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|MD-75||HAT (NO CANE) -- 8 top hats. You can see the injection mold circle inside the top hat in the picture to the left. Not used for casino chips, for sure. I put the entry here in case anyone would ever mistake these for MD-76 and MD-77 just below.......... ............. I have the chips in red, blue and white for sale.||$3.00|
|MD-76||HAT AND CANE, SHORT CANE VERSION (H&C- SCV) -- Top hat with cane, repeated 8 times (also see MD-76a, 76b and 77, below). 1965-present. Paul-son Gaming Supplies, Las Vegas NV. By far, the Paul-son hat and canes are the most used chip mold in Nevada and the world. On this page I show three major varieties of the Paulson hat & cane rim mold. In MD-76, the cane is relatively short (about 7.5 mm long) and the triangular area formed by the bottom of the cane and the left side of the hat and brim is rather small; also the bottom of the cane appears to end lower than the brim line. (The blue chip shown here is from the California Hotel, Las Vegas NV.)...... I recommend you visit Greg Susong's fine page about these variations and other interesting chip information. ........I scanned the orange chip on the left because its soiled nature highlights the embossed hat and cane design. It is, of course, a roulette chip from the famous Nevada casino. I have it for sale in many colors -- peach, orange, brown, blue, yellow and red.||$4.00
|MD-76a||HAT AND CANE, LONG CANE VERSION (H&C-LCV) -- Top hat and cane repeated 8 times. 1964 - present. Paul-son Gaming Supplies, Las Vegas NV. This is the second variant of the H&C mold, called LCV (long cane version). Compared to MD-76 above, this one has a long cane (about 9 mm long), and there is a comparatively large area between the bottom of the cane and the left side of the hat and brim (see the arrows in MD-76 and MD-76a). Additionally, the lower end of the cane does not seem to go below the hat brim line. It is my suspicion that many individual chip runs were done using both molds (76 and 76a)...... ... .....In 2002 the French-owned Bourgogne et Grasset, a major gambling supply house outside of the U.S., purchased Paulson and Bud Jones companies. Paul-son is now a division of the French-owned Gaming Partners International Corporation, abbreviated GPI Corp, the result of the merger of Bourgogne et Grasset, The Bud Jones Company and Paul-Son Gaming Supplies, Inc under the leadership of B&G. Gaming Partners International Corporation, previously known as Paul-Son Gaming Supplies Corporation, has their head office in Las Vegas. At the same time, the two subsidiaries, Paul-Son Gaming Supplies, Inc. and Bourgogne et Grasset have become respectively Gaming Partners International USA, abbreviated GPI, USA and Gaming Partners International, SAS, abbreviated GPI, SAS. The group concentrates on products that are very sensitive to casinos, particularly chips and plaques but also dice, wheels, cards and associated products such as layouts and gaming tables. For an informative web page devoted to the Paul-son division, with links to its types of chips (colors, sizes, etc.), click here And click here for a pdf file on GPI USA, which includes much information on their Paulson, Bud Jones and B&G brand chips. ......I scanned a particularly soiled chip to highlight the mold design.||None
|MD-76b||HAT AND CANE (ALTERNATING DIRECTIONS) -- top hat and cane repeated 8 times -- 6 of the hat-canes have the cane handle on the right, and 2 of the hat-canes have the cane handle on the left. That is, two pair (which happen to be the top and bottom pair on the chip to the left, which was scored with pencil to highlight the mold) have their cane handles facing each other. Another major difference, among others, is that there is no outer ring (between the embossed hats/canes and the edge of the chip) as there is with MD-76 and MD-76a, above. Click here and here for bigger pictures. ......This new rim mold design was probably done to accommodate Paul-son's new wide graphic and full graphic inlaid chips, which Paul-son began making in 1993. Nowadays, most new Paul-son chips, especially the commemorative/limited edition ones, seem to have this rim mold. .. .... ....... I'm limiting these pages to vintage molds, but Lee H. O'Dell sent me this interesting new Paulson mold chip, in January 2011 -- a Bally's, Las Vegas, "no cash value" chip with 8 hats & canes -- 7 have the cane handle on the right, and 1 has it on the left -- click here to see it. The mold is only known on non-cash value chips, some being at Sam's Town, Tunica, MS, too.||None
|MD-77||HAT AND CANE (H&C CJ) -- top hat and cane, repeated 8 times. 1955-1965. Christy & Jones Co., Las Vegas NV. This H&C mold is very similar to the one above, MD-76. One difference is that the Paul-son H&C (for quite a while) was about 7 mm long while the CJ (Christy & Jones) H&C is about 9 mm long; the CJ ones have slightly taller hats, too. Unlike the Paul-son one, the CJ one usually has a shiny inside to the hat and a metal pellet inside the chip (X-ray it or take it apart)......Edge spots are another way to distinguish CJ chips from Paulson ones. The CJ edge spots have neat, smooth borders; the Paulson ones (but not the modern full and wide graphic ones -- see MD-76b, above) tend to be sloppy/uneven. The Paulson ones have convex ends, while the CJ ones are either straight, or --if the edge spots are a half inch or wider-- concave. Click here to see a longer, pictorial explanation of the edge spot differences .......The "21 Club" chip pictured is unattributed.||$5.00|
|MD-78||SMALL CROWN (SCROWN)-- a small crown and a small dash, repeated 12 times. 1950-present (1950-1978 in Nevada). T. R. King Co., Los Angeles CA, now at 400 West Pico Blvd., started business in 1922. Click here for their web site. Both the small and large crown chips are used mostly in California..........The chip pictured here is supposedly from England. Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, is known as the Prince of Wales, a title used by a long line of Royals. I'm not suggesting anyone important owned these chips, just that the "Prince of Wales" crest is the design on the chips, and it is a popular, well-known design in both Britain and the U.S.||$3.00|
|MD-79||LARGE CROWN (LCROWN) -- a large crown and a large dash, repeated 4 times. 1938-1967. T. R. King Co., Los Angeles CA. (More info about T.R. King above at MD-78.) .......I have the "JAY" chips for sale here. They are worn and have glue on one side. I have them in red, yellow, black and blue.||$3.00
|MD-80||HOUR GLASS (HRGLASS) -- 30 hourglasses. 1940's-1950's? Rigdon & Co., Cincinnati OH. The mold was used mainly for illegal clubs in that part of the country -- Kentucky, Ohio, etc...........The chip for sale is unattributed. It is "fortunately" soiled, so you can easily see the recessed hourglasses.||$3.00|
|MD-80a||NEW HOURGLASS -- new hourglass mold from Atlantic Molding to replace the old hourglass mold.. Same 30 hourglasses, but only one ring. Used about 1980 to early 1990's. The mold was made for Doubling Cube Co., NYC, about 1980. Later the mold was sold, I believe to Duro Sales, Inc., Deer Park NY. I have seen the mold chips in a 1990 brochure of Duro Sales. It is doubtful that the chips were used in casinos. I don't know who owns the mold now or whether it is being used today. .. ..... As of October 2015, the mold is still being produced in Maine at Classic Poker Chips company, a company that took over from Atlantic Standard Molding in 2013-2014. All their molds can be seen here. The mold is licensed for use in Nevada as of 2014 onwards.||I
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|MD-81||HARP -- 24 harp designs. 1930's-1950's? Taylor & Co., Chicago IL. Chips of this mold have been used for a lot of illegal clubs in middle America............This chip pictured here has been traced to the Taylor Co. records -- its from the 39 Club, 802 E. 39 St., Chicago ILL. 2600 yelow chips were ordered March 26, 1941.||$6.00|
|MD-82||HORSESHOES -- 16 horseshoes, alternately pointing in and out. 1952-early 2000's. T. K. Specialty Co., Reno NV. They just make dice now. TK was sold to Bourgogne and Grasset, mainly for T.K.'s dice business. So B&G owns the horseshoe mold now, but will probably never use it!.... ..... The wagon wheel chip to the left is from Harvey's Casino, Lake Tahoe, Nevada, c. 1960's (N4434). It's from the first issue of their roulette chips.||$8.00|
known now as Trident mold)-- 12 candelabras.
Used in Europe. Stakis Casinos are in England and
was applied to the embossed candelabras to highlight them for
purposes. ..... In October 2011, the people at Palm Gaming
told me, "the trident or candelabra mold is currently owned by [the]
owner of TCS Huxley. [He] resides in England ... .... this mold is
storage for him at our daytona beach facility until either we buy it or
finds a new home for it." UPDATE: Classic Poker Chips
company bought this from Jeff Lindsay and donated the mold to Nevada
Historical Society. ... .... Thanks to Jeff B's observation, it looks like this mold had almost exclusively been used by the casinos of the Stakis group, and it is a logo of that group, so it can be considered a "house mold" now (look here ).
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