Even as a newb, I know classically and historically it’s a 5. But we’re being asked to judge the inlay simply on aesthetics?I couldn’t give it a 5 because it has no color. And it’s definitely a classic and I’m really not bashing it, but looking at it critically, it looks like somebody drew it on a napkin during a conference call, it’s hard to read, and I’ve never understood what’s going on with the M. I had to give it a 3.
Do you know anybody who still watches a black and white TV? Is anybody manufacturing black and white computer displays? Does iPhone make a black and white model?Do black and white photos/graphics always score lower than color ones.
That's been tried, and it usually gets crucified by the masses (Aria, Bellagio, Aurora Star, etc.).If there's color on the chip and its edge spots, why not keep the inlay sober, and, if possible, classic and classy?
I agree. Let the chips do the talking. Unless the chips can’t stand on their own then spruce up that inlay with more color.If there's color on the chip and its edge spots, why not keep the inlay sober, and, if possible, classic and classy?
The Mapes, actually, cannot rank as classy, because of the fonts and all, but being simple, color-wise, they could apply for classic.
All jokes aside, I prefer when the inlay takes a back seat, and quietly compliments the chip, allowing the clay to stand out. I love simple inlays like Mapes, Nevada Lodge, and even ESPTs. All those sets are considered grail sets by most, and all would lose a step if they had some fancy full colored inlay. That's why I made my Cali Rounders set with a simple black & white inlay. It goes great with bright and bold colors that are well designed across the set, allowing the chips to shine. If the inlay gets too busy, or if it's full colored, it just takes away far too much from the chip for me. I want simple, clean, elegant inlays. Almost always.