The American Music Awards

Here at Spike’s Trophies, we love watching musicians receive commemorations for achievement within their genres of art. Whether it’s a modern pop icon receiving a trophy for their most recent album or an influential musician being given an award for the scope of their work, everyone loves a good award show.

 

At Spike’s we’re primarily known for Philadelphia, Delaware and New Jersey Sports Trophies, but we serve the entire country in all sorts of commemorative products. In fact, this November, we’ll be watching the American Music Awards, one of the best awards shows of the season.

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Started in 1973 by Dick Clark as a way for ABC to compete against the Grammys after losing the television rights, the American Music Awards were imagined as a different way to celebrate artists.  Instead of being voted on by a closed panel of members from the Recording Academy, the AMAs rely on polls of the public and fans to determine the most beloved achievements from the year.

 

On November 20th, the biggest music stars will be performing and receiving awards for their best singles, albums and collaborations of the year at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The host of the show has yet to be announced but will have some big shoes to fill after Jennifer Lopez last year. This awards ceremony has already made history as Hip-Hop artist Drake is up for a record setting 13 different awards. There are 28 different categories this year, allowing for over three hours of awards and musical performances.

 

In recent years, the trophy itself has featured a classic design. An elongated glass pyramid placed atop a black engraved base, the award is recognizable yet elegant. The statuette is manufactured each year by the Society Awards.

 

The American Music Awards, while not as popular as the Grammys, are still a great excuse to watch some of the biggest names in music all on one stage.

 

At Spike’s we’ll be watching as 28 statuettes are awarded to the musicians and performers. To learn more about everything we have to offer from sports trophies in Philadelphia to commemorative gifts across the country, visit http://www.gospikes.com/.

 

 

The Commissioner’s Trophy

Bottom of the 9th. One strike. One ball. As few as two pitches will decide a defeat or a victory and will be rewatched across the world for years to come. The pitcher covers the bottom portion of his face with his mit, staring at the catcher as he signals the next throw. The pitcher shakes his head, shakes it again and then nods in agreement. He looks towards the catcher, but his eyes are miles away, envisioning the trajectory of the ball as it cuts through the air. The pitcher pulls his hands behind his back, pulls a foot into the air and then hurls the ball towards the catcher, watching the red stitches in the ball blur as they revolve dozens of times per second. The batter locks eyes with the ball as it travels closer to the plate, slowly moving horizontally away from his chest. The batter swings…

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The World Series is an undeniably exciting time to be a baseball fan, as the best team from the National League and the American League compete to be the MLB’s reigning champions. At Spike’s, we’ll be watching each game from the edges of our seats.

 

Known for our trophies and awards in Philadelphia, we have to respect some of the most iconic commemorative items in all of sports, one in particular is The Commissioner’s Trophy.

 

Awarded to the baseball team that wins The World Series each year since 1967, The Commissioner’s Trophy is one of the four most important awards in American sports, alongside the Stanley Cup, Larry O’Brien Trophy and Vince Lombardi Trophy.

 

The Commissioner’s Trophy was named in 1985 and stands as the only major sports trophy that does not carry the name of a person with it. The current iteration was designed in 1999 by Lawrence Voefele, and first awarded in 2000.

 

Manufactured by Tiffany & Co., the trophy stands more than two feet tall and is 11 inches in diameter. Depicting 30 flags around a stylized baseball diamond with a silver baseball in the center, the trophy is 30 pounds, mostly comprised of sterling silver.

 

On October 25th, The World Series begins.

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To learn more about Spike’s and everything we have to offer from sports trophies in Philadelphia to personalized items across the country, visit http://www.gospikes.com/

Jordan Burroughs is a Role Model for Up and Coming Athletes

One thing that we’re taught throughout life is to work hard, and you can make anything possible. There are some people that turn that bold statement into truth and encourage other people to follow in their hardworking footsteps. Jordan Burroughs is one of those people. He has a work ethic that never tires, and it helped him achieve the dream of a lifetime – an Olympic gold medal in London. And all of those success stories need to begin somewhere.

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For this American wrestler, his success story began when he won his first trophy when he was just six years old. The best part about it was that it wasn’t even a trophy for winning, it was a participation trophy. That trophy impacted Jordan though and inspired him to do his best to keep winning more. It taught him exactly what hard work can do.

At Spike’s Trophies, we were inspired by Jordan Burroughs’ rise to success. We have been making and distributing trophies and awards in Philadelphia since 1929, and we hope that our products will contribute to the efforts and success of children and adults everywhere. We believe that trophies are fantastic ways to reward children and make them want to work harder to find their own success and achieve their own dreams.

From a participation trophy to an Olympic gold medal, no one can deny that Jordan Burroughs’ story is inspiring. He says that his work ethic comes from his parents, which he learned from his blue-collar construction worker father.

We have sports trophies in Philadelphia for many different types of occasions. Whether you want to motivate, encourage, or congratulate a person or a group of people for winning, participating, or for another reason why they should be proud, we know that we’ll have something for you.

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For Jordan Burroughs, losing wasn’t an option. He worked hard every single day to become what he is today. We look forward to encouraging the youth of America to work as hard as him. Trophies are a motivation for hard work and success. To learn more about our trophies, awards, plaques, and more, contact us at 855-652-4030.

Come To Us For Your Fantasy Football Awards!

Are you ready for some football? Those famous words were first sung by Hank Williams Jr. in the Monday Night Football theme song. Although that’s not the theme song for Monday Night Football anymore, many people still say it (and sing it) when they’re excited about a football game. And since football season is underway, it’s time to watch your favorite teams win and your least favorite teams be left in the dust. It’s also time for fantasy football.

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At Spike’s Trophies, we make trophies and award for all occasions. Whether you want a sports trophy in Philadelphia for your little soccer star or a corporate award for your company team members, we’ll be able to provide you with what you want. The good news is that we also make trophies and awards in Philadelphia, PA, and other local areas, for people who play fantasy football. We have plenty of experience in designing the custom trophy of your dreams. Since 1929, we’ve been making all kinds sports trophies, custom trophies, and awards.

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If you’re not fully satisfied with just winning the right to brag (or money!) when you’re playing fantasy football, we have an option that will help you remember this time in your life for years to come. We can provide you with a quality fantasy football award for your league. Let the winner know that they’re triumphant and make the losers a little bit jealous of the beautiful award that they hoist up at the end of the season.

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Plenty of options

We have more than plenty of options to choose from here at Spike’s Trophies. Our New Jersey sports trophies can range from a traditional to a more contemporary style, with all types of stones, woods, marbles, glass, metals, acrylics, resins, and more. We can also customize the message that you’d like to appear on the award.

If you’d like to browse through our broad selection of awards and trophies or create a personalized one for your fantasy football league, we can help. You’ll be singing “Are you ready for some fantasy football?” in no time. To learn more about our trophies, contact us at 855-652-4030.

The 2016 NFL Honors

It’s back. America’s most-watched professional sport has returned for the 2016-2017 season. Football is an undeniable phenomenon across the country. Every week from August to January, families and friends will gather to watch their favorite teams duke it out on the field. Careers, rivalries and records will be made or broken across 120 yards from week one to the Super Bowl.

 

Here at Spike’s, we’re excited to see what the new season brings, not only in professional football but in local schools and colleges as well. We think all sports awards in New Jersey are a big deal, however, we know how hard teams work to achieve local supremacy.

 

With the start of football season, we thought we’d take a moment to highlight some of the awards given out for the performances during the NFL season.

 

The AP MVP Award

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Previously called the “Jim Thorpe Trophy,” the AP MVP Award is given to the most valuable player from the regular season. The award is usually presented to the most outstanding offensive player from the previous season, but a defensive player has received the award twice in the 59 years it has existed.

 

Peyton Manning holds the record for most awards with five occurrences and is the only player to ever receive the trophy on two separate teams (the Colts and the Broncos). Johnny Unitas and Brett Favre are closest to Manning’s record with three a piece. This past year, Cam Newton received his first award for the 2015-2016 season.

 

The award is similar in appearance to the Lombardi Trophy, with a silver football standing atop a base of various materials. Throughout the years, the award has changed appearance from time to time but has usually maintained the realistic depiction of a football.

 

The Walter Payton Man Of The Year Award

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While every other award is given for performance on the field, the Walter Payton Man Of The Year Award is given for performance off of it. The player that shows the most dedication to improving their community and supporting noteworthy causes is presented with the trophy at the Super Bowl each year.

 

The award depicts Payton in bronze, wearing full equipment with a coat around his shoulders as he stands with his hands on his hips. The Man Of The Year Award is among the most coveted in the league and encourages players to enrich their communities as best they can.

 

To create your own special honor award, contact Spike’s Trophies, the area’s leading producer of commemorative items of all types.

 

 

 

Famous Awards: The Emmy Awards

Here at Spike’s, we love to see creativity and excellence in storytelling recognized. Whether it’s the trials of a small-town sheriff making his way through a world crawling with zombies or the political sabotage of a fantasy kingdom, we’ve been treated to a number of fantastic stories on TV this past year. The Emmy Awards recognize the foremost achievements in TV stories, and 2016 is shaping up to have some tough decisions.

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History

In 1949, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS) held their very first award show, recognizing excellence in the field of television around the Los Angeles region. In the decade that followed, the award process was changed to consider and recognize television programs across the country. In 1955, ATAS created a second organization, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) to assist with creating local chapters throughout the U.S. to better monitor the programming being broadcast.

 

Over the next 60 years, ATAS and NATAS would create an international arm (IATAS) to focus on programming that initially aired outside of the U.S. and individual ‘chapters’ of ATAS began awarding achievements in local programming. Currently, there are six major Emmy Award ceremonies each year: The Technology and Engineering Awards, The Daytime Awards, The Sports Awards, The News and Documentary Awards, The International Awards and the most watched, Primetime Awards.

 

The Emmy

First called the “Ike,” and then the “Immy,” The Emmy trophy was designed by Louis McManus in 1948. McManus used his wife as the model for the winged woman and depicted her holding an atom, to symbolize the academy’s dedication to uplifting the medium of television. Each statuette weighs just over six pounds and stands just under 16 inches tall. The Emmy is comprised of copper, nickel, silver and gold, sitting on a 7.5-inch base. Each year, the award is manufactured by R.S. Owens & Company in Chicago, Illinois.

 

This year, TV’s most beloved shows will be facing off in 27 categories. The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards air September 18th, 2016.

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At Spike’s, plaques and trophies mean a great deal to us. We’ll be watching the awards to see which of our favorite shows pick up the Emmy this year.

 

To learn more about getting your own statuette, call, click or stop in today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The MTV Video Music Awards

On August 28th some of music’s biggest names will descend upon Madison Square Garden to commemorate the past year in music. MTV will be celebrating the best artists and music videos with their famous ‘Moonman’ award.

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When MTV launched their cable channel in 1981, no one expected a channel that played promotional music videos 24/7 to succeed. In the following years, MTV would become a behemoth of media changing the course of the music industry and making (or breaking) a number of artist’s careers.

 

Three years after the initial launch of the channel, MTV began an award ceremony that would go on to be one of the major cornerstones of American award shows. The Video Music Awards, or VMAs, celebrate the best music videos of the year in genre and in technical achievements concluding with the video of the year. The Video Vanguard Award commemorates a particular artist’s lifetime achievement in the medium.

 

Over the years, the design of the trophy has changed quite a bit. The ‘Moonman’ a depiction of an astronaut planting a flag on The Moon has remained constant, as has the engraved circular base, but the sizing, level of detail and colors have changed nearly every year. As an example, the 2015 trophy featured the Moonman wearing an oversized peace-symbol chain.

 

In the 32 years that the award show has existed a number of infamous and controversial events have taken place. The first memorable event was Madonna’s performance of ‘Like a Virgin’ which has been parodied both for the costuming and for the performance itself. In the years that followed Andrew Dice Clay was given a lifetime ban from the awards for his vulgar stage antics, Krist Novoselic of Nirvana nearly knocked himself unconscious with his own bass guitar and a number of fist fights have broken out between musicians.

 

The 2016 VMAs will feature 17 different categories for artists to receive awards and is sure to be yet another ceremony for the ages.

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At Spike’s we love a good award show, and the VMAs rarely disappoint. If you’re in the market for a plaque, trophy or something else to commemorate your favorite artist, Spike’s has everything for your own special award.

The 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympic Medal

It’s officially here. The largest gathering of the world’s greatest athletes only happens once every four years. The Summer Olympics have come to Rio; sports fans are in for a treat this year as the world’s fastest, strongest and most talented compete to receive the greatest gold medal.

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Most people are aware that The Olympic Games originated in Ancient Greece. The original champions of the games were not given medals; they were crowned with olive branches. The Ancient Greeks had the ability to fashion gold medals, but they felt that the winners of the games should be awarded with branches from Mt. Olympia.

 

When the modern games began in 1896, the awards for the summer games had not been standardized yet (the winter games didn’t begin until 1924). Winners of those games were given silver medals and an olive branch. The winners of the 1900 games were awarded either trophies or cups depending on the sport that they played. It wasn’t until 1904 that the 1st place winner was given a gold medal.

 

The 1904 Olympic games in St. Louis were the first to see the 1st place winner of each category receive a gold medal, 2nd place receive silver and 3rd place receive bronze. 1912 saw the last use of pure gold for the Olympic 1st place medal. Now, the gold medal is comprised of up to 93% silver with a gold coat. It is required of the host country to mine the materials for each of the medals awarded.

 

The designs for the medal have changed almost every four years. The back of the medal is typically adorned with a reference to the host country’s culture, while the front is almost always a recognition of athletes or the Trionfo design.

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This year, thousands of athletes will compete for their home nations in a competition that is now 120 years old. The glory of the gold medal is second to none in most sports and any athlete in possession is known to be the best of their time.

 

At Spike’s Trophies, we’ll be watching the games and the ceremonies that follow. To celebrate the winners in your life, check out our personalizable plaques and trophies.

Five of The Strangest Awards in Sports

Here at Spike’s Trophies, we celebrate the things that deserve celebrating. We enjoy crafting glass awards in Philadelphia for special events and exceptional achievements. While we think we’re capable of handling nearly any request for a great award, we’ve got to admit, there are several strange awards in the world of sporting events. We thought we’d share a few of them.

 

The Martinsville Grandfather Clock

Any longtime NASCAR fan knows Martinsville. Martinsville, VA used to be known for their great longcase clocks and to celebrate their history, the winner of the race receives a massive one. The trophy is fully-functional and is valued at $10,000.

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The Paris-Roubaix Trophy

The Paris-Roubaix is a cycling tournament in Northern France. Cyclists from all over the world compete in a race that takes them along the bumpy cobblestone roads of the region. The winner of the tournament is presented with a rock, technically a cobblestone placed on a plinth with the race and year inscribed on it.

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The Dallah Trophy

The Dubai Open is a staple of the European Tour in golf. The Dubai course is beautiful, and so is the trophy the winner receives, but it’s a little large. The Dallah Trophy is nearly three feet tall and depicts a traditional Arabic coffee pot in silver. That seems like one heck of a way to serve coffee.

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The Telephone Trophy

In one of the most famous technical issues in College Football, the 1959 rivalry game between Iowa State and Missouri had a case of crossed lines. The coaches of each respective team could hear the other’s staff in their headsets for the duration of the game. The event has been memorialized in a trophy depicting a telephone that is awarded to the winner of the rivalry game each year.

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The Lobster

NASCAR is filled with strange trophies. Winners of the Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway receive a lobster. Not a statue of a lobster, not a trophy depicting a lobster, a live rock lobster. After posing with the lobster for a few minutes, the lobster is pressure cooked, the meat shipped to the driver’s shop and the shell of the lobster is repainted and mounted to be displayed.

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At Spike’s Trophies, we know that there are plenty of ways to celebrate and plenty of different ways to give an award (we don’t recommend handing anyone a live crustacean, though). When you’re looking for that special commemorative gift, award or even a personalized name badge, stop by and see what we have to offer.

 

 

 

 

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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.