"Old Rat" 1977-1982
Starting in 2001, some (all?) of the "juvenile mouse" tokens have a "C" on the cap. So far I am cataloging them as a variety of the juvenile mouse design. Design changed again in 2013, I don't know yet if any of the Juvenile mouse design will be made after 2012.
"Juvenile Mouse, C on cap" 2001-2013?
In 2013 the tokens were radically redesigned. Since Chuck seems to be regressing, I'll call this the "Baby Mounse" design. I assume this will be the design for the next few years, but too early to tell for sure what will happen next!
"Chuck E. Rocks" 2013 - present?
At least one of the 2006 tokens has a "Z" to the left of the mouse head. These seem to be scarce, but how many were made, why they were made, and if the "Z" appears on any other years are still unknown.
|Showbiz Logo||CEC Logo|
Sept 2012 - token listed on eBay with "CEC logo" as above on one side, and standard "jester head" design on the othere side. Sold for $4.99 + 0.99 shipping (I didn't see the listing until it had ended or I might have bid on it). I suspect this was a manufacturer's sample muleing two designs, in which case it may have been made later than 1990. Probably 25mm brass, but seller did not specify and hard to tell from scan.
25mm, NB, same image on both sides. I don't know yet how widely
this token will be distributed. If lots of CEC location use it, it will be
a fairly common token. If only a few use it, but may turn out to be quite
scarce. I would be interested in hearing reports of CEC location using it.
Note: (Feb. 2004) Rumor has it that 500 of these tokens were made and distributed to CEC managers. I am inclined to believe this, as the CEC location I talked to had not heard of them, and I have only seen one show up on eBay. If true, this isn't really a "game token" (more of a "medal") but would be one of the rarer CEC items for those who choose to collect it.
Note: (Jan. 2005) Another collector has heard that these were sent to all CEC stockholders (one each). Many managers received them being stockholders. This would suggest a mintage of more than 500, but still relatively small. Very few have turned up in collector hands.
CEC "Mardi Gras" Token
39mm, Al (anodized gold)
For a long time I have been hearing rumors of a "Chuck E. Cheese Mardi Gras Token" but I never found anyone who had actually seen one. The above token may be what some people were recalling. According to the information I was given, this token was passed out to attendees of the invitation-only CEC banquet in New Orleans (year?). Thus it is more of a "medal" than a "token" but it seems to be quite rare. Image courtesty the Liebermann family collection.
Four larger-size CEC "tokens" have been made
Super Token (left: anodized gold; right: not anodized in error)
"Super Token" (above) These were used and issued in Portland, OR for a special promotion in 1983-4.
I was recently send a scan of this CEC "wooden nickel" token. I don't know anything about it, but it seems to be pretty scarce.
I was sent a scan of the above token in 2011 but it appears to be older.
Yellow plastic, 32mm (this one is (c) 2002, other colors and dates may exist,
this is the only one I have confirmed)
Note! (7/04) These yellow plastic tokens have been showing up on eBay in large quantities (hundreds). They must be considered to be fairly common at present, although if most are redeemed for game tokens, they could be scarce in the future.
Note (1/05) These no longer seem to be showing up on eBay.
Large plastic token (right "stars and ball" variety)
Large Plastic token. According to a collector in Ft. Wayne, IN, the large plastic "tokens" were actually game prizes. A number of the games give out tickets, which can be exchanged for toys and the like. These large plastic tokens were low-end prizes that could be obtained for about 5 or 10 tickets. They were in use for about a year in the early 1990s. They do not seem to have been popular, as they are now fairly scarce. "Stars and Ball" variety has raised circle near stars one one side.
(2013) I have been sent scans of two new varieties of the large plastic token (above). I assume these are also prizes and would date to the same period as tokens with similar designs, but I have no information about them. 63mm in diameter.
A few tokens have the "old rat" on one side (no date) and "No Cash Value" on the other side (below). These tokens seem to be fairly scarce.
I have recently (~2000) learned of a "Juvenile Head" design that is undated, appeared in eBay lot (below).
Undated Juvenile Head
Over the Hedge
From eBay listing: "Here is a new set of Chuck E. Cheese "Over the Hedge" promotional tokens. The nickel plated coins are the same .984 size as regular Chuck tokens but have been specially minted to promote DVD sales of the animated film. You get five different tokens, each featuring a different character from the movie. The backs of the coins are all the same - Chuck's smiling face along with the year and the "Where a kid can be a kid" slogan. This is a special limited issue item that the restaurants are offering, you need to use a special coupon and purchase a package deal to get the Hedge tokens."
"Grundy's" Type I
"Grundy's" Type II
|"Charlie Cheese", dots betwen words||stars between words|
I was recently sent the scan below with the information: I came across your site while searching for any information about a long gone restaurant of the 1980's in Perth, Western Australia (I still live here in Perth). It was called 'Pizza Showtime Theatre' and had all the characteristics of these CEC & Pizza Time franchises, but there is no mention of its existence, only those 2 on the east coast of Australia. It opened about 1980 in Murray Street Perth, in a disused 1930's balcony cinema (the 'Grand Theatre') and closed only a couple of years after that. Pizza Showtime was a pizza restaurant featuring singing & talking animatronic animal characters performing on stage and slot/games machines that ran on tokens, which I still have a few and have attached a scan. They measure about 26mm diameter.
A CEC token used in Saudi Arabia. I don't have any information about it.
CEC experimented with an adult food, drink, and game parlor in some of the CEC locations that were not doing well. CEC's in Reno, Cupertino, and Tampa were converted to "Zapps." The Tampa location did quite well as "Zapps" but the other locations still did poorly even after the conversion. Note the similarity between the reverse of the Zapps token and the reverse of the CEC tokens. (more information about Zapps)
Original Zapps Token
Chuck E. Cheese seems to be experimenting with adult food locations again. Here's some information I received recently: Hartford's is located along Interstate 35E in Lewisville, Texas, at the cross of Corporate Dr. Hartford's is the new concept store from the brains at CEC Entertainment Inc. It is much more for the adult crowd as there is a full service bar included. Lots of tv's decorate the walls turned to different sports channels. They even have screens in the bathroom. Their specialty item is baked pizza. The reason you cannot find any information on the place is that it is a test store. A 2nd location will be built before advertising will start. When first introduced almost a year ago , the small game room used tokens. They have since switched to quarters and bill readers. Note: Hartford's token also known copper-plated.
TJ Hartford's token (reverse same, but "OC" mintmark under date)
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