Paulsons vs CPC Customs (1 Viewer)

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Hello! I currently own a Paulson cash game set (pictured in my avatar) and one of the (many) reasons I finally decided to join this forum is to get the downlow from some of you folks on CPC customs vs actual Paulsons. How do they actually compare? The idea of selling my Paulsons and purchasing the ultimate custom set to end all custom sets has crossed my mind, especially after spending some time browsing the custom sets database here. (My god, that Barrel House set is immaculate!) Or, I could just own a set of both. . . :)

Anyway, if I'm used to Paulsons and they way they shuffle, stack, and sound, how likely would I be to actually use a CPC set? Would it just be a decorative set on my shelf, or would I ever shelf my Paulsons for the CPCs? I do love the idea of designing something with the color palate of my choosing and creating a custom logo. Any thoughts from you folks who own both? Did you end up shelving or selling one in favor of the other? If so, why? Thanks in advance.

Douglas
 
Get samples and answer the question for yourself
That’s the only way. There are so many threads on this site discussing the differences between the two brands, and the differences are significant. So you can and should do some searching and reading. But unless you don’t mind spending thousands of dollars sight unseen, you need to see, feel, and hear them for yourself.
 
That’s the only way. There are so many threads on this site discussing the differences between the two brands, and the differences are significant. So you can and should do some searching and reading. But unless you don’t mind spending thousands of dollars sight unseen, you need to see, feel, and hear them for yourself.
Ok, that makes perfect sense. Thanks, fellas!
 
CPC set will likely have very sharp edges upon delivery, so they may not shuffle like a used set of Paulsons out of the gate. However, the quality is top notch.

Definitely get samples of the different molds and spend some time with them before investing in an "purchasing the ultimate custom set to end all custom sets."
 
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Any thoughts from you folks who own both? Did you end up shelving or selling one in favor of the other?
Completely depends on your outlook / preference and how often you play. I have like 15 major sets, a mix of Paulson, CPC, BCC, ceramics and hybrids, and host 15-20 games a year. They all see play, but I love variety. My customs probably get played the most.
 
CPC set will likely have very sharp edges upon delivery, so they may not shuffle like a used set of Paulsons out of the gate. However, the quality is top notch.

Definitely get samples of the different molds and spend some time with them before investing in an "purchasing the ultimate custom set to end all custom sets."
Great advice. Thank you. I have a habit of making compulsive buys, so I should probably spend some time to make sure I do this right the first time. I should probably just order some samples of each one and see what really gets me excited. I wasn't aware there were so many molds available either!
 
If I could have fully custom Paulson's that is the route I'd go. But since I can't, I have a mix of casino Paulson's and custom CPCs. I prefer the Paulson's for their feel and colors. On the flip side I prefer CPCs for the custom aspect and the price point.
 
Pick the CPC molds you like the most visually and get a shuffle stack (10-20 chips) of each. The mold sample set with just one of each isn’t enough imo.

You can probably find them from members here by creating a wanted ad (and you can sell them again once you’re done). And if not CPC likely will have extras you can buy.
 
tl;dr

Entry level Paulson's most RHC / Bike tires / sub $2 suffer from crappy colors (I'm a Cali guy) or just not the set you love. CPC are the chips I can design, feel great, shuffle well, and be a topic of conversation in the game.

Higher end Paulsons that have a high demand cost so much money and currently they are hard to get the value out of, but they are typically close to mint and bright colors or they are old and leaded or a combo of both.

#1stWorldProblems

So I did both, I knew I would want a set of Paulsons and over paid for them so that I would love them and not need to cry more than once.
 
I own Paulsons and I own CPCs. All my sets see play. They’re both great in their own respects, as others have mentioned above.

YMMV, but for me, there’s something special about creating your own custom set from scratch that can’t be matched by even the nicest “standard” Paulson sets.

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When you say Paulson there is a variety of Paulson too.


Paulson casino > CPC > Paulson home market chips.


I think cpcs are better than wthc classics pharaohs etc
 
When you say Paulson there is a variety of Paulson too.


Paulson casino > CPC > Paulson home market chips.


I think cpcs are better than wthc classics pharaohs etc
Excellent point, and it should be noted that the same applies to CPC. There are some great CPC molds, and others that I wouldn't touch (looking at you, A-Mold).
 
Stick with Paulsons, for now.

CPC customs are end-game. 99% of the time, they will not retain close to their purchased value. If you're early in chipping, you aren’t going to make a good set or one you will like down the line, as it’s too early to even know how your tastes and knowledge will evolve. You won’t recoup nearly what you could from most Paulson sets you decide to part with.

No chips feel better than nicely broken in leaded Paulsons, but also nothing feels better than felting or playing with top of the line customs.
 
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I own both, use both Paulson and CPC in a rotation with other premium brand chips, bcc, Chipco, and Abbiati. All have their specific great attributes.
 
Paulson's are all garbage compared to my custom CPC sets, which are the greatest of all time (they're so great that they deserve the full words vs. GOAT) ;)

As someone that is a bit of a minimalist that doesn't collect sets, there is no contest between my own meaningful custom sets and the Paulson sets I could have.

If you go the CPC route, take your time, seek advice from veteran chippers here, hire a professional designer, get color samples, and shuffle stack samples of the molds you'd consider using.

If you do it right, you should feel like your custom set is the GOAT.

Final thoughts...

Keep in mind broken in CPC chips feel a lot different (better IMO).

If it turns out you just can't stand CPCs after getting samples, you can always do a semi custom over/re label Paulson set.
 
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Paulson's are all garbage compared to my custom CPC sets, which are the greatest of all time (they're so great that they deserve the full words vs. GOAT) ;)

As someone that is a bit of a minimalist that doesn't collect sets, there is no contest between my own meaningful custom sets and the Paulson sets I could have.

If you go the CPC route, take your time, seek advice from veteran chippers here, hire a professional designer, get color samples, and a shuffle stack samples of if the molds you'd consider using.

If you do it right, you should feel like your custom set is the GOAT.

Final thoughts...

Keep in mind broken in CPC chips feel a lot different (better IMO).

If it turns out you just can't stand CPCs after getting samples, you can always do a semi custom over/re label Paulson set.

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^^This^^ is how you do customs.
 
Paulson's are all garbage compared to my custom CPC sets, which are the greatest of all time (they're so great that they deserve the full words vs. GOAT) ;)

As someone that is a bit of a minimalist that doesn't collect sets, there is no contest between my own meaningful custom sets and the Paulson sets I could have.

If you go the CPC route, take your time, seek advice from veteran chippers here, hire a professional designer, get color samples, and shuffle stack samples of the molds you'd consider using.

If you do it right, you should feel like your custom set is the GOAT.

Final thoughts...

Keep in mind broken in CPC chips feel a lot different (better IMO).

If it turns out you just can't stand CPCs after getting samples, you can always do a semi custom over/re label Paulson set.
Beautiful! This is the kind of advice I needed. I look forward to planning my custom set and getting input from you all as I go. Cheers!
 
If you decide to sell your set, which i think you should keep it and have one of each imho, i would love two barrels of those $500s in your avatar.

The main reason i got into this hobby was because i loved how clay poker chips felt at the casino, so i spent a full day researching (googling) what casinos used.

I ended up finding out about Paulsons and eventually ended up here. I obtained my first set, loved them, and have yet the need to go back to the casino to play. With that being said, i obtained my first CPC sample, since i had similar ideas to you, and i also fell in love. The fact that i am able to design my own chip and it's (controversially) similar to the way Paulson's feel, changed the game for me.

I would recommend investing in purchasing a CPC set but grab some samples first.
 
Paulson's are all garbage compared to my custom CPC sets, which are the greatest of all time (they're so great that they deserve the full words vs. GOAT) ;)

As someone that is a bit of a minimalist that doesn't collect sets, there is no contest between my own meaningful custom sets and the Paulson sets I could have.

If you go the CPC route, take your time, seek advice from veteran chippers here, hire a professional designer, get color samples, and shuffle stack samples of the molds you'd consider using.

If you do it right, you should feel like your custom set is the GOAT.

Final thoughts...

Keep in mind broken in CPC chips feel a lot different (better IMO).

If it turns out you just can't stand CPCs after getting samples, you can always do a semi custom over/re label Paulson set.
I am 100% in agreement. There are many talented individuals, stunning design ideas, and sets created by other members or casino grade Paulson chips, but they are not yours and will never truly be yours.
When you invest significant time in researching different CPC molds, ordering samples to feel the texture, designing your unique inlays, matching colors, creating logo, and developing ideas that no one has thought of before, your final set becomes so personal and unique that it cannot be compared to any A+ class casino chips. Remember, you infuse your energy and creativity into designing your own set. That will ALWAYS make your set superior to any others on the market. Take your time and enjoy the precess. Time and your energy > quick success
 

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