I don’t take on many custom trophy request but this particular one caught my interest. I was asked to sculpt a trophy with the likeness of a league commissioner’s late Grandfather. He also wondered if I could have him holding a giant cigar in one hand and have a few coins in the other. After receiving a few photo references I got to work. The beauty of doing some of these custom trophies is the customer usually wants one of my existing designs altered a bit to fit their desired idea. This trophy was no different. He loved the Armchair Quarterback and asked if I could add the new features to the existing sculpture. No problem, I said. Magi-Sculpt is the perfect material to use for a project like this because it gives me a decent amount of sculpting time and it dries as hard as a rock. It also takes paint extremely well and allows me to finish the trophy with the same bronze coating I use for all of my designs.
After grinding off the parts of the original Armchair Quarterback that were no longer needed, it was time to work on the new face, shirt, hands, and pants. Each custom trophy I do has it’s own set of challenges but this one was particularly unique because I had to capture a likeness of someone on a very small scale. Overall I was really pleased with how it turned out and I can’t wait to hear from the commissioner and the guys in his league.
Thanks for your interest.
Over the years I’ve gotten quite a few questions regarding how I decided to make my first fantasy football trophy. It was back in 1993 and I was going to art school at the time. Even though I was a painting major I was required to take my fair share of sculpture classes. My favorite was life sculpture which was a 3 hours class that met twice a week. It was there that I decided I would take some of the clay we were given and use about a third of it to sculpt a fantasy football trophy. You see, I had won my league in it’s inaugural season in 1991 and I knew I needed to make a trophy that would represent our league for years to come. We were playing for a cash prize at the time but a trophy would make winning the league that much more exciting and the champ would have ultimate bragging rights. After all, I feel that is really what fantasy football is all about. The cash is nice but it’s gone in a matter of weeks and then your championship is more or less forgotten. A trophy though would keep a history of the league. Each champ would have his name engraved on a plate along with the team name and year and thus remembered forever.
It took me a few weeks to finally finish the sculpture of the Armchair Quarterback and then it moved on to the mold making stage. The initial trophy was plaster so the mold was a throw away mold made out of a softer plaster that would get chipped away. After I gave the trophy a bronze finish I built a base out of wood and had plates engraved for the first few years. I unveiled the trophy at our fantasy football draft and my buddies went nuts.
Our league is finishing up it’s 26th season and 7 of the original 10 guys are still trying to desperately win it all. Now we have 14 teams and the competition and desire to win our “Fedele Trophy” has never been so intense. Even though a few team owners have changed over the years, one thing will always remain the same –the desire to win THE TROPHY!
Are you looking for the perfect gift idea for your dad, husband, boyfriend, or anyone else who happens to love fantasy football? This short list then is for you.
5. Membership to TheHuddle.com
Keeping up on injuries, hot players, sleepers and busts of the week is vital if one wants to dominate his or her league. Being able to go to one website that is entirely devoted to fantasy football is the only way to go. The Huddle provides just that. With breaking news on individual players and articles that cover what’s relevant for that particular week, it’s a source that every diehard fantasy football lover should take full advantage of.
4. A Recliner for the Man Cave
Every fantasy football owner deserves to watch 12+ hours of football every Sunday in total comfort. The best way to do that is in a chair specifically designed for viewing pleasure, the infamous recliner. Feet up, beer in hand, box of pretzels at your side and no interruptions for endless hours of football bliss sounds like fantasy football heaven to me.
3. Craft Beer of the Month Club
Cracking a beer as you sit down to watch the first football game of the day is music to the ears of any fantasy football fan. Now imagine if the beer is from some of the best microbrews in the country and it was delivered right to your door. That is what you get when one joins a beer of the month club.
2. NFL Sunday Ticket on Direct TV
Face it, fantasy football is about watching as much football as you possibly can and the only way to do that, in the comfort of your home, is to have The NFL Package on Direct TV. Not only can you view each game but they also have a red zone channel that only displays which team/player is about to score. Pure genius.
1. A FanatasyTrophies gift certificate!
Plenty of leagues play for a cash prize, but playing for trophies of this caliber takes one’s league to an entirely different level. Handmade in Brooklyn, NY, these trophies not only perfectly represent what it means to be a fantasy football fanatic, but they also keep a history of the league by having each winning team engraved on a championship plate. The toughest decision is figuring out which trophy represents the league better- The Throwback or The Armchair Quarterback. The beauty of a gift certificate though is that you don’t have to make that call, he does.
Anyone that knows my Dad knows that he is no doubt the hardest working man you’ll ever run across. I guess when your formative years are spent in Italy, as a shepherd boy working on a farm, it tends to have an influence on who you become. Let’s just say the word “work” isn’t in his vocabulary. I can’t tell you how many times I heard, “Son, don’t think of it as work and, before you know it, it’ll be done.” So when my parents said they were going to come visit us in New York City during my busy season, I knew that my Dad had giving me a hand as his idea of a vacation. Hey, he was offering so I was accepting. Plus it gave us some time to connect since he’s in Cleveland and I’m in NYC and talking on the phone isn’t either one of our strengths. He came with me to the shop twice and I put him on finishing bases while I filled the numerous orders that came in just before draft season. Once I put on the 50’s station on Spotify I knew he could go all day without even thinking of taking a break. Break? I don’t even think he would’ve asked for a drink of water if I didn’t offer one up.
One thing I do know though is that I haven’t had that type of productive day in a long, long time. And learning a few dance moves was an added bonus.
Thanks Dad and you’re always welcome at FantasyTrophies.com. I’ll provide the music and water.
It’s been a crazy few months filling fantasy football trophy orders so I haven’t really been disciplined when it comes to the blog. I apologize. However, I’m going to be rolling out a few things in the next few weeks and trying to catch up on some of the news that occurred over these past weeks. Here is one thing that happened. I was featured in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Thank you Paula Katinas for writing a nice little article on FantasyTropies.com. Check it out here:
It’s Thursday and I ran across an old photo of me with the original Armchair Quarterback fantasy football trophy. Thus I had to post it as a #TBT (Throwback Thursday). It’s gotta be circa 1995. As you can see I have one sweet tux on and the trophy looks a bit different. That’s because the original trophy was made out of plaster. The base is also pine instead of solid oak. As for me, I look exactly the same. Ok, not quite.
Well, this post is obviously overdue but I’ve had a few guys email me asking if I won my fantasy football league. I didn’t! I lost by 8 points in the championship game. Mainly because I kept Shane Vereen in my lineup instead of inserting Matt Asiata who went on to score 21 points. Something I will never get over. The news of Blount being out for the Patriots swayed me in the wrong direction and the wound it created has yet to heal. It would’ve been my 4th title overall and 3rd in 7 years. In my league that would’ve allowed me to start talking dynasty. Instead it ended in utter disappointment because of my boneheaded move. Oh well, there’s always next year. My leagues 27th and counting. -Dave
A fantasy football trophy that deserves this kind of praise!
THIS photo entry is going to be tough to beat. Thanks to the guys of the “Signal 7 Heroes” league for sending in their entry for the Wall of Fame Photo Contest.
Today was spent prepping the Throwback Fireman fantasy football trophy so that it could receive a brush-on coat of silicone. It’s somewhat a tedious process but one that needs to be done in order to insure every detail of the original sculpture is present in the final cast. You can see in the photo that the brush-on coat is very thin. We do this on purpose so that very few air bubbles appear on the surface of the sculpture and if they do we can easily pop them. We’ll let this cure for 24 hours and then tomorrow the remainder of the silicone will be poured.
The ultimate fantasy football trophy for fireman is finally on the site and ready to represent your firehouse. Yes, the Armchair Quarterback Fireman is now LIVE on FantasyTrophies.com. What’s unique about this trophy is that you can add a customized helmet by clicking on the “plates” button on the homepage and putting your firehouse number. I then sculpt it on the helmet before bronze finishing the trophy. Pretty awesome!