Paulson Monte Carlo home Poker chips

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Back in 2013 I picked up a mint 300pc set of Paulson Monte Carlo chips off of craigslist for i believe GearX.
I scoured the innerwebz and sought help on CT but alas nobody had ever seen them before.

The person I purchased them from stated they were a gift and he believed they were purchased at the Paulson store many years ago.

I completely forgot about them until I caught the tail end of a tv program called "What on Earth"...Mafia Ghost ship.

Turns out it was a concrete tanker built for WWI but the war ended and was eventually sold and converted into a gambling/prostitution/speak easy. It's wreckage is thought to still contain $100,000 in gold / silver coins.

Sorry no picture of the chips. Hoping GearX can share if he still has them.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Monte_Carlo

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Monte Carlo was anchored 3 miles (4.8 km) off Coronado Beach in San Diego where it was in international waters, outside the boundary of state and federal law. During a storm on New Year's Day in 1937 the anchor lost its hold and the ship drifted onto the beach in front of what is now the El Camino Tower of the Coronado Shores condos. No one claimed ownership because, once on shore, this gambling and prostitution ship was illegal. The wreckage can be seen underwater at low tide, and is occasionally exposed during strong storm tides. The surrounding beach where the Monte Carlo came to rest was coined locally as "Shipwreck Beach" by a Coronado writer and historian in 2005.[2]

There has been speculation that there may be $150,000 worth of silver dollar coins remaining in the wreckage, according to the late Bud Bernhard who retrieved hundreds of dollars from the shipwreck as a child. “I’m convinced there is $100,000 in gold and silver coins deep in that wreck.”, he once said.[2]

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Right. I was more thinking the name of the chips might have been inspired by the ship.

Ah, I see. Yeah, quite possibly, although the "real" Monte Carlo might have had an influence, too. Hard to know for sure!

Thanks for posting the pron.

My pleasure, although it's a bit clinical to deserve the pr0n moniker. Still, pics are pics :)
 

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Have you tried asking over on the Chip Board?

It's amazing what kind of info those guys have (or can find).

No, i figured the experts on here and CT would have heard of them.

They are pretty cool looking in an old-school kinda way. Maybe a good design for a CPC GB one day.
 

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Or you find some used Paulsons you like and have @Gear put some labels on those bad boys. After he has the originals to work from.
 

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Or you find some used Paulsons you like and have @Gear put some labels on those bad boys. After he has the originals to work from.
Thought about that...but I'd have to have mint/near mint paullies to satisfied my chip needs.
Which CPC mold would look best?
Thinking of milling my BCC stamped set. Hopefully somebody will buy those before I ruin them.
 
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