Here's my Alps keycap 12 course meal / sampler platter.
#1 - White on gray doubleshots
This is a really cool set from what I presume was a typewriter or word processor. Some of the keycaps have front-printed blue sub legends.
#2 - The out-of-towner
These caps are actually from an Alps buckling spring keyboard that was the center of my frustration for several months. I think they're a really good example of pad printing done well. The legends and the profile are a bit bland for me, though.
#3 - White on gray pad prints
This is a pretty high quality set which is also pad printed pretty well. The keycaps are decently thick and feel like PBT to me, but I could be wrong about that.
#4 - Blue on gray doubleshots
These are also from a typewriter. If the profile was a little bit taller, I'd really like these.
#5 - Fun caps
This set is from some sort of video editing machine. The colors are really cool and there are even a few more colors to the set (but I'm too lazy to grab the board those are on).
#6 - (not so) Fun caps
Now this is my example of really bad pad printing. I can appreciate the thickness of the caps themselves but the printing on them is unforgivable
#7 - (even less so) Fun caps
And here is probably the worst set I own. These feel so cheap, it's difficult to describe. Any attempt at a description falls shortof how terrible these are.
#8 - The Chameleon
This set I included because I love the color. They look good with almost anything!
#9 - Xerox Docutech
These are really cool and have some fun legends on some of the keycaps. All of them are dyesub except for the "STOP" key which is doubleshot in a cool orange color. That keycap looks amazing up close but unfortunately the color combination doesn't translate very well at a distance.
#10 - Sculpted and boxy
This is another typewriter set. I used the alphas on a keyboard with SKCM undampened creams and they feel amazing. Lots of funky shapes and some of the keycaps are flat, which I found interesting. Seems like whatever these came on was probably an expensive item at the time.
#11 - See through
These are from an old Matias board that I got as my secret santa gift. I'd never seen see-through alps keycaps, nor had I ever seen SKBM switches!
#12 - NExT
Finally, caps from a NExT keyboard. There aren't many white on black Alps keycaps and these are certainly a nice specimen. I don't care for some of the funky symbols like the "power" keycap but perhaps someone out there likes those. Unfortunately, I have the majority of this set out on loan to someone trying to design a kit for a group buy. Hope to get them back soon and put them to good use!