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HEARTS, SPADES OR CLUBS (PLAYING CARD PIPS) APPEAR IN MOLD DESIGNS

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MD-31 RECTANGLES & HEARTS -- heart and rectangle, repeated 11 times.  1950's.  Code and Co., Chicago IL.  (I have some advertising poker chips on this mold with the imprint "Codes Super Speed Check.")  Samples of the mold, though not rare, are uncommon........I can sell you a chip of this mold -- blue, hot-stamped GT. $3.00

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MD-31a TRIANGLES AND HEARTS -- heart and triangle, each repeated 12 times.   I never noticed this mold before; thanks to Rich Hanover for bringing it to my attention.  I have other chips from the same Portuguese casino (same logo, too), but with the Large Greek Key mold.  Probably used abroad. None
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TRIANGLES AND CLUBS (a/k/a Tri-Clubs) -- triangle and club pip, repeated 12 times.  Gambler's General Store, and Langworthy Casino Supply, Inc. -- both of Las Vegas NV, as recently as 1991.   I have one chip from Knightsbridge Casino, London (not shown here) that has this mold. .... ... .... ..... I have the green chip for sale as a sample of this mold.  It is an advertising chip from the famous Burlington Industries Textile Corp, which has been around since 1923.  Click here to visit the Burlington web site and to view their logo --similar as on the chip -- both the weave design and the rounded square border has changed a little over the years! .. ....  UPDATE: this mold is not in use anymore, has not been used to make chips in some 20 years.  It was donated to the Nevada Historical Society and is on display there. 





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MD-33 24 SUITS -- spade, heart, club and diamond, repeated six times.  This is the closest chip I have found that might be Bill Borland's mold #17, which has the same number of suits in the same order. ... ... The "DAM" chips I have, all have flecks of "gold" imbedded in, or printed on, the surface of the ends of the chips (so can't see this in the photo on the left).  They were probably put there for decoration, not like the very tiny brass or lead filings put in many chips for weight. ... ... .... Rare mold, but who cares?  Not found on casino chips; probably used for private poker chips. .........I have for sale (1) the chip pictured on the left -- gray; 25 cents on the reverse; and (2) a blue chip -- DAM on one side, 10 cents on the reverse. $3.00
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MD-34 SPADES (a/k/a Lazy Spades) -- 9 spades.  Rare mold.  Borland's mold #14.  Not used for casinos, rather for poker chips for private use (home games, Elks clubs, etc.).   No Nevada casinos ever used this mold...... .... ..... I just noticed (Sept. 2003) an original box of 100 of these chips on eBay.  They were made by Pacific Game Co., Inc.  There was a 1981 price tag ($34.99).  The box touted "Casino Clay-type Gaming Chips as used at world famous casinos..... available in 8 colors." ...............I have chips of this mold design, in red, white and blue, for sale; however, they are plain -- they have no hot-stamp image.   $3.00
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MD-35 16 SUITS -- spade, heart, club and diamond, repeated four times.  This is the closest I have found to Borland's mold #16 -- the same number of suits in the same order.  Rare, but just a plastic poker chip.  Roy Klein has the same chips (but with a clear center), also with a small circular "c", and says they were sold by " Custom Games" out of California in 1981.  The blank center was used for an imprint;  just now (Jan. 2, 2001) I won at eBay this same blue chip with the imprint BPOE 1554 and picture of an elk!......The chip for sale here is the blank blue one pictured to the left.  $3.00
MD-36 SUITS by BUD JONES. (inlaid) A sample of one of the many Bud Jones Co. (1965 to present), Las Vegas NV, plastic-nylon chips with card suits (pips) INLAID on the rim.  1970's-present (?).  The chip pictured has 4 suits on the rim, so the mold is called 4SUITS; others have 6 or 8 suits.  Some come with a metal coin inlay (1971 to present).  Note, again, that the suits on the rim are inlaid, not embossed......... .... Bud Jones® is now a brand name of Gaming Partners International®, USA, or GPI® USA.  Bud Jones does not exist anymore as  a company.  It and Paul-son were bought by the large french gambling supply house, Bourgogne et Grasset.  For a while the merged company was called Paul-son, but now it is called Gaming Partners International.  Click here for more information about the merger.  .And click here for an interesting web page that shows the variation in Bud Jones chips (size, color, etc.) today...The chip pictured is for sale.  It is from the now-defunct Embajador, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  $4.00
MD-36a SUITS by BUD JONES. (embossed suits)  See what is written above for MD-36.  Here the suit pips are embossed, not inlaid.  This one would be called 8SUITS.  Interesting that the sequence of the suits do not repeat themselves -- heart, club, diamond, spade is followed by club, heart, spade, diamond! None
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MD-36b SUITS by BUD JONES.   12 inlaid suits, plastic-nylon chip with decal inlay.  See what is written above for MD-36 and MD-36a.  I suppose this would be called 12SUITS.  I put the chip here to illustrate another type of suits mold.  Here the suits are in clusters.  (Don't call the motel, which used to be across the street and somewhat south of the old Aladdin; both are now gone.) None
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MD-36c LEFT ON TOP (LOT) - RIGHT ON TOP (ROT) DIAMOND VARIATIONS.  (Actually, they are mirror images of each other.) The scan on the left is from Dick Covington, who tells me that Pete Porro discovered this variation a few years ago.  If you  click here you will see Dick Covington's graphic explanation of the variation.  If you  click here you will see Pete Porro's scan of two identical chips, except for the LOT-ROT difference.  Incidentally, the diamond in MD-36, above, is LOT, and the diamond in MD-36b, above, is ROT.  ( LOT and ROT, by the way, are just mirror images of each other.) 
MD-37 HORSESHOE, CLOVER AND PIPS -- a horseshoe, a clover, and 8 pips.   Interesting mold.  I always wanted one and was greatly disappointed when I finally obtained it (this one).  Very flimsy plastic, as light as a chip could be!   Unknown makers/distributors. None
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MD-38 8 SUITS -- heart, club. diamond and spade, repeated twice.  This is a nothing chip -- made of a hard plastic.  I include it here because it matched Bill Borland's #15 mold design so well, and I couldn't find another chip like it, only some with a dashed ring around the center.  This chip (and Borland's) does not have that dashed ring...........I have this chip in red, white, blue and yellow. $3.00
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MD-38a will add more info soon.
MD-38b SUITS (4), THE -- Called "The Suits" mold by the owner of the mold:  4 suits and a broken circle.  It is a clay chip, as are all the other chips on this site, unless I say otherwise.  The mold is owned now by Nevada Jacks Co. (who purchased it in 2001 from the original owner, who created it in the late 1990's), and manufactured now by The Blue Chip Co, North Las Vegas NV.  Originally the chips were made by Atlantic Molding, and some of the first chips were used by Barona Casino (click here to see a Barona chip) which opened in the 1990's.  I have also seen a 25¢ purple hot-stamped Gold Country Casino, Oroville CA, chip with the mold design.   The mold has had a limited use in card rooms.  It is used exclusively now (Aug. 2005) for home poker chip sets sold by Holdem Poker Chips.com .   One of their stock poker chips is pictured at the left (I scored the embossed mold design with a pencil so it would be easier to see).  It is used solely for Holdem Poker Chips home sets; it is not used today for casinos and clubs.... .... ...... You may buy a sample $25000 chip here (and a full set at Holdem Poker Chips web site). $2.00





MD-38c




 4 SUITS AND HAT/CANE, repeated four times.   High-quality, 10 gram chip (introduced relatively recently) made by Paulson mainly for non-casino licensed games such as at private clubs and home games.  A poker player tells me he purchased a set with this mold from Apache Poker Chips in October 2006 for private home use.  Click here for a larger picture.

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MD-38d


16 CLUBS -- Each club is shiny, like the top hats in the Christy and Jones mold. This mold is new to me and everyone else I know. The chips are clay composition, same size and weight as other embossed mold chips of the mid 20th century.  I discovered it  from an internet auction I saw in November 2011, at Picayune, MS.  There were several hundred chips (most of them moisture damaged) of this mold, in several colors and with the names "Gerry," "Pleet," and "Mel" on them. Therefore, the mold wasn't a fluke or prototype -- it was actually used for large sets of chips. Click here to see the old chest and the hundreds of Club Mold chips I discovered.    Click here for a larger picture of the four different chips I have of this mold.  I'd appreciate any information on this mold. .... .......  I I have the four chips for sale here at $3 per chip.  



$3.00

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