Yes, doubles! Let's start with Elk Valley, where you can play cards with the elk. (How boring. They just stand around with poker faces.)
Got an Elk Valley chip in the Convention Trade session, as best as I remember, perhaps from Reggie. Although I was pickin' up chips left 'n right so I might be wrong. I knew Elk Valley was a relatively scarce item. So I took it, hoping to list it on eBay.
Not noticed was the hairline crack in the chip, which appears to have intensified in current days. From the high temperatures? Or maybe my imagination? Last night I looked in my albums and having finally found my existing Elk Valley chip, I did a double take! The chip from the Convention is hot-stamped in gold. All other Elk chips I've seen are in silver.
Not only that but when I went out this afternoon to take a photo - I noticed the PIP things around the outer ring are also different colors. Light grey for the silver, and a very light tan for the gold. Anyone else ever notice this? And suddenly my cracked chip . . . isn't looking that bad, after all.
Yesterday I went to the Pechanga, wondering if they have any new-design chips, since the casino logo is in the process of changing. New logo is a P shaped like a cavalry-man's sword, if you have a vivid imagination. No chips with that design, but . . . in the Poker Room I noticed a $1 chip much darker than the others. Rushed to the cashier and bought 20 dollar chips, and sure enough, five were like that - black or very dark purple lines and lettering, versus the lighter blue of the other dollar chips.
Back down to the first floor to buy another 15 one-dollar chips from a somewhat befuddled blackjack dealer. Five of those were the black kind, too. Could all Pechanga chips once have been that color, but wore down to blue over the years? Don't think so; my Pechanga blue $1 of about 5 years ago still looks nothing like the black ones, which are all in near-mint condition. The rims are of different colors too. As if Pechanga re-ordered or found some unopened boxes in the vault.
Don't know if this color variation is enough for a ChipGuide or CashCoin listing but here's a scan.
J. Eric Freedner