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.

A view from the bridge

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.


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.



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.





A view from the bridge