The UEFA European Championship 2016

Here at Spike’s Trophies, we know there’s nothing like the thrill of a player speeding down the pitch, exhibiting exquisite touch on the ball as he moves around defenders on a breakaway. Nothing quite like the roar of the crowd when a crossing pass is met with a goal-scoring shot. In case you haven’t heard, it’s championship season in soccer and this year, tens of millions of fans will be watching their team compete for gold.

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Known colloquially as The Euros, The Union of European Football Association Championship is the one of the largest international soccer championships, second only to the FIFA World Cup (two years away). 55 teams compete to qualify for the 24-team tournament. The teams face off throughout June and early July.

 

The UEFA Euro Championship started in 1960 and have been held every four years since then. In 1927, the French Football Federation secretary, Henri Delaunay proposed the concept of a Europe-wide soccer competition where each nation’s best players would compete for their home team. In 1955 Henri Delaunay passed before seeing his dream come true, but in 1960 The Soviet Union won his memorial trophy in the first championship.

 

The Henri Delaunay Trophy was created by Henri’s son, Pierre two years before the first official tournament. The trophy was redesigned after almost 50 years for the 2008 tournament. The current iteration is made entirely of sterling silver, it weighs 18 lbs and stands 24 inches tall. The trophy is fashioned in a Greco-Roman style similar to a vase and has two braided handles on the side. The winner of the championship holds the trophy for four years until the next tournament and has their country’s name engraved on the back. The first, second and third place winners of the tournament also receive gold, silver and bronze medals respectively.

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This summer, 24 European national soccer teams will compete to be crowned the greatest. The final game of the tournament will take place Sunday, July 10th.

 

At Spike’s Trophies, we love watching a good tournament. If you’ve got a championship coming up, consider taking a look at our crystal awards in Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware; While you’re there, take a look at some of our customizable items like personalized name badges or spirit wear.

 

 

 

 

Awards Spotlight: The Wimbledon Challenge Cup

Here at Spike’s Trophies, we know there’s nothing like a baseline rally between two titans. Nothing like the ball coming off of a racquet at near one-hundred miles per hour. Nothing like a lunging volley that results in winning a match, we think it’s exhilarating to watch a competition in one of the western world’s oldest sports.

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A short flight across the pond will land you on the grass of tennis’ most hallowed courts. Wimbledon, located in London, England is the most famous single event in all of tennis. Legends of the sport have played there for over a century, many raising The Challenge Cup above their heads in victory. The likes of Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Roger Federer and hundreds before them have competed for a chance to hold the cup in all the glory of tennis’ biggest stage.

 

Since 1883, men have competed to be the champion of the Wimbledon tournament. Since 1888 The Challenge Cup has been presented to the winner. Wimbledon, one of the four Grand Slam tournaments is different from all other major tennis tournaments for one very important reason– It’s played on grass. Tennis courts are typically either hard surfaces or sometimes, clay. Grass is a much different surface, easily eroded by the player and affecting the bounce of the ball much differently.

 

Partially due to the novelty of the venue and partially due to the fabled history of the tournament, it’s estimated that Wimbledon attracts nearly half of a million global visitors during the competition.

 

The Challenge Cup stands eighteen inches high and is almost eight inches in diameter at its widest point. It’s made of silver gilt and is inscribed with the phrase “The All England Lawn Tennis Club Single Handed Champion of the World.” Winners of the cup aren’t allowed to take it home and only hold the trophy for a few minutes. They are instead given a three-quarter-size replica to keep.

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At Spike’s Trophies, we celebrate the things worth celebrating. Whether it’s the greatest championship in tennis or just the office softball championship. Whether it’s Wimbledon’s Challenge Cup or an intramural sport trophy for your team in Delaware. So if you need a custom trophy for your New Jersey Sport’s team or a sport trophy for your team in Delaware, you can count on us.

Awards Spotlight: The Claret Jug

At Spike’s Trophies, we know there’s nothing like the thrill of a crushed drive that launches the ball hundreds of yards, over the hazards and onto the green. Nothing like an eagle on the 18th hole that results in a win. Whether it’s the most famous jug in the sport of golf or a custom trophy in New Jerseyfor your local tournament, it’s always something special to see a player commemorated for their performance.

 

The Open Championship, (referred to as The British Open in the U.S.), is one of golf’s greatest tournaments. This year will be the 145th time golf pros from around the globe come to compete in one of the four major golf tournaments. The British Open is the oldest current golf tournament in the world. First held in 1860, it has a long history.

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The Claret Jug (official name: The Golf Championship Trophy) was first awarded in 1873, the winner from 1872, Young Tom Morris’ name was engraved on it. The first outright winner of The Claret Jug was Tom Kidd. The award was won a record six times by Harry Vardon in the decades after Tom Kidd received the first award.

 

The award is presented by the Royal and Ancients Golf Club of St. Andrews based out of Fife, Scotland, known as the “Home of Golf.” It stands just over a foot tall and is silver in color. The winner has been presented with a replica of the trophy each year since 1928. The original is maintained by the R&A Club with the new winner engraved on the base each year. The winner of the tournament also receives a gold medal as part of a tradition dating back to the year before The Claret Jug was first awarded.

 

Over the past decade, the jug has been awarded to golfers including Tiger Woods, Padraig Harrington, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and Zach Johnson. This year, the tournament is set to take place in Mid-July.

 

At Spike’s Trophies, we like to see great players hoist their awards in victory. Whether it’s Golf’s most famous jug or a little league sports trophy in Delaware, New Jersey or PA.

Famous Awards: The Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy

Here at Spike’s, we know there’s nothing like the roar of the crowd when the shot clock is winding down at the end of the game and the step-back three is good for the game-tying points. When the pretty dime leads to the alley-oop, statement dunk on the other end of the pass. When the off-hand, hesitatio n dribble breaks ankles and allows a drive to the hoop. In case you don’t know what we’re talking about, it’s NBA Playoffs time.

 

When it comes to national basketball, This is the best time to be a fan. The NBA Finals begin June 2nd, at the end of that series, one team will be awarded the much sought-after Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy.

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A History

In 1947, the first Basketball Association of America championship was held. In 1949, the Basketball Association of America was rebranded the National Basketball Association. From 1947 to 1983, the winning team of the finals received the Walter A. Brown Trophy. From 1975 to 1984, Larry O’Brien served as the commissioner of the NBA. During his 9 years as commissioner, O’Brien organized a number of landmark deals that allowed basketball to become the major national sport it is today, including the ABA-NBA Merger, the transfer of broadcast rights to CBS for a better contract, modified the college draft, reached an anti-drug agreement with the NBA Players Association and oversaw a number of major changes that modernized the sport.

 

In 1983, as the NBA was experiencing an eruption in attendance and national interest, they renamed the Walter A. Brown Trophy, the Larry O’Brien Trophy. Since 1983, both the design and the name of the trophy has remained the same.

 

Construction

The award weighs 14.5 pounds and stands two feet tall. It depicts a basketball rolling over the rim and into the hoop. The ball is near regulation size, nine inches in diameter. It is constructed of sterling silver and vermeil with a 24 karat gold overlay.  Manufactured by Tiffany.co, each of the trophies is valued at 13,500.

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The most recent recipients of the trophy were the Golden State Warriors, but 2016 could prove to be a different year.

 

Whether it’s high-school baseball trophies in PA, or basketball trophies on national TV, at Spike’s we think it’s worth recognizing recognition.

Awards Spotlight: NHL Individual Awards

Here at Spike’s Trophies, we know there’s nothing like a powerplay late in the third period when the score is tied. There’s nothing like the slap of the stick as the puck barrels towards the goal in mid-air. Whether that puck meets net or glove, when the game is on the line, especially during playoff season, we all hold our breath. In the NHL, it’s Stanley Cup Playoffs time.

 

The Stanley Cup is a big deal in the world of professional sports; it’s the highest honor that a North American hockey team can receive. There are a few other special awards in the National Hockey League that fans look forward to as well; the individual awards.

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The Hart Memorial Trophy

Named after Dr. David Hart, The Hart Memorial Trophy is awarded to the player judged most valuable to his team. Each year since 1924 (with the exception of 2005), The Professional Hockey Writers Association votes on the most valuable player following the conclusion of the regular season. Hockey Legend Wayne Gretzky won the award an unprecedented 9 times (8 consecutively). Gretzky is the only player in North American sports to have received an MVP award that many times.

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The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy

Named in honor of Marie “Lady Byng” Evelyn Moreton, the trophy is awarded to the “player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.” Frank Boucher won the award 7 times in 8 years and still holds the record for most times awarded. Wayne Gretzky also won it five times. The trophy has been awarded to a player every season since 1925.

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The Vezina Trophy

 

Awarded to the top goaltender during the regular season, The Vezina Trophy is named for Georges Vezina of the Montreal Canadiens. Jacques Plante holds the record for most times awarded the trophy with 7. Thankfully, Wayne Gretzky couldn’t get this one

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The King Clancy Award

Francis “King” Clancy was one of hockey’s greatest humanitarians. Each year, the award that shares his name is awarded to the NHL player who “best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made a significant humanitarian contribution to his community.” No player has ever received the award more than once since its inception in 1988. The recipient of the trophy is decided by a panel of representatives from the Professional Hockey Writers Association and the NHL Broadcasters Association.

 

At Spike’s we commend commendation, we think it’s important to recognize an individual that stands out, whether it’s an office plaque in Philadelphia or a trophy on the national ice.

Famous Awards: The Stanley Cup

Each year, teams from the Eastern and Western Conferences of the National Hockey League compete for The Stanley Cup, the most prestigious award in North American Hockey. The Cup is awarded to the victor of a seven-game series called The Stanley Cup Finals. Teams in the NHL compete for records all season that will allow them to enter the playoffs for a shot at being crowned the winner for that year.

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The Stanley Cup is the oldest Trophy in all of North American professional sports. First awarded in 1893 after being commissioned by Lord Stanley of Preston, it has been passed from team to team for more than 120 years. By comparison, the Super Bowl just awarded its 50th trophy to a team. It was created when Lord Stanley first witnessed the game of hockey in Montreal. He fell in love with the sport and his entire family became involved in the sport. The award that Lord Stanley purchased for the reigning champions of the sport was a decorative punch bowl. A recreation of the original silver punch bowl still stands atop the trophy today.

The Stanley Cup has been redesigned several times in the past century. In its current iteration, it stands just under 3 feet tall, features a “cup” (which is actually a rose bowl) at the top of the trophy and has five bands around the base where the winning team and names of players are inscribed. When all five bands are filled by inscription, the one closest to the top (the oldest) is removed and placed in the Hockey Hall of Fame, so that a new blank band can be placed at the bottom. The Cup is made from Silver-Nickel Alloy to make it more durable and more likely to survive the celebrations of overjoyed hockey players.

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Tradition has survived much longer than the original cup, for more than a century, winning hockey teams have kissed the award and drank Champagne from its bowl.

At Spike’s Trophies, we always look forward to seeing great people receive great awards. As one of the oldest producers and sellers of plaques and trophies in PA, we know the importance of recognizing a winner.

Famous Awards: The 2016 Grammy’s

Since 1959, The grammy’s have marked the previous year’s achievement in music. The record executives of the 1950’s expressed their interest in having an award ceremony akin to the Oscars or the Emmys. After forming the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, or NARAS, the first annual award show was held. Named after Emile Berliner’s invention, The Gramophone, The Grammy’s have stood as an immense honor in the music industry for more than half a century.

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The Grammy award itself depicts an idealized gramophone in gold atop a black base where the award is inscribed. The award was altered from its original iteration in 1990 when it began to use a gold-plated metal-alloy instead of gold-plated lead, to make it more durable. The awards given during the ceremony are actually props that are recycled every year. The real award isn’t inscribed with the recipient’s name and achievement until after the event.

In 2016, there were 83 Grammy’s Awarded to artists, totaling more than 8,000 awards given since the first ceremony. The categories for awards varied from Best Music Film to Best Choral Performance to Best Rap Album. Each year, artists nominated for awards perform during the ceremony. The performances have always been momentous from Prince’s energetic “seven splits” performance in 1985 to Pink’s Aerial Gymnastics in 2011.

 

A Grammy Award or nomination has been shown to greatly increase the sales of a record according to Billboard, but since the turn of the century, many have questioned the relevance of an award ceremony for a medium that just doesn’t make money the way it used to. It’s no secret that physical album sales are way down and the music industry is having a harder time producing blockbuster artists. Despite this, The Grammy’s have maintained their relevance by constantly refining their roster of categories, slating the biggest artists to perform and of course, revering the greats of yesteryear.

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Here at Spike’s, we enjoy a good award show. As one of the best creators and sellers of sales awards in PA we just love to see people commemorated for a breakout performance, whether it’s on music’s biggest stage or the little league diamond.

 

Famous Awards: The Naismith Trophy

At Spike’s Trophies, we know that an outstanding performance deserves to be commended. During those last seconds of regulation, when it’s a close game and the pressure is on, a player that can shake off the nerves and drain bucket after bucket is called a ‘clutch’ player. We think awards are pretty clutch too. Whether it’s high school baseball plaques and trophies or Basketball on the national stage, a trophy is the perfect compliment to achievement.

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Each year The Naismith Trophy is awarded to exemplary performances in non-professional Basketball. The categories for the trophy include College Player of the Year, College Coach of the Year, College Official of the Year, Outstanding Contributor to Basketball, High School Player of the Year and High School Coach of the year. The award is given to both men and women in all categories with the exception of Official of the Year and Contributor to Basketball.

 

The Naismith Trophy is considered the most prestigious award in all of non-professional Basketball, and for good reason, it’s awarded based on an entire season’s performance, not a tournament. The trophy gets its name from Dr. James Naismith, the man who invented Basketball in 1891 and was first awarded to UCLA’s Lew Alcindor (later known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) in 1969.

 

The award itself was first designed and sculpted by Marty C. Dawe and has remained mostly the same for College Men’s Player of the Year, it depicts a player holding the ball to their side and raising one leg as if they are driving to the basket. The sculpture is plated gold and stands atop a wooden base with the achievement inscribed on the front side.

 

Each year, the winners for all categories are announced between March and mid-April. The award is given by the Atlanta Tipoff Club, an organization dedicated to promoting, developing and celebrating the sport of Basketball.

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We’re always happy to see college basketball, who doesn’t love March Madness? The glamor of The Naismith Trophy is just one reason to watch all season. Whether it’s one of our customized awards in New Jersey or the biggest achievement in college basketball, we just love to see people get the recognition they deserve.

 

 

Famous Awards: The Country Music Awards

At Spike’s Trophies, we recognize the recognized, commemorate the commemorative, celebrate the celebratory. If you’ve got something to be proud of, we’re proud of you for being proud of it. When you do have such an occasion, we’ve got just the thing to impress– our inventory. We’ve been carrying trophies, awards and personalizable apparel since before you were knee high to a grasshopper. When you don’t want to get your office plaques and trophies all catawampus, our staff is here if you’ve got a mind to mark an achievement.

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This year is the 50th Country Music Awards. The awards mark the foremost commercial achievements that Country musicians, songwriters and personalities make each year. It’s the longest running televised musical award show in the world and this year is its half-centennial.

 

The Country Music Awards, just like Country music itself, is uniquely American. It celebrates an American artform, one that is characteristically southern but enjoyed not only in the rest of the country but across the world. The Country Music Awards have been held in Nashville, TN for the 50 years they have been around with the exception of 2005 when they were held at Madison Square Garden.

 

The Country Music Award itself was designed to resemble a chart bullet with its upward curvature. While the original design has remained mostly the same in the half century, the materials have changed. The original trophy was constructed out of walnut and featured a marble base. Today, the award stands at 15 inches tall, weighs 7.5 pounds and is made in Florence, Italy out of hand-blown, fine crystal.

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This year, the award show will again be televised on ABC.

 

We’re excited to see the performances and the awards, what we’re most excited for, however, is the looks on the winners’ faces. It’s what we here at Spike’s Trophies live for, the way a custom piece can make a person feel when they achieve something great. It’s a big part of the reason we do what we do. From customized awards in New Jersey to spirit wear in Delaware, we’ve got you covered, even if you’re off like a herd of turtles.

Famous Oscar Snubs

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Here at Spike’s Trophies, we like to commemorate people when they do noteworthy things. Everybody deserves an award at some point in their lives, from “Nobel Laureate Astronaut” to “Longest Shower Taker,” bringing home a trophy is special. We thought we could take an opportunity to share some of our biggest heartbreaks at The Oscars, one of the biggest award ceremonies of the year. Being in business since 1929 we’ve seen more than a few of them.

  • Leonardo Dicaprio- We’ll start off with the obvious choice. Leo wasn’t even nominated for his breakout performance in “Titanic”, one of the most memorable films of the 90’s. It’s become something of a joke in film that despite so many prestigious roles such as: “Catch Me if You Can,” ”Shutter Island”, “Inception”, “Django Unchained” and “The Wolf of Wall Street”, he’s never received an Academy Award. This year he’s nominated for his starring role in “The Revenant”. We’re rooting for you Leo!

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  • Alfred Hitchcock- Ask any burgeoning film student about their top 5 favorite directors and most of them are bound to mention Hitchcock. Seminal films like “Vertigo”, “North by Northwest”, “Psycho”, “Rear Window” and “Strangers on a Train” never took home the gold. Hitchcock received one Oscar when “Rebecca” won best picture in 1940.
  • Jamie Foxx- Ok, so he won an Academy Award for playing Ray Charles in “Ray” but he wasn’t even nominated as the title character in “Django Unchained”. Both Christoph Waltz and Leonardo Dicaprio were nominated for their work in that film, it was even up for best picture, but somehow Foxx was snubbed for his role.
  • Martin Scorsese- A master director, Scorsese’s films are both box office hits and critical darlings, he didn’t even receive a nod for the 1976 classic “Taxi Driver”. His films “Goodfellas”, “Casino”, “The Aviator”, and “Raging Bull” never won, but the curse was lifted in 2006 when he finally received an award for “The Departed”

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  • Stanley Kubrick- You read that name right, he never received an Oscar for his work as a director, producer or writer. His landmark film “2001: A Space Odyssey” received an Oscar for best visuals, a shameful concession. Kubrick was responsible for an entire course load of study in film: “Dr.Strangelove”, “A Clockwork Orange”, “The Shining”, “Spartacus” and “Full Metal Jacket”

Well, there you have it, our picks for the most glaring examples of academy snubbery. We think that everybody deserves to be commemorated when they do something exemplary. That’s why this year we’re saying it, if Leo doesn’t get an Oscar this year, he can stop by Spike’s Trophies and we’ll give him an award.

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