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hostamps vs. inlays

Discussion in 'Chip Collector General' started by mizuchaud, Apr 11, 2008.

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hotstamp or inlay, what's your preference?

  1. Hotstamp baby!

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    20.3%
  2. Inlay all day

    25 vote(s)
    42.4%
  3. ehh, even for me

    21 vote(s)
    35.6%
  4. huh? AKA "who cares?" AKA "why am I reading this?"

    1 vote(s)
    1.7%
  1. mizuchaud

    mizuchaud Creativity Alliance

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    How many people here prefer hotstamped chips over inlaid chips?

    For some reason, maybe due to the nature of design challenges that a hotstamp designer faces, I appreciate the hotstamp more.
    It also has physical aspects that are attractive to me. The hot process and it's resultant melted bits of clay around the stamp, the glint of the gold foil, the mostly typographical nature of the hotstamp....

    I'm not bashing inlaid chips. Heck, punched inlays and a simple design get me sweaty pretty quick. But these days, I'm all about hotstamps.

    Vote!:)
     
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  2. joepro

    joepro Well-Known Member
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    Remember, this is chiptalk. I think "all of the above" would win in a landslide. I have some new hotstamps on order but am looking to get a bud-jones type ceramic, and, wow, those asm inlays are pretty sweet. Hope that helps!
     
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  3. mizuchaud

    mizuchaud Creativity Alliance

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    joepro, I don't think so... I think inlays are gonna bust this wide open.
    I actually think I am in the minority on this.
     
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  4. SuckoutKing

    SuckoutKing Well-Known Member

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    I voted Hotstamp. But, lets face it inlayed chips are what brought use here. They are on every chip in every casino. Thats what we know best and have come to love. However, hotstamping is coming around. Since the old days I am seeing some pretty intricate designs and foil options. You obviously can't achieve the clarity of an inlayed design but hotstamping allows for some very unique customization. There is a certain special feel to a hotstamped chip a wow.
     
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  5. tastic

    tastic Well-Known Member

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    Have sets of both and I'm a good daddy...I play no favorites. :happy:
     
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  6. Couga

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    I voted both. I have said it before and I will say it again. Chips are like art to me. I have two sets of hotstamps and one inlay set. I have a custom inlay set in the works and after that is completed, I will be content. But it is like asking if you think oil paintings or sculpture is more artistic. Chips are chips, I love 'em all as long as they are creative.
     
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  7. mizuchaud

    mizuchaud Creativity Alliance

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    I have both cash and tourney inlaid sets as well as two hotstamped tourney NCV sets.

    I prefer the stamped ones.
    It's more like a 60/40 thing right now though.
    :)

    It's hard to find a readily available inlaid Paulson set that isn't god awful design-wise.

    There, I said it.
     
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  8. detroitdad

    detroitdad Well-Known Member

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    I'm a huge fan of the Hot Stamp.

    I think a great custom inlay can look nice, but to me they bring the appearance of those beautiful chips down a notch.

    I want to see the chips in all their glory with a very simple hot stamp!!!!

    Lock the thread, I have spoken!!!!!!!:wink::wink::wink::wink::wink:
     
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  9. mipevi

    mipevi Well-Known Member

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    Voted even. I just got my first custom hotstamped chips as an addition to my custom inlayed Coconut Club set. I love all the chips! :happy:
     
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    I voted both. When I joined I was all about the inlay, but now I'm getting into hotstamps. My favorite casino chips are the hotstamped fractionals. Mmmm, tasty!
     
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  11. whataboutj

    whataboutj TAG extrodinare

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    I voted "Even". A good inlay does as much for a chip as a good hot stamp does. Both are awesome when done correctly.........both can be awful if done incorrectly

    Over the almost two years I have been on CT I have watched the trend/fad shift from lots of semi custom ceramic GB's to semi custom clay inlay chips to an assortment of full custom clay inlay chips/options, to the current trend of custom hot stamped chips. I say trend because HS is what is going on now - something else will surely come up before the end of the year which will shift the focus again. It's the nature of the chip beast. Last year at this time it was Matsui custom chips.......the current GB for Matsui's isn't getting enough people to get it done :sorry:

    BTW I am very into the HS trend right now too :wink:
     
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  12. Matthew

    Matthew Super Moderator
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    I'm partial to hotstamps myself...

    [​IMG]
     
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  13. links_slayer

    links_slayer Master of the 3-Putt Par
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    Abso-friggin-lutely

    I think the only reason I voted for Inlays is because you can get a bit more creative with the design.
     
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    Stop that; you're making me all gooey.

    I :heart: solid hotstamps.
     
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  15. jamby

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    As much as I love hotstamps, I love nicely done inlaid chips even more.
     
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  16. kmalsom

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    Well, let's see....

    Have an inlaid custom set.
    Working on a Hotstamp custom set.
    Have plans for another inlaid custom set.
    Have plans for a ceramic tourney set.
    ...

    I think I just have a problem.... :wink:
     
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  17. Nate PT

    Nate PT Well-Known Member

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    I voted even, both can look great. Personally though I'm not a huge fan of hotstamped edge spotted chips. Some can look alright, but I think with edge spots you almost need an inlay over a stamp. I think with a solid chip a hot stamp or an inlay can look equally good. My first set ever was hot stamped solid TR Kings, which I sold and have regretted ever since. Im in on the suicide king stamp to try and heal that wound with some solid neon-type BCC chips. Im also thinking of designing a custom set which will either be ceramic or inlaid ASM.
     
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  18. WolfPack

    WolfPack Faux Clay Nation

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    i used to be all about inlays and didn't like hotstamps. but after having some and seeing some of the ones on here i now like hotstamps better.
     
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    I like BOTH the same! Too hard to choose between a great hot stamp and a great inlay! :)

    [​IMG]
     
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  20. smux3

    smux3 Well-Known Member

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    I thought that I loved inlays then I won big with a bunch of hotstamps --- all that gold glittering at me....
    Then I won big with inlays.......Yum!
    Perhaps I'm not in the majority on this sight but as far as I'm concerned, anything that represents a bunch of cash is very, very pretty.
     
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