow Base, 4v12 Spot Pattern, Chocolate and Dayglow Yellow Spots
  • 100 - $100 – Blurple Base, 3v12318 Spot Pattern, Black and Lavender Spots
  • 50 - $500 – Dayglow Tiger Base, 414418 Spot Pattern, Dayglow Orange and Dayglow Arc Yellow Spots
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Quotes from the community:
"Love ❤️ these chips man, well done and great back story! " - @SuckoutKing

"Absolutely awesome set right here!! Job very well done brother" - @Ben8257

"Great chips, @Sprouty. Just so we'll done top to bottom. Very versatile set." - @WedgeRock
 
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Just as a side note, it’s strange that you can see the results before voting, definitely could cause some sway.

But anyways, what an amazing set of customs. Some of these are more my style (Willies) and some are favorites of mine that I would like to own (boneyard is a top fav of mine, love pet/pup customs), but I felt it better to vote objectively.

Hornets poker lab is one of those sets that I felt I hadn’t seen at all before. The style of inlay design was so wildly different but played so well with the mold and colors - to me it was a set that when you saw it you just knew it was insta classic. I have a long list of favs for customs, but it’s a whole different ball game and effort for someone to come in and say - I have a completely different look all it’s own. I feel like this scores an easy #1 spot in most years and garnered my vote. (LeGold nabbed my other vote)
 
Judging by how the voting is going, I think the committee did a great job this year (pats self on back). So I want to take this time to publicly thank and give appreciation to @Irish for heading the committee these last few years.

There is a lot that goes into this that you may not realize. Just getting 5 or 6 people to debate all the sets and come to an agreement on a list is difficult enough, but to get all the writeups and pictures sorted, contact all the potential nominees, and do it all on a deadline is a heck of a lot of work for zero pay and little recognition. So thanks Matt for everything you've done, you are the man!
 
Hard decisions. I read above that 2 sets will make the final cut but I voted for 3 because I couldn’t narrow it down to just 2. All beautiful works of art across the board and I enjoyed reading about the background on each set.
 
I'm flattered that the Canoe Club tournament set is being talked about in the same breath as the other sets up for nomination. Congratulations to all of the other nominees!

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