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A Fantasy Baseball Trophy Makes All The Difference

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

The Armchair Ace, fantasy baseball trophy, is on it's way to Chicago.
The Armchair Ace, fantasy baseball trophy, is on it’s way to Chicago.
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Making a Mold for the Throwback Fireman Fantasy Football Trophy

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 brush-on coat of silicone goes on The Throwback Fireman
The brush-on coat of silicone goes on The Throwback Fireman
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The Armchair Quarterback Fireman Fantasy Football Trophy is Live!

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!

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Dan and Brian of Engine 80/Ladder 23 in the Bronx show off the first ever Armchair Fireman

 

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Police Fantasy Football Trophy Moves Onto Mold Making Stage

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

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The fantasy football trophy for the police is ready for the mold making stage.
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Police Fantasy Football Trophy Almost Finished

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

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The police trophy is getting closer
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Fantasy Football Trophy for Police Officers

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

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A custom fantasy football trophy for police officers is well on it’s way

 

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A true fantasy football trophy for cops everywhere

 

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A True Fantasy Football Trophy for Firemen

The Armchair Fireman is finally finished and now he just needs to go up on the site.  Before that happens though I wanted to introduce him to the fans of FantasyTrophies.com through the blog.  As you can imagine, the firehouse will never be the same as every guy will no doubt do whatever it takes to get their name on the trophy.

If you’re interested in an Armchair Fireman contact me at Dave @ FantasyTrophies.com

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The NEW Armchair Fireman fantasy football trophy
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Detail of the Axe

 

 

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Fantasy Football Trophy- The One That Started It All

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The original Fedele fantasy football trophy- circa 1994

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.

Dave

My buddy Mario with the new Fedele fantasy football trophy
My buddy Mario with the new Fedele fantasy football trophy

 

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Making the Mold for the Golf Trophy

I’m always trying to improve the process by which each trophy is produced.  One of the ways to do this is to look at each mold and see if it can be made smaller to fit in the pressure pots.  Pressurizing the resin as it sets up ensures that few or no air bubbles will be present when we take the cast out.  This also lessons the time it takes to prep a trophy for the painting stage because air pockets need to be filled before a trophy is finished.   Another way to improve the casting process is to streamline it in any way we can.  This week my mold maker James tackled making the mold for casting the clubs for the Mulligan golf trophy.  Instead of doing one at a time, he’s building a mold that will capture 10 fiberglass rods that will become the shaft of the golf club.  The resin will flow down the 2 part mold into small cavities forming the club heads.  It’s a time consuming process building a production mold like this but in the end it will be one more example of how we’re always trying to improve upon things at FantasyTrophies.com. 

One half of the new mold for casting the golf clubs for the Mulligan golf trophy.
One half of the new mold for casting the golf clubs for the Mulligan golf trophy.
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The Mulligan Golf Trophy is Finished

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?

Dave

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