Made in New York still has a nice ring to it for many people. Count the Japanese in that category. The Japanese television show, “Made In New York,” decided to stop by my shop the other day and do a feature on FantasyTrophies.com. I was initially contacted over a month ago and they asked me if I’d be interested in giving their viewers a taste of how I go about creating my trophies. I was all in. A member of their team, along with a translator, showed up at my studio shortly after to do a preliminary interview and see if everything would work out. After trying to explain what fantasy sports are I was then able to show them some of my process. Both agreed that Fantasy Trophies would make for a perfect segment and that their viewers definitely haven’t seen anything like it.
When the film crew arrived I had all of my trophies laid out. I gotta say, seeing all of them at one time is pretty impressive. It’s easy to forget how many variations I have and how each trophy captures the essence of the sport. The film crew seemed to agree. I gave them a brief history of how Fantasy Trophies came to be including how my cousin Johnny became my model and how I even designed and drew the logo. Then I went through a few parts of the process before they filmed each trophy and wrapped things up. It was great experience and I look forward to seeing the finished episode. And who knows, maybe fantasy sports will become huge in Japan as well.
Look up golf trophies on the web and you’re going to find exactly what you’d expect. Gaudy, plastic, piece of junk golf trophies with tiny gold painted figures on top that are made in China. Until now. I was out to change that when I sculpted the Mulligan golf trophy. The Mulligan was different than my other trophies because I wasn’t sculpting it with solely fantasy sports in mind. Even though there are fantasy golf fans, I knew that this golf trophy needed to cross over into the world of real sports leagues and golf tournaments. Guys would email me saying that they wanted a cool golf trophy to represent their family outing or a yearly tournament at work or with friends. Keeping that in mind, I grabbed some clay and got to work. With every design I first start by asking myself, “What would I want to play for?” From there I feel it’s a lot easier to achieve something that other sports fans would be thrilled to have. After several weeks the Mulligan was finished and I introduced it to the public. He’s gotten rave reviews from fans of FantasyTrophies.com and I can’t tell you how exciting it is when a guy says it’s the perfect trophy to represent his golf tournament, league, or even a hole in one.
See for yourself and tell me what you think.
A golf trophy that has been months in the making is finally here. I’m proud to announce the Mulligan trophy is finally up on FantasyTrophies.com and ready for golf fans everywhere to check out. When I started FantasyTrophies.com in the mid 90’s I always thought about doing a golf trophy that would be similar in style to the Armchair series and the Throwback. I just wasn’t sure if I would sculpt a trophy that would be primarily fantasy golf based or something golf enthusiast everywhere could relate to. I eventually chose the latter. The Mulligan trophy, with the large base, stands 8 1/4″ x 8 1/4″ x 17 5/8″ H and is 11 pounds. Like all of my trophies, it’s made from a cast resin and given a hand painted bronze finish. All of the bases are made out of solid oak and given a hand rubbed polyurethane finish. Each large base can hold a total of 24 smaller plates along with the larger trophy title plate. It even has a nice sized divot that can double as a holder for that miracle hole in one ball.
What do you think?
The perfect golf gift for dad. That is what people keep telling me the new Mulligan golf trophy can be. I gotta say, now that it’s completed and almost up on the site, I see what they’re talking about. I speak from experience. My father-in-law is a huge golfer and each year my wife and I get him a gift for his birthday or Christmas that has some kind of golf theme to it. Everything from boring collared golf shirts to typical personalized golf balls have been given. This year though I sense it’s going to be different. This year the Mulligan trophy is going to be that golf gift that Dad remembers and doesn’t burry in his closet. Now we just need to think about what I should engrave on the plate.
My parents paid FantasyTrophies.com a visit yesterday and got to see the new Mulligan golf trophy. It was in their Cleveland garage back in 1993 or so that FantasyTrophies was born. I first started sculpting the Armchair Quarterback there while going to art school and then moved on to doing the Armchair Ace and Armchair Big Man. I bet they never dreamed that I would’ve been able to turn that first trophy into a business that I now run out of Brooklyn, NY.
Both gave their approval of The Mulligan.
The golf trophy I’ve been sculpting for the past few months, the Mulligan Trophy, has finally moved onto the mold making stage. I gotta say, I’m extremely excited for this trophy to get up on the site (FantasyTrophies.com) so that golf fanatics everywhere can have an opportunity to play for the most unique golf trophy on the market today. Hopefully I’ll have my first cast by this friday and I can then send photos off to my web guy. I’m pushing to have it up on the site within 3 weeks. Thanks for your patience. – Dave
Here is a little video showing the sculpting of The Mulligan golf trophy. As you can see, it took quite a few days and beers to finally finish it. Now it moves onto the mold making stage and then the website. It’s almost ready so be patient. – Dave
A Fourteen-year-old, named Tianlang Guan, shot a one over 73 at The Masters today! Yes, a FOURTEEN-YEAR OLD! He was the youngest golfer ever to compete at The Masters and wasn’t even born when Tiger Woods put on his first green jacket. What amazes me almost as much as Guan’s accomplishment is the way some people reacted to what he actually did. I think in our fast paced, constantly changing news cycle and twitter world, some people have lost the reality of truly stunning news. THE KID IS FOURTEEN and played arguably one of the toughest golf courses in the world. Think back to when you were a pimple faced, hormone raging fourteen year old that could barely get through the day, let alone compete in The Masters. Absolutely AMAZING. Don’t lose site of that!
Over the years I’ve had numerous people ask me if I was ever going to sculpt a golf trophy. Not a trophy that would be specifically designed for fantasy golf, but rather a trophy that could represent their office league or be given as a gift to a lifelong golf fanatic. A trophy that would truly embody the physical demands riding around in a golf cart while drinking a six pack can put on the body. Well, that time has come. Yesterday I started sculpting a golf trophy that all hackers can be proud of.
As you can see, he’ll still have that same “athletic build” you’ve come to expect from all of my trophies. The only difference is he won’t have his classic man slippers on his feet.
Keep checking in- I hope to have it completed in a few weeks.