I remember reading about a Society of people who have the hobby of collecting Chess sets that are unusual but I've forgotten the name of this club. There was a writeup on this Society a couple of years back in Chess Life Mag. Maybe try googling it as those people in that club should know more about the beautiful type of set that you have there.
A society of people... sounds interesting. I'll look into it. Thanks.
I hope its worth a fortune mate.
There looks like bubbles on the white squares.
Thanks a lot. I appreciate that.
I found a couple of similar sets on shopgoodwill, Goodwill's online auction. All they say is "vintage" (which has a rather slippery meaning on their website) and Mexican. One set lists it as being made of wood and resin with resin pieces. It's an interesting set..enjoy!
Thanks a lot. I appreciate the info. I'll go on the site and search for it and see what I can find.
Everyone, I am visiting Playa Del Carmen right now, just south of cancoon. There is a tourist street here, 5th ave, there is like 5 or 6 stores here that sell that exact chess set. I am picking up an even nicer one tomorrow for 1500 peso's. I know the guy is probably taking a loss on the set but it' s not something that most tourists pick up here. He asked 2700 peso's earlier in the day. I seen that set here today and I belive most shops are asking around 1700 peso's but all are willing to negotiate as you can see from what I am getting this for. I will post some pics of it when I get it.
I really hope this helps everyone.
I hate to burst bubbles but that is a cheapie Mexiacn tourist, set the pieces molded from resin. Might be worth about 30 dollars on a good day.
It's a pretty large set and measures 19" and 3" high when opened. I don't see how it could be less than $100-$150
I'll give you $5 for it.
Don't know if you are still following this, BUT, I have the same set. It Is NOT a Cheapie Mexican Tourist Set, as stated above. Some details left out are that this is VERY HEAVY, over 20 pounds. It is old, having been in the family since the 1950's. I am not disputing that it is mass produced, and in fact found this post while trying to research the history of the set. If anyone ever gets some solid info, I'd love to hear it! We originally thought the board might be ivory in part, but I'm unsure.
Stick the pieces in the oven for half an hour if they melt it is a cheapie. If it doesn't melt you have your answer they aren't resin. Microwave might work better.
OP hasn't been on for five months.
Maybe they will get an email. AND, not putting 60+ year old chess piece in the micro. I have a friend who works at the DMNS museum that I intend to brain pick! But thanks for the tip!
This is a 20th century Mexican tourist set as many have said. (There's no ivory in the board... though not all ivory sets are rare or expensive either.. my cheapest ivory set cost me $10.) It's made from crushed malachite and resin and it will melt if you stick a hot pin in it, so don't. You can get these for a $50-$200 on eBay pretty much all the time. The society of chess collectors is CCI, Chess Collectors International. There are also a couple eBay chess collecting groups, one of which is very big but has been quite dead lately.
I also have one of these sets...It is a very ...very ..beautiful set. I loaned my to my sister for a while..and she returned it with broken pieces.. I was sooo angry. I have had my for over 20 years......I will never let it go. I was looking for extra parts to replace my broken pieces. I still don't know where to get them from. Where did you buy yours.
Are there any chess players that would actually buy a set like this? Seriously, playing with these pieces would be a pain. Plus, you can see from the close up pic that it is resin molded. You would be lucky to get $50 for this.