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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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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 for Firemen

Having a fantasy football trophy specifically designed for firemen has always been something that I’ve thought about.  This year it became a reality.  A few weeks ago I was contacted by a fireman down in Florida who was wondering if I could add a firefighter’s helmet to the Throwback with his engine companies number on it.  I decided to give it a shot. When it was finally completed, I was so pleased with the result that I knew I needed to add a similar helmet to the Armchair Quarterback.  Fate pushed my hand.  It was only a few days after finishing the Throwback that I received and order from a firehouse in NYC for a regular large Armchair Quarterback.  I knew it was for a firehouse because of the name they wanted engraved on the main plate.  It had both the engine and ladder company numbers.   I gave Dan, a fireman at the station, a call and asked if they’d be interested in having an Armchair Quarterback trophy with a fireman’s helmet instead of the customary leather one.  Dan was thrilled with the idea and said he’d was going to surprise his league with the new trophy.  A perk for me was the fact that I was able to arrange a day that I could hand deliver it myself to the guys at the station.  Let’s face it, who doesn’t want to visit a NYC firehouse?

It’s rare that I feel short in an environment, being that i’m 6’2″, but this was definitely one of those rare times.  Dan and a bunch of the other guys towered over me.  Dan unveiled the trophy and the guys couldn’t have been happier with the result.  The fireman’s axe next to the recliner was a small detail that they really seemed to like.  Overall  the entire experience was just as rewarding for me as it was for them.

Now I just need to get both trophies up on the site.  Thanks for the photo guys.

If you’re a firefighter and interested in either trophy contact me at Dave at FantasyTrophies.com 

PS- Thanks for the photo guys.

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A fantasy football trophy for the firehouse

 

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Engraving Plates for Fantasy Football Trophies

I’m in the middle of getting bombarded with plate orders and almost forgot I had to engrave a plate for my own league.  It’s always tough engraving a plate for the fantasy football trophy I SCULPTED when my name isn’t on the damn thing.  It’s especially tough engraving a plate though when my buddies Bill and Dan won the league again!  That’s three titles in the span of 10 years.  A feat that has never been pulled off in the history of my league.  They’re the only three time champs, along with myself, in the 24 years our league has been in existence.  I just pray they don’t go back to back.  I’ll never hear the end of it if they do.

Congrats you jerks!

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Bill and Dan- 3 time champs
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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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Fantasy Football Trophies- Hand Made Bases Abound

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This week we’ve been redoing the silicone molds on both of the fantasy football trophies and, since we can’t cast any trophies until they’re completed, we’ve also been building trophy bases. As many of you know, our trophy bases are made out of solid oak and are given a satin polyurethane finish. Since they’re hand made they take a good amount of time to finish so stocking up on them during fantasy football’s offseason is crucial. After all, I know every fall I get the panicked league commissioner begging me to get his trophy shipped out to him ASAP or else his league is going to vote him out. Having an inventory of trophies on hand has probably saved dozens of commissioners from a fantasy ousting.

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Fantasy Trophies – Football Is Near

It’s May and that means base building at the shop. With baseball in full swing and hockey and basketball entrenched in their playoffs, orders at FantasyTrophies.com always seem to slow down this time of year. However, work doesn’t. This is prime season for stocking up on trophies for football season and also building bases. As many of you know, our bases are made from solid white oak and given a poly finish. This enhances the rich dark color of the bronzed trophies and really sets off the black engraved plates. I plan on making a video soon on the process each base goes through before it’s shipped off to a customer, but for now, just be assured that all bases are definitely given A1 treatment.