To Play or Not to Play, That is the Question.

CrazyEddie

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@Windwalker - Your desire to discover and adhere to community norms once again speaks volumes about your character. I'm sorry that you and another member had a miscommunication over it, and I'm glad that it's been resolved.

I think you also need to understand, though (and after five pages, I'm sure you have already), that "Chips should be played with!" is not a community norm, it is only a preference. One widely shared, but certainly not universal. A much stronger norm is "You can do whatever you want with your chips and don't let anyone tell you otherwise!"

I encourage you to play with your chips! They're awesome, and playing with them will be awesome. They will lose nothing in resale value, as the market for true mint chips (factory condition, unplayed, barely handled) as opposed to near mint chips (played and handled infrequently, visually indistinguishable from true mint chips other than having the chalky factory dust removed through use or cleaning) is virtually nonexistent, and chips in any condition can withstand a great deal of playtime before being downgraded to another category. I appreciate that this was something of a surprise to you because of the very different norms and market conditions in other collecting fields, and I'm glad you shared your new insight in your post.

BUT!

There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to keep your chips off the felt! Even if it's not what most would do. Your desires are as they are; they may have been shaped by your experiences with your other collections, but there's no reason to reshape them to conform to someone else's expectations.

Be true to yourself and enjoy your journey.
 

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Personally, I hated putting my ultra grail (to me) in play, ie the sets that costed me $10K+. I did that once and never again.

Once I realized that, I sold those sets.

$6k-ish I’m fine with it. But not too often.

Again, it’s my personal mental barrier I guess.
This is the same hurdle that I can't seem to get over, and exactly why I don't own any of these sets yet. I love looking at the Paulson, BCC, TRK and other sets on here. I lust after them. They are so beautiful, and the older ones full of so much history. I would love to own them, but if I even spent $3K on a MINT historical set, I'm just not sure I could put it in play. That's just my old ingrained collectible mentality taking over. Whenever I do spend this kind of money on a set, I suspect they will either be excellent used condition, or a brand new custom CPC set that has no historical significance. Because the last thing I want to do is get mad at a clueless friend who splashed the pot too vigorously or dropped a mint THC Paulson chip on the tile floor.
 

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Your money your decision. I personally have played every set I ever owned but my rules and what you feel is right for you could be two different points of view. No one should be able to tell you what to do or judge you because of it.
 

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What are the yellow $5k’s in first pic?
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These? Argosy fracs.
 

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I Originally joined this forum to purchase a set of Paulsons to use in my home game to replace my 15 year old custom chipco set - which by the way has held up great and are still going strong! my first set was the horseshoe cincys, which were quickly followed up by my jack set and other assorted chips for my relabel project and eventually my set of espts. orginially I thought that the higher dollar sets were too nice to put in play, but after watching the reaction of my group to the cincys I came to think differently. My group throughly enjoyed playing with real casino chips in a home game setting And actually treated them respectfully. They talked about the chips alot the first few games (and my group plays a lot in casino games). Based upon the reaction I don’t think I would have a problem putting my other sets in play. I am really excited to get my custom inlays from @Gear so I can get my relabel set in play as soon my wife allows me to host. Once those are finished I assume that I will use them the most (mostly for security reasons) but may from time to time break out the other sets.

Bottom line is do what u want with your chips - while everyone is entitled to an opinion, its your business how u handle your chips. Just my thought based upon my experience so far.
 

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If you want to have an f'in giant bonfire, you can! Just don't let it get out of control and burn down the hillside!
 
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