"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. 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.
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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.