Ah, helps tie it together.Given there has been a good deal of Protege activity lately, I also wanted to copy the below info to this thread about some background info on how this set came to be. Sidepot hosted a design contest on Chiptalk many years ago, the design by Magus_23 ultimately won and was selected for the design. Below is an archived Sidepot web link that Mental Nomad was cool enough to capture a few years ago.
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The award-winning Protégé clay poker chip line is the most popular clay chip set in the history of Sidepot Gaming - 50,000 chips were sold before we even started production. As Sidepot is a market leader in high-end poker chips, it follows that the Protégé line is perhaps the most popular high-end clay poker chip set in history.
Shaped Inlays – This is the chip that brought the retro style of shaped inlays back.
Cigar & Snifter Mold – Hands down the most popular clay chip mold available to consumers.
Award-winning Inlay Design – Designed thru a contest on a leading poker chip collector forum that involved over 20 designers competing and over 100 chip enthusiasts voting and providing feedback, this classic, and awe-inspiring inlay design beat out a number of formidable competitors.
Matching Plaques - Add some european flair to your game with some Protege Plaques.
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About the Protege Clay Poker Chip Line
The Protégé clay poker chip line is the outcome of an innovative project where a poker chip collecting community was given full reign on designing every element of a new chip line to fit into Sidepot Gaming Company’s retail mix. We sponsored the project, and helped to moderate the progression of the design. It was largely a blank slate project and the deeply knowledgeable community was given the latitude to affect nearly every element of the chip. When the project started, there was a palette of 35 or so chip colors, 15 or so edge spot configurations, and 10 or so printed inlay shapes. Combined there were literally millions of options for the community to choose from.
By the end of the project, the collective influence of the community pushed us in directions we never imagined from the outset. In addition to the truly inspired chip colors and design they voted in as the winner, they both guided us to create one of the heaviest clay chips on the market and persuaded us to bring back true punched/shaped inlays, a throwback poker chip inlay feature that hadn’t been seen in the consumer poker chip market for several decades. What was initially planned to be a 60-90 day project ended up taking closer to 9 months. What our designers initially thought was a bit of a gamble, turned into one of the most anticipated high-end poker chip lines of the past few years, if not ever.
With over 150 active participants making thousands of collective contributions and voting on every element of the chip design, the Protégé chip line is, we believe, as close as one can come to a grassroots, collaborative community design project. And it worked! The truly beautiful winning chip line proves the promise of what can be accomplished by tapping into the collective intelligence and creativity of a highly interested group of casino chip fanatics.
Cigar & Snifter mold
The Protégé line uses Sidepot’s throwback Cigar & Snifter mold, what some insiders in the poker chip industry consider the finest mold ever produced. The engraving design features an intricate cigar and snifter design, repeated 8 times around the track of the chip. Two concentric circles frame this repeating design, one inside and one outside.
Like our previous flagship line, the InPlay Clay, the innovation that really sets the Protégé line apart from every poker chip in the world is the innovative smooth feel of the track and edge of the chip combined with the popular textured, cross-hatched inlay surface. Unlike all other clay chips in the world, which come out of the factory with a rough surface, our Protégé chip has an unmistakable smooth feel right out of the box - exactly like a chip that has been properly broken-in within the casino environment.
Industry Leading Innovation! Vintage true shaped/punched inlays.- The unquestionable marquee of our exclusive Protege clay poker chip line. A highly coveted poker chip feature in the casino chip collecting industry for years, and unavailable for several decades on newly produced chips, the Protege line eloquently brings back this classic retro styling.
Industry Leading Innovation! Smooth clay touch and feel built right into the mold of the chip – A major innovation for home game poker chips that gives them the feel of a poker chip that’s been properly broken-in within a casino environment.
Award-winning Colors and Inlay Design! Award-winning design by William R. Coughlan.
100% Authentic Casino Chips - Same clay chips, same manufacturer, as those used in numerous popular Las Vegas casinos including the prestigious Aladdin.
Exclusive mold - This chip line uses Sidepot Gaming Company's highly touted throwback mold design, the Cigar & Snifter mold.
Textured cross-hatched inlay surface - Not flat and lifeless just because it’s easier to make.
Chip Weight - 10 gram average.
Chip Diameter - 39mm.
Chip Construction - Compression-molded clay.
Hello Protegé people
I was able to get in direct contact with William Coughlan, the creator of the original artwork.
No.... he has no chips/set he wants to unload (had to ask right ) but mostly wanted to know if we were able to revive the artwork for plaques & DB's.
And YEEEES we can...he still has the original artworks
But he first wanted to contact former Sidepot owner Stephan Aarstol, to make sure we are in the clear running a new DB & plaques GB.
Will keep you all posted but this is great news (imho)...MSK plaques anyone
@Joe Harris...honor whome honor is due...I linked him to your resource page (and PCF obv.) and he liked it a lot
Good luck finding these in any quantity. Only a couple of racks of the rarest ones were ever made. I've seen the nickels and the $20's for sale here in the last few months, but that's about it.Should have checked this thread before buying what I thought was a complete sample set. More denoms to add to the list. Im not going to even bother with the different variants.The hunt continues....
Anyone who has minty spares of the following Id be for ever grateful.
Which chip has missing edgespots? I couldn't find it. Agree on the shitty printing QC.Sheesh! I've always know of BCC quality control issues but mostly what I've seen was mishapen inlays. Here, we have everything from missing edge spots to discoloured inlays. Proteges will always be a great, desirable set but ya hate to see it plagued by these problems. Cigar & Sifter is an awesome mold.
I dunno whether to answer this seriously or sarcastically.This set is gorgeous. How hard was it to locate those odd denominations? Wow.