POKER CHIPS

This page displays all of the Poker Chips that I have designed in reverse order…

Mexico Poker Chip

Above is the Mexico 2017 Poker Chip (200) which debuted in January 2017

Update: As of 8/22/17 there are 101 Mexico 2017 Poker Chips remaining out of 200

The colors of the Mexican Flag sweep across this Poker Chip. Cursed by the fact that I didn’t have these done in time for the run (the trip all came together on Wednesday just two days before the event) the Lizards reference was the first I have ever made on an item that DIDN’T get played on the run!  The centerpiece of the Mexican National Flag is on the side opposing the Lizard.

As always, the Mexico 2017 Poker Chip is Casino Grade Ceramic, and priced at $10 each on the lot.  Prices with USPS Tracking are as follows:

Prices with USPS Tracking:  1=$14, 2=$25, 3=$36, 4=$47, 5=$58, 6=$69, 7=$80, 8=$91, 9=$102, 10=$113

Paypal to phishcoins@gmail.com and off they go!  Get one for everyone in your crew…

The easiest way to purchase items is to visit my “Outside the Tube Designs” Etsy Page:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/phishcoins

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MGM 2016 Chip

Above is the MGM 2016 Halloween Poker Chip (200) which debuted in October 2016

Update: As of 8/22/17 there are 85 MGM 2016 Poker Chips remaining out of 200

This poker chip follows the rotating orange/black motif seen on all of my Halloween Poker Chips. THe Lion Fish doubles as an MGM and a Phish reference, and the MGM Lion graces the obverse side of this Poker Chip.

As always, the MGM 2016 Poker Chip is Casino Grade Ceramic, and priced at $10 each on the lot.  Prices with USPS Tracking are as follows:

Prices with USPS Tracking:  1=$14, 2=$25, 3=$36, 4=$47, 5=$58, 6=$69, 7=$80, 8=$91, 9=$102, 10=$113

Paypal to phishcoins@gmail.com and off they go!  Get one for everyone in your crew…

The easiest way to purchase items is to visit my “Outside the Tube Designs” Etsy Page:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/phishcoins

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Magnaball Chip

Above is the Magnaball Poker Chip (300) which debuted August 2015

Update:  As of 8/22/17 there are 231 Magnaball Poker Chips remaining out of 300

This chip was designed to commemorate the 10th Phish Festival, a.k.a. Magnaball.  The initial inspiration for this design was borrowed from the Watkins Glen International Speedway logo, which features red in the lower half, a checkered flag element in the middle, and a blue “track” running along the top of the logo.  I have attached an image of it:

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I wanted to mimic the checkered flag look with the edge spots of my poker chip design, and as stated above, the red to blue elements in the logo for Watkins Glen International.

The choice of a Formula One racing wheel was the obvious one here, and in the style of the legendary racing rims made by BBS, I tossed a YEM into the middle of the wheel.  The text on the tire is in the old school Firestone brand style, which I feel is synonymous with the tire industry.  The Wheel side of the Magnaball Poker Chip is a nod to the classic Phish song “Contact.”

On the flip side of the Magnaball Poker Chip, I wanted to stay with a cohesive racing theme, so I went with the classic checkered flag motif.  I stayed with the Firestone gothic styled font on this side for uniformity, and placed a denomination of $10 on the chip in honor of Magnaball being the 10th Phish festival. (did I need to explain that?)  As anybody who has ever attended a Phish festival knows, if you are there, you win, so I made this statement of gratitude to how lucky we all are to have this band in our lives!  The doodle below the checkered flags is my homage to Magnaball.  It is a Magnaball… (look closely)

As always, the Magnaball Poker Chip is Casino Grade Ceramic, and priced at $10 each on the lot.  Prices with USPS Tracking are as follows:

Prices with USPS Tracking:  1=$14, 2=$25, 3=$36, 4=$47, 5=$58, 6=$69, 7=$80, 8=$91, 9=$102, 10=$113

Paypal to phishcoins@gmail.com and off they go!  Get one for everyone in your crew…

The easiest way to purchase items is to visit my “Outside the Tube Designs” Etsy Page:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/phishcoins

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Miami NYE Chip

Above is the Miami NYE Poker Chip (200) which debuted December 2014

Update:  As of 8/22/17 there are 67 Miami Poker Chips remaining out of 200

This chip was designed to commemorate the 2014 NYE Run in Miami, Fl.  The decision to design a Poker Chip instead of a coin for this run was threefold:  1) My desire to capture the art deco vibe of Miami screamed of the necessity of incorporating color into the design.  2) Miami as a city actually has a long history as a gambling town, although many folks might not think of Miami as such like they do with Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe and Atlantic City.   3) It was too risky to design as coin when you-know-who might!

I chose American Airlines Arena as one of the two focal points of my design.  I also hoped to capture the essence of a night/day duality in this design, as a symbolic nod to the moving from 2014 into 2015.  The arena stands majestically over Biscayne Boulevard at night, and a disco ball full moon serves as a reference to the Fishman “Disco Cannonball” gag from the 2009 NYE Run.  The four stars in the sky above the venue represent the four members of the band, and the lone star on the far side of the disco ball represents the incomparable CK5.  My use of yellow, orange and red in the windows of the arena is a nod to the Miami Heat, who so graciously took a road trip so that this run could happen! Finally, In classic Miami style, a pink cadillac is cruising down Biscayne Boulevard on its way into the Rage Cage.   I would never drive a classic like that into the Rage Cage…

On the opposite side of the poker chip, I wanted to capture a daytime South Beach vibe. Few things are as iconic on South Beach as the amazing art deco lifeguard stands, and my favorite happens to be the round pink one located at the 10th Street entrance to South Beach!  Sadly, these lifeguard stands are being destroyed and reworked in just a few weeks, so check out these icons while they are still here to enjoy.

This lifeguard stand also tied in perfectly with the pink color scheme featured on the Arena side of the poker chip.  I used an art deco font on this side as a nod to the legendary TV show Miami Vice, and Auld Lang Syne is an obvious reference to NYE!  The $15 denomination marks the daytime transition into 2015.  Behind the pink lifeguard stand, you see a yacht waiting off shore for the drop being made by a Glider soaring above the Atlantic Ocean.  Crockett & Tubbs had better get out to South Beach fast, or it’s gonna be a RAGER at American Airlines Arena!

As always, the Miami NYE Poker Chip is a Casino Grade Ceramic Poker Chip, and priced at $10 each in the Rage Cage.  Prices with USPS Tracking are as follows:

Prices with USPS Tracking:  1=$14, 2=$25, 3=$36, 4=$47, 5=$58, 6=$69, 7=$80, 8=$91, 9=$102, 10=$113

Paypal to phishcoins@gmail.com and off they go!  Get one for everyone in your crew…

The easiest way to purchase items is to visit my “Outside the Tube Designs” Etsy Page:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/phishcoins

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MGM Chip

Above is the 2014 Halloween Poker Chip (200) debuted in November 2014

Update:  As of 8/22/17 there are 39 MGM 2014 Poker Chips remaining out of 200

The 2014 Halloween Poker chip was designed to commemorate the epic Fall Tour 3 Night run at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV.  For my 3rd Halloween Poker Chip, I decided to revert back to a black-dominant color scheme with orange accents, like my first Poker Chip commemorating the 2010 Halloween Run at Boardwalk Hall.

The venue side of the Poker Chip presents the iconic Lion of the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, in a dramatic orange and black to go with the Halloween theme. Above the lion is the name of the venue, the MGM Grand Garden Arena, and below is a commemoration of the 3 night run for Halloween.

The obverse side of the 2014 Halloween Poker Chip was inspired by the 2nd set on 10/31/14.  The design features the haunted house from the 1964 Disney Studios record entitled “Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House.”  This sound effects and narrative-based record served as the inspiration for the Phish “album cover” for  the 2014 Halloween show.   Anybody either in attendance at the MGM, or viewing at home on the webcast agrees that this was one of the band’s most adventurous and iconic sets in years.

It took a lot of thought and time to pull off, but I managed to work images referencing all 10 tracks from the “Chilling, Thrilling Sounds…” set into my design.  My goal was to do this while maintaining a cohesive design that looks and feels natural.  The 10 tracks are: The Haunted House, The Very Long Fuse, The Dogs, Timber, Your Pet Cat, Shipwreck, The Unsafe Bridge, Chinese Water Torture, The Birds & The Martian Monsters.  Most are fairly obvious, but I will run through each reference nonetheless:

The haunted house IS “The Haunted House,” the fuse coming out of the top of the cupola symbolizes “The Very Long Fuse,” and the silhouette of a wolf looms in the foreground, representing “The Dogs.”  A spooky dead tree in front of the haunted house symbolizes “Timber, while a black cat arches its back while standing atop a tombstone, referencing “Your Pet Cat.”

The track “Shipwreck” is part of a dual reference in the design.  I placed the NASA spaceship “Gemini I” in front of the full moon because this was the craft that was used by NASA for space exploration in 1964, the same year that “Chilling, Thrilling Sounds…” was released.  The “Gemini I” spaceship refers to the track “Shipwreck” because it crashed and burned as it reentered the Earth’s atmosphere.

A dangerous rope bridge connects one of the second floor windows to the roof of the porch in front of the haunted house, an obvious reference to “The Unsafe Bridge.”  The track “Chinese Water Torture” is symbolized by the two drops of water dripping from the end of the dead tree’s branch on the right.  A raven (they attack!) sits perched on the roof of the haunted house, representing “The Birds,” and to close it all out, the “Gemini I” spaceship doubles as a reference to “The Martian Monsters.”  Your trip is short!

I hope you dig the design as much as I do, and as always, the 2014 Halloween Poker Chip is only $10 on the lot, or priced as follows with USPS Tracking:

Prices with USPS Tracking:  1=$14, 2=$25, 3=$36, 4=$47, 5=$58, 6=$69, 7=$80, 8=$91, 9=$102, 10=$113

Paypal to phishcoins@gmail.com and off they go!  Get one for everyone in your crew…

The easiest way to purchase items is to visit my “Outside the Tube Designs” Etsy Page:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/phishcoins

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AC 2013 Chip

Above is the 2013 Halloween Run Poker Chip (500) debuted in October 2013

Update:  As of 8/22/17 there are 265 chips remaining out of 500

My 2013 Boardwalk Hall Halloween Poker Chip was designed with the intention of keeping with the theme of orange and black as I did for my debut Poker Chip in Halloween 2010.  However, I decided to invert the color scheme and go with orange as the primary color, with black accents.  The thinking behind this design was to recreate Boardwalk Hall in a simple and clean haunted house silhouette style.  Two vultures flank the venue overhead, and Axilla the witch flies past the Halloween crescent moon. There are 31 stars in the sky, and 31 bay windows along the boardwalk at the bottom of the venue.  The $31 denomination was a nod to the first chip I did, and I would assume that the $31 denomination will remain my choice for any future Halloween Poker Chips.

On the flip-side of the 2013 Boardwalk Hall Halloween 2013 Poker Chip, I tried to depict a verse from the song Guelah Papyrus: So maybe I could be a fly… and feed arachnid as I die!  A spider waits, ready to pounce on a fly that has been caught in its web. I reworked the red hourglass body marking found on Black Widow’s and created an orange hourglass (a Sand reference) on the body of this spider.  The goal for this Poker Chip was clean and simple imagery in which orange and black dominate.  Hope you like it as much as I do!  As with all of my previous poker chips, this one will be only $10 on the Boardwalk, or priced as follows:

Prices with USPS Tracking:  1=$14, 2=$25, 3=$36, 4=$47, 5=$58, 6=$69, 7=$80, 8=$91, 9=$102, 10=$113

Paypal to phishcoins@gmail.com and off they go!  Get one for everyone in your crew…

The easiest way to purchase items is to visit my “Outside the Tube Designs” Etsy Page:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/phishcoins

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Tahoe '13b

Above is the Tahoe 2013 Poker Chip (500) which debuted July 2013

Update:  As of 8/22/17 there are 335 chips remaining out of 500

My 2013 Lake Tahoe Poker Chip was designed with a couple of themes in mind.  First of all, I have been wanting to work a Roulette Wheel theme into a design for awhile, so I reconfigured a standard Roulette Wheel in to this design so that the numbers would be both legible, and have a color themed significance to them.  The dates of the 2013 Lake Tahoe Run are highlighted in the green spaces on the wheel, hence the “7, 30, 31, 20 & 13.”  With Phish’s 30th Anniversary looming on the horizon, I oriented this series of numbers so that the “30” was top and center.  The black spaces represent the 2011 run in Tahoe, hence the numbers “8, 9, 10 & 11” within these spaces to symbolize August 9th & 10th of 2011.  Finally, the red spaces are another nod to the upcoming 30th Anniversary, and I used the dates of Phish’s first gig in these red spaces, hence the “12, 2, 19 & 83.”  For the 3 remaining spaces at the bottom of the Roulette Wheel, I used a 4 and a 1 to symbolize the 4 members of the band, and the 1 cohesive sound that they create together on stage.  The red 17 space where the Roulette Marble lies is a nod to the 1996 Harpua narration in Las Vegas, Nevada, in which Jimmy places all of his money on the #17, and wins!

As for the flip side of the Lake Tahoe ’13 Poker Chip, I wanted to go with an Old West theme.  I fancy this design as being a taste of “Tour” in the mid-1800s.  The sign over the bank references “Clod” which is a middle phase of the song “Fluffhead” so this serves as a Fluffhead Sign to some extent.  There is also an intended reference to the song “Horse” in this design, as the carriage is being pulled by an overburdened horse. The stagecoach is loaded up with sleeping bags and all necessary items for a run to the west coast for Summer Tour.  I wanted the stagecoach to be a focal point on this Poker Chip because the old Harvey’s Casino in Lake Tahoe was called “The Wagon Wheel,” so this is a nod to the historic past of the venue for this run!  I chose a $13 denomination for the Poker Chip because it is my lucky number, and the year just so happens to be 2013.

The 2013 Lake Tahoe  Poker Chip was printed in a run of 420 Poker Chips, and is a Casino Grade Ceramic Chip meeting all specs required for casino play.  No gimmicky stickers printed and stuck on these chips, the image is actually embedded into the chip itself.

Prices with USPS Tracking:  1=$14, 2=$25, 3=$36, 4=$47, 5=$58, 6=$69, 7=$80, 8=$91, 9=$102, 10=$113

Paypal to phishcoins@gmail.com and off they go!  Get one for everyone in your crew…

The easiest way to purchase items is to visit my “Outside the Tube Designs” Etsy Page:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/phishcoins

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Above is the Bader Field Poker Chip (500) which debuted May 2012

Update:  As of 8/22/17 there are 135 chips remaining out of 500

This poker chip exudes the beach vibe of a summer run in Atlantic City, and also pays homage to Bader Air Field, the world’s oldest airport.  The beach side portrays the last verse of the tale told in the song Punch You In The Eye.  The $3 denomination alludes to the 3 long months on the open seas that Kayak Guy paddled before reaching Gamehendge.  The beach ball has PYITE written on it by a phan wanting to hear the song.  Chains and specks of islands curve where palm trees dip and seagulls swirl, and Kayak Guy has managed to escape from Gamehendge.  He has parked his kayak on a stone and yells across the ocean to his evil throne…  The Green Dolphin fin is a subtle reference to Trey’s “Green Dolphin Street” demo tape, recorded in New Jersey back in 1985.

The Bader Field side of the poker chip provides the dates of the run on the runway. King Wilson stands inside the “Control Tower” watching over his kingdom as a Glider approaches the tower on a kamikaze mission conducted by a rebel Lizard.  The faces and edge of the Bader Field Poker Chip will be aligned so that the edge spots have a wrap-around effect, and will be casino grade ceramic chips that will last a lifetime.

Prices with USPS Tracking:  1=$14, 2=$25, 3=$36, 4=$47, 5=$58, 6=$69, 7=$80, 8=$91, 9=$102, 10=$113

Paypal to phishcoins@gmail.com and off they go!  Get one for everyone in your crew…

The easiest way to purchase items is to visit my “Outside the Tube Designs” Etsy Page:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/phishcoins

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Above is the Tahoe 2011 Poker Chip (300) which debuted August 2011

Update:  As of 8/22/17 there are 151 chips remaining out of 300

 The Lake Tahoe Poker Chip was a no-brainer for me after how well received the Halloween Poker Chip was!  I was simply waiting for another appropriate opportunity for a Poker Chip, and this was the run.  I tried to stay in the realm of the theme I used for the Halloween Poker Chip by using a vintage look of Harvey’s Casino from its heyday in the 1950s.  The building pictured on this chip was actually destroyed in the early 1980s when a bomb was detonated in the casino area after an eccentric California millionaire tried to extort 3 million dollars from Harvey’s Casino after losing that much in a bad streak of gambling! The location and dates of the shows appear on the marquees of the casino, and the four stars in the sky symbolize the members of Phish.

For the flip side of the Lake Tahoe Poker Chip, I did my best to use a quintessential image of the beauty of Lake Tahoe.  In the water to the right of the isand in the lake, you can see Tahoe Tessie swimming by.  Tahoe Tessie exists in Lake Tahoe folklore dating back to the days of the Washoe tribe of Native Americans, who have many tales alluding to a large creature lurking in the depths of Lake Tahoe, which they called “Da-Ow-A-Ga.”  Leave it to the white explorers of the area to slaughter this pronunciation and thus incorrectly name it Lake Tahoe!  The use of the $46 denomination on the chip was inspired by the fact that the Lake Tahoe region first flourished as an American city as a result of the Coal and Gold Mining occurring in Northern California.  The reference to coal in this song made this the perfect fit.  Sadly, Lake Tahoe was used as a hub for the Timber industry to supply wood for the construction of these mines.

Prices for the Lake Tahoe Poker Chip are $10 each on the lot.

Prices with USPS Tracking:  1=$14, 2=$25, 3=$36, 4=$47, 5=$58, 6=$69, 7=$80, 8=$91, 9=$102, 10=$113

The easiest way to purchase items is to visit my “Outside the Tube Designs” Etsy Page:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/phishcoins

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Above is the SOLD OUT Halloween Poker Chip (666) which debuted October 2010

The Halloween Poker Chip was inspired by two things:  The fact that I did a Halloween Coin for Festival 8 in 2009 and didn’t want to do another one, and the fact that the 2010 Halloween Run was held in Atlantic City.  The Halloween Poker Chip is a casino grade ceramic chip just like those appearing in casinos worldwide.  It weighs 10 grams and is 39 millimeters in diameter, both specs matching casino standards. Unlike traditional clay poker chips, ceramic chips have the image embedded into the chip itself…  no cheap inlay stickers that can peel or wear away over time!

The Boardwalk Hall side of the Halloween Poker Chip was inspired by a vintage postcard from the heyday of Atlantic City in the 1940s.  The $31 denomination was chosen in reference to the 31st of October.  I felt that a dollar value needed to be on the chip and wanted to steer away from any existing chip denominations for obvious reasons.  The flip side of the Halloween Poker Chip is an evil jack-o-lantern, the quintessential Halloween symbol.  The rolling edge of the Halloween Poker Chip was printed in black and orange to mimic the edge spots of vintage clay casino poker chips…

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