Oversized Check Printing, Custom Made in San Diego:
- Fade resistant UV inks
- Custom order to any size up to 48”X96”
- High resolution 1440 dpi print
- Printed on high quality, durable foam board
- Custom designed with your organization’s branding
- Dry erase lamination available for reusable big checks
- Paper-mounted to avoid glare in flash photography
- Life span of 5+ years with proper care
Large novelty checks are a sure-fire way to grab the attention of your audience at any event. If you need to celebrate a big win, big checks are an excellent way to make your honorees feel special. Sure, these giant checks will not be cashed at most banks, but the memories they make are truly priceless. If you want your monetary contribution to make a lasting impression, custom big check printing might be the solution for you. Our design and printing professionals will help you design custom giant checks to include your company logo and artwork. Don’t pass up an amazing photo opportunity to celebrate a successful partnership!
Great Ways to Use a Novelty Check
Surely you’ve seen giant checks in the paper or on your local news station. They are an excellent way to draw attention to a cause, but there are countless other ways they can be used as well:
- When awarding money to a non-profit or cause
- Recognizing a contribution
- To announce winners of a tournament, sweepstakes, or contest
- As wedding gifts, rather than a simple check in a greeting card
- For scholarship recipients
- At the end of a fundraising campaign
- To celebrate a partnership between brands or organizations
- Prank your friends into thinking they won the lottery
The Origins of the Giant Check
Versions of checks have been used since ancient times. The Romans traded types of official money orders, as did some early muslim caliphates. Oversized checks began to appear in the so called “Golden Age of Photojournalism,” the period between 1930 and 1950. As compact commercial lenses and flashbulbs became widely available to newspapers and their staff, more of the events of day to day life were able to be photographed for publication. Recognizing the public relations opportunity that such a photo presented, many companies and organizations began to use novelty checks as a photo opportunity that could help them gain wider visibility. To this day, the oversized check is a staple public relations tool for companies and organizations to promote their events and partnerships. While paying by check is becoming less and less common in daily exchanges, the oversized check remains an incredibly popular feature for publicized money exchanges.
Can You Actually Cash a Novelty Check?
In theory, yes. But in practice, we recommend awarding your honoree with a regular sized check that they can take to the bank. While the checks we use today are by and large standardized, most banks do not have hard and fast requirements for what exactly constitutes a check. Theoretically, any item with all of the right information on it (routing number, account number, signature, address, etc.) could be considered legal tender.
That said, you shouldn’t push your luck. Some banks do specify which mediums of checks they will cash or deposit. Some may accept the check, but charge you a hefty fee for processing. But just to be extra sure, we recommend that big check printing clients make a subtle marking on their giant check to invalidate it. Giving a small check on the side and saving the giant check for photos and keepsakes makes everything easier for everyone.
Big Check Printing with Dry Erase Lamination
If giving out cash winnings or charitable contributions is a regular occurrence for your business or organization, our custom big checks allow for the option of dry erase lamination. With dry erase lamination, a single oversized check can be used over and over again. You will be able to fill in the details specific to each award with a common dry erase marker. Once the event is over, simply wipe away the writing and store the check until the next occasion arises. In this way, dry erase lamination for your oversized check can save you tons of time and money.
Our normal big check printing process paper mounts the image so that glare is not a problem with spotlights or flash photography. However, due to the glossy nature of dry erase lamination, laminated giant checks do tend to produce some amount of glare. It is best to keep this in mind during the ceremony or any photo opportunities, but on the whole, adjusting for this issue is not much of a hassle. Just make sure to tilt the oversized check slightly away from any cameras or spotlights in order to avoid unsightly glares.
Life Span of Large Novelty Checks
In regular indoor conditions, the high quality UV ink that we use in our big check printing process can last for more than 5 years without showing any signs of fading. Lamination, proper handling, and safe storage will also help to extend the life of your giant checks. This means your custom oversized check printing can make a great memento for its honoree, something worthy of framing and hanging in the office board room. Of course, framing the check for display is another great way to extend its lifespan considerably. The big checks may even last longer than their winnings!
Our team will happily hand deliver our custom giant checks to all of San Diego and South Orange County.
Once we have completed your big check printing, we will ship it to you anywhere within the United States. Depending on your order size we may offer free or expedited shipping. Please contact us using the form to get the exact details.