FAQ: Can chips with oversized inlays be relabelled?

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Can chips with oversized inlays be relabelled?

The short answer is No.

Here's the longer answer...

First, by "oversized" we mean that the artwork extends past the recessed inlay area, into the mold rim. (This includes GPI/Paulson's "giant" and "grand" sizes, among others.)


For example:

* Horseshoe Cleveland primary $2.50
* JACK Detroit Grand Opening $5 and $25




It's definitely possible to put a label on such chips, but it will most likely look terrible (or at least, weird) because the label cannot cover the entire inlay. It's not feasible to have the label riding up over the edge of the inlay recess, and there's also no way to mash the label cleanly into the mold (hats and canes.)

In the case of chips with faux shaped inlays, most of the inlay outside the recessed area is a solid color (which might be alright if it were left uncovered by the label) but some portion of the faux shape usually extends past the edge of the recess area. It may not be all of the outermost parts, and it may not extend very far, but it's enough to be noticeable, and it can't be covered by the label.

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Removing an oversized inlay is possible, but replacing it with a giant-inlay-sized label is never going to look good. Getting the label to cleanly fill in the hat-and-cane mold impressions isn't going to happen. Technically you could put a regular-size label into the middle area and leave the outer rim empty but that would just look weird.
 

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@Gear does this include the Casablanca $5s? I can’t remember if I’ve asked you this before.

They aren’t a full oversized inlay, but they are larger than standard.
 

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does this include the Casablanca $5s? They aren’t a full oversized inlay, but they are larger than standard.
Kinda. Several of the Casablanca chips have slightly oversized inlays, which you can get away with labelling over IF the label you're applying is the same color as the inlay.

For example, here's a Casablanca $1 label on a Casablanca $100 chip:


(pic borrowed from @AfterTheFact's thread)

However, if the inlay is (say) white and you wanted to put a black label over it, you'd still see some of the white.

Removing & replacing such inlays does work OK.
 
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