Fantasy baseball drafts are rapidly approaching and many leagues are going to decide to play for a trophy. The guys of “Stealing Signals” of Chicago are one such league. Mike, the commissioner of the league, reached out to me and had a few questions regarding the Armchair Ace. He admitted that his call was really just to pacify other league members who were on the fence over playing for a trophy. Mike also informed me that he’s in a fantasy football league that plays for The Throwback so he understands what a trophy can do for a league. I have no doubt that they’re going to experience the same excitement once the Armchair Ace shows up and represents their league for years to come. As Mike said, “It all boils down to getting your name on the trophy. The money is just gravy.” Good luck Mike. I’m pulling for you. – Dave
As I sit in a campground in Moab, Utah, getting ready to skydive, I, for some bizarre reason, started thinking about how FantasyTrophies.com came to be. Fantasy Trophies started way back in 1993 when I was going to art school at Kent State University and decided I’d sculpt a trophy for my fantasy football league. I was taking all kinds of classes that emphasized looking at naked people all day so that I could learn about human anatomy. One of those classes was life sculpture. Even though I was a painting major, life sculpture turned out to be one of my favorite classes. Anyone that has ever taken a sculpture class knows the demands of trying to capture a likeness or the subtleties of the human form. I thrived on this challenge.
It was in this class that the idea came to me to sculpt a figure that would become my fantasy football league’s crown jewel- The Fedele Trophy. I grabbed some clay and went to work sculpting a figure based off of my cousin Johnny. Talk about an uncomfortable phone conversation when I asked him to model. My cousin was all in though and loved the idea. After some preliminary sketches, I went to work. The figure was probably completed in about a month or so and then I had to make a soft plaster mold and pour the trophy using a much harder casting plaster. After it came out I painted it and then mounted it on a pine base.
Looking back now I realize what a piece of crap it was. However, that fantasy football trophy turned out to be the impetus for what would later become a business run first out of my parent’s garage and now out of a shop in Brooklyn, NY.
You never know when a great idea will strike. I’m just glad I had one while going to college. One in 4 years isn’t so bad I guess. I’m not sure the idea to skydive will go down as one of those great ideas. We shall see. Photos to come later.
I just wanted to again mention that I’ll soon be taking a much needed family vacation and won’t be in the shop to fill any fantasy football trophy orders that come in. Try not to panic though, I should still have plenty of time to get any orders that come in during that period out before you have you have your draft. I realize how important it is to have your trophy for the big day and you have my word that I’ll do my very best to get it out to you by then. It’s always best to get your order in sooner rather than later though to ensure your trophy will get out my doors in a timely manner. It gets really crazy around here in late August, early September.
Zachary L. could be the youngest fantasy football champion in the history of the sport. This five year old won his uncle’s league, The Big Sky Moonlighter’s League, and captured the coveted Throwback Mini trophy you see here. Even better is that he did it in the league’s inaugural season. Bragging rights are clearly his and I’m sure his league is in for some serious trash talking from young Zachary for years to come.
Great job Zachary!
As the fantasy football season approaches I inevitably receive a few emails asking me for my opinion on which trophy I’d recommend for their league. As many of you know, my league has been playing for the Armchair Quarterback for nearly 20 years but it’s primarily because it was the very first trophy I sculpted. It has history on it’s side. However, I can obviously see the allure of the Throwback. The only real advice I give leagues on what trophy they should go with is this-
If you’re in a league where guys are scattered all over the country and you’ll be shipping it every year- I’d go with the Armchair Quarterback. It’s just less likely to break in transport. The Throwback has been known to occasionally break if it’s not packaged correctly and even sometimes when it is. And let’s face it- do you really trust that one buddy of yours to package it correctly?
If the Throwback does break it ends up costing you $275 for just the sculpture top. The Armchair Quarterback can still chip or break but it rarely does if packaged the right way. It just has less fragile parts.
Either way you’re clearly getting what I believe is the greatest fantasy football trophies in the world today but choose wisely. After all, soon your trophy will have it’s own history and hopefully it won’t include how your drunk friend thought his crumpled up sports page would be sufficient enough to wrap it in for its cross country journey.
Good luck this season,
It’s been pretty hectic at FantasyTrophies.com lately. Mainly because I recently decided to take part in the Fantasy Football Fest in Atlantic City. Even though it’s not until August 18th and 19th, I’ve had to start building the backdrop for my booth along with putting together some material to handout. Make sure if you’re planning on going you stop by and say hello.
This is also the time of year though that I really try to build up some inventory for the start of the fantasy football season. I’m trying my best to have trophies ready to go so that when your league needs their trophy ASAP I’ll have it packaged up and out my doors within a few days. That’s the plan. Now back to work so that I can make that happen. – Dave
I’d like to first thank all of the leagues out there that sent in photos for our second annual Wall of Fame Photo Contest. With over 25 entries it was much harder to decide on a winner than I thought it would be. That said, in the end I decided to go with the photo of Gabe Montemayor giving a stiff arm to his son Tyler, while holding the Throwback. The fact that Gabe beat Tyler in their league’s Super Bowl and then added insult to injury by going “Walter Payton” to his face was what put them over the top in my opinion.
Congratulations! Their league decided on the Ultimate Loser large base trophy as their prize.
Your league can win a trophy too! Make sure you get your photos in for this year’s contest. You can send photos in even if your league is already on the Wall of Fame. Get creative, a single photo can earn your league a FREE Ultimate Loser large base trophy or one of our mini trophies.
Just send your entries to Dave@FantasyTrophies.com by March 31, 2012.
Ultimate Loser recipients are also welcome. That is if he or she lets you take their photo.
This post is simply to put a little fire under the asses of all the league commissioners out there who take procrastinating to a whole new level. You know who you are.
I hate to say it but it’s inevitable that I’ll hear, “hey Dave, can you get our trophy out to us by our draft? It’s this weekend.”
Guys who have ordered from me in the past know that I do my very best to make that happen. After all, having your trophy on draft night is what it’s all about. However, I have a feeling that some leagues have been putting off ordering their trophy because they wanted to see when the NFL lockout was going to end. Well, it’s OVER! Football is coming and so are the early orders.
Here’s to hoping you’re one of them.
Fantasy baseball season is right around the corner and FantasyTrophies.com will be a member in the FSTA Expert’s League. The Fantasy Sports Trade Association recently held a conference in Florida and Pat and I flew down to be involved. While there we both took part in drafting a fantasy baseball team that is actually still being drafted online. It’s a 14 team, standard 5 X 5 league that consists of 29 draft picks. I’ll go on record right now and throw out my first excuse by saying that I haven’t done a baseball draft in nearly 10 years. Pat and I had NO IDEA who to draft and even though I follow baseball closely the guys we were up against design software for fantasy baseball and fantasy sports in general. While we were busy crossing out names the old school way everyone around us had their magazines and laptops out. Magazines that they helped write I might add. I’ll be posting our team soon so check back and tell us what you think. -DM FantasyTrophies.com