The Maxell GX is a long lived series of cassettes. I’m sure I’ve seen earlier sleeves, but here are the ones currently in my possession.
This is a real Maxell Japan shell. It’s very distinctive with its cross-hatching.
They are made of very sturdy hard plastic with distinct diagonal hatching patterns. The bottom also has a license number, likely related to the need to license the VHS design from Victor Company of Japan (JVC).
This is the spine of the later one with the original label attached.
It is likely all the above were made in Japan, high quality stuff.
There was also a later relatively plain blue sleeve, although I don’t have the cassette that was inside this one.
Another quality cassette in my experience, but as it is a later model GX, this is not as distinct as earlier cassettes. The paper sleeve artwork is quite attractive.
The cassette is not very distinct with the two-holes by three prongs cut-out being very standard, as is the message on the flap and cross-hatched surface, although the brand is moulded into the tape cover. The original label is still applied on this cassette.
The underside isn’t very special either. It’s quite generic.
The difference can be seen in the coded print on the spine – assembled in Malaysia appears in the labelling area and was a characteristic of these cassettes.
The label provided for the spine was a little smaller than regular ones.