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Dark Side of the Moon from the Oh By The Way Box set

Japanese and most other mini LP replicas are usually 13.5cm by 13.5cm (5 3/8 inches square). They are slightly taller than (but about the same depth as) standard "jewel case" releases (which are not square).

The thickness depends on the type of cover.  A single sleeve cover (one that does not open out) is quite thin (about 2-3mm thin). Gatefolds are more than double this on the spine (about 6-7mm or thicker).  Some covers are thicker still as they have a large number of inserts or are tri-fold (or more - such as "Yes - Yessongs" which is 1.3cm thick at the spine).

Some non-Japanese replicas are larger in all dimensions (such as "Neil Young - Harvest").

There are also some Japanese replicas that are larger such as "Curved Air - Ariconditioning").

 
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Front cover (main) image of UICY-9522 (fake) : Aerosmith : Pump (Real of Fake?)
UICY-9522 (fake) :

Here is a comparison between a genuine official copy of Aerosmith Pump made by Universal and a Russian counterfeit copy. In the picture, the real one is on the left and the fake is on the right.

Front cover (main) image of SF-303 : Flower Travellin' Band : Make Up
SF-303 : 2004-12-20
Highly unusual packaging - a fake leather attache breifcase / portfolio.
 
Front cover (main) image of anon-queen-opera : Queen : A Night At The Opera Box
anon-queen-opera :
Home made box featuring art work from Queen's "A Night At The Opera". Images for this box were anonymously donated to the MiniLPs site along with the assurance that only a few of these were made for close friends.
Front cover (main) image of WPCR-13142 (fake) : Led Zeppelin : Fake Led Zeppelin - 40th Anniversary Definitive Collection (Zoso Box)
WPCR-13142 (fake) : 2009-01-01

This fake Led Zeppelin 40th Anniversary appears to be made in China. You would find it hard to pick a sealed copy of this as being anything other than than the real deal.

Inside it is also remarkably similar but has some significant, obvious differences in packaging including: (a) the CD comes in a flimsy loose fitting bag (b) Physical Graffiti has no cut out windows and (c) III (3) has no turning wheel.

The CDs also have the tell tale extra ring in the middle but this is much better disguised than usual.

Unusually for fakes these have the catalogue number and an IFPI code (CC 303) on the silver side of the disc.

 
Front cover (main) image of Die Cut Covers : Hall of Fame : Die Cut Covers
Die Cut Covers :

Die cutting of the cover image or inserts is probably the most common technique employed to create gimmick covers. It's probably also in most cases the cheapest.

There are thousands of die cut covers. Here are a few of the more popular and best known releases.

Front cover (main) image of BVCM-37083 : Presley, Elvis : Elvis Presley
BVCM-37083 : 2000-01-08
This is the eponymous first album from Elvis Presley. It is the first rock & roll album to reach number one on the national charts (holding at number 1 for 20 weeks) and the first million dollar selling pop album.
 

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