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!
I think the time has come for the fantasy football trophy I sculpted for the police to move onto the mold making stage. It’s always tough to put the carving tools down and say a sculpture is finished, but I feel this trophy has reached that point. The handcuffs are completed, the nightstick is done, and his glasses and hat are about as good as they’re going to get. Not to mention the donut is perfectly perched on the edge of the armchair and his mustache and shoulder holster looks right out of “Barney Miller”. For all you police officers out there, please be patient. He’ll hopefully be ready for pictures by the end of the week and then he just needs to go up on the site. -Dave
The Armchair Quarterback Policeman fantasy football trophy is almost completed. Recently i’ve been working on sculpting his gun that rests in a shoulder holster. As you can see in the photo, it will will be tucked under his left armpit and peak out just above the armrest of the recliner and the top of his belly. I have just a few more details to add, like the handcuffs, bullets, and nightstick, and he should be ready to move onto the mold making stage. I know the cops here in Brooklyn are waiting for me to finish this guy and I don’t want to get on the NYPD’s bad side.
I’ll keep you all posted on his progress. – Dave
A fantasy football trophy specifically designed for the police is what brought 6 cops from the New York City Police Department to Fantasy Trophies yesterday. The last time we had that many police was when a guy crashed his motorcycle up the block and then fled on foot before being pepper sprayed, tackled and restrained by what seemed like half the department right outside our doors. That was quite a memorable day at FantasyTrophies.com, but I digress. Yesterday was a bit more mellow as Ali, Mike (Snaps), Johnny, Joe, Mike, and Joe all took time on their day off to come by and see the progress I’ve made on the NEW fantasy football trophy, the Armchair Quarterback Policeman. As you may have read in a previous post, the idea to create such a trophy grew out of an email I received from Ali a few months ago. He was wondering if I could sculpt a trophy for his own fantasy football league that he and 11 other members of the NYPD were in. Of course Ali is the reigning champ so he really wants the trophy ASAP. At the time I wasn’t able to do it but, after sculpting a similar trophy for firemen, I realized that a trophy for the police had to be next on my agenda.
In email exchanges with Ali over the past couple weeks we came up with some really great ideas. His and my enthusiasm for the project led to having some of the guys from his league swing by the shop to take a sneak peak and “brainstorm” over what else could be added to the trophy. After BS-ing a bit about how I’ve been involved in fantasy football since 1990 and how the original trophy came to be, it was time to go inside and take a look. The guys were definitely pleased with what they saw and my mind was put at ease when they all laughed at the sculpted donut that was resting on the arm of the recliner. A touch they all appreciated since their league is call the “Dunkin Donuts Lounge.” All of them also really liked the 1970’s mustache he was sporting and aviator glasses he had on. After discussing a few design options we all came to the same conclusion. The new sculpture would have a gun secured in a shoulder holster that would subtly peak out above the rim of his belly. It would also have an old school police baton that would rest on one side of the recliner with a set of handcuffs on the other and a few randomly placed bullets and crushed cans. I gotta say, getting feedback and input directly from cops in the NYPD regarding a fantasy football trophy I’m sculpting for them is something I NEVER thought I’d be a part of when I sculpted my first trophy nearly 20 years ago in my parent’s garage back in Cleveland, Ohio. The journey and relationship with fantasy sports I’ve had has taken me on some pretty interesting paths. This one with the new police trophy I feel though is just beginning. Stay tuned to the trophy’s progress.
Here is your own little sneak peak at the trophy in it’s development. If you have any questions contact me at Dave at FantasyTrophies.com.
A few months ago I received an email from Ali, a policeman here in Brooklyn, asking if I would be able to sculpt a fantasy football trophy for cops. At the time I was busy stocking up on inventory for the beginning of football season and said I wouldn’t have the time and that a custom trophy would cost quite a bit. Though disappointed, he understood and said if I ever developed a trophy specifically for cops he’d be the first to order one. A couple months later I found myself having a similar conversation but this time with a fireman in Florida. The difference however was that I had some free time and thought I’d give it a shot. The Throwback Fireman would soon be born. I liked the results so much that I put it up on my blog and since then have sculpted an Armchair Quarterback Fireman to rave reviews. Both trophies will soon be available on FantasyTrophies.com.
Re-enter Ali. Seeing that I went ahead and sculpted a trophy for fireman and not the police, Ali reached out to me once again. He was incredibly enthusiastic about seeing a similar trophy sculpted for cops and went gave me a number of reasons why it would be a great idea. It didn’t take much convincing. I knew it would be a hit and something I’d really enjoy doing. The great thing is that Ali and a few other Brooklyn policemen want to stop by the shop at some point to help work with me on the overall design and to brainstorm some ideas. One thing that I definitely wanted to be a part of the design was a nice mustache and aviator glasses. I was so excited with the idea that I got right to work. As you can see, the Armchair Quarterback Policeman is well on it’s way and a fantasy football trophy that will stand alone to represent policeman everywhere.
If you have any questions please email me at -Dave at FantasyTrophies.com
A fantasy football trophy as a cake? Yes, that is what one lucky couple decided to have for the groom on their lucky day. Hopefully the little frosted guy made it through the night and is now sitting in a frozen recliner in their freezer for one year in order to bring them some good luck. Well probably more for the groom’s fantasy team to have good luck, but that’s neither here nor there.
Recently I was asked if I could sculpt a fantasy football trophy for a group of firemen in Florida. I knew that sculpting a trophy from scratch would be way too expensive so the idea was floated to just put a firefighter’s helmet on The Throwback. I’ve done a few other small alterations to both The Throwback and The Armchair Quarterback in the past so I knew this idea could work. I soon got to work and added a helmet to a large Throwback by sculpting it out of Magic Sculpt. Magic Sculpt is a two part paste that, when mixed together in equal parts, hardens after a few hours. It’s perfect because it gives you a good amount of time to sculpt what you want and it’s paintable. Once it was done, I liked it so much that I decided to have my buddy James make a mold of the head so that I could cast more in the future. The pictures below are of the sculpture during the mold making process. I’ll have more photos in the near future and we’ll see how it turns out. Stay tuned. – Dave
The Mulligan golf trophy was released about a month ago and, by the early response, he’s definitely going to make his mark on the golf world. I’ve heard from a bunch of fans of FantasyTrophies.com that the Mulligan is the perfect trophy for their golf tournament, skins game, or to commemorate a hole in one. I knew when I was sculpting the Mulligan that I had something pretty special on my hands. One of the things that I do before I sculpt any trophy is to do some studying of the competition and research other trophies on the market. What I realized was that there is a lot of crap out there when it comes to golf trophies. Go ahead and look for yourself. Google search golf trophy and you’ll be amazed with the amount of junk you’ll discover. I knew I wanted something different and a trophy that would really speak to true golf fanatics and +10 handicappers everywhere. The Mulligan I feel is just that. And by what fans have been telling me, I’m not alone.
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.