It’s Time to Start Talking Dynasty with Villanova University

With another March Madness in the books, head coach Jay Wright and the Villanova Wildcats are taking home hardware once again. No, not a trophy from Spike’s Trophies, the best place to buy a sports trophy in PA, but another NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship trophy. Capturing their second title in three years, the idea that Wright and the Wildcats may have stumbled into the dynasty discussion has started to heat up.

 

One and Not Done

The idea of selling the path to the NBA with not as much importance on success in college, ushered in by Kentucky head coach John Calipari, has made it a big impact on the “blue chips” of college basketball. With the likes of Duke, North Carolina, Louisville and many others following suit, the era of “One and Done” was created in college basketball.

While many have been very vocal against this new wave of college hoops, not all have turned heel. Wright has continued to recruit players who intend on graduating from their university. With two national titles and three Big East titles, maybe there is something to having experienced leadership on the court.

 

Jalen Brunson

 Although Jalen Brunson declared for the NBA draft this past April, there is so much that has to be said about this kid from New Jersey. The 6′3” guard from Stevenson High School, Brunson, the son of NBA journeyman Rick Brunson, was a vital part of the two recent national titles. It didn’t take long for Brunson to start racking up the accolades either, capturing a national title in a freshman season is something very few can do.

He later went on to win another national title, the Naismith Award, the Wooden Award and AP Player of the Year in his junior season has cemented Brunson in the conversation of the best college basketball player of all-time. The culture Wright has created in Philadelphia has convinced future NBAers to stay and earn their degree.

 

While we can’t wait for college basketball to return, there are more sports to be played, games to be win and trophies raised. Those in need of a quality athletic trophy in NJ have come to the right place. Give our team at Spike’s Trophies a call today by dialing 855-652-4030.

Philadelphia 76ers: Playoff Bound!

Entering the 2017-18 season, we already knew the Philadelphia 76ers had talent. Joel Embiid already flashed his obscene upside and Ben Simmons was the top overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, along with several other potential positives.

Having said that, nothing is ever sure, especially when considering the uncertainty with Embiid and Simmons from a health standpoint, as well as the idea that younger teams tend to struggle in the league.

Exceeding Expectations

Fast forward to late March and “The Process” is definitely paying off so far. The Philadelphia 76ers have just clinched a playoff berth, which alone is reason to celebrate considering it’s the first time they’ve done so in six seasons, along with the fact that just two years ago the team only won 10 games. Let that sink in.

The last time the Sixers made the playoffs, their rotation consisted of players like Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner, Andre Iguodala, Elton Brand, Spencer Hawes, Lou Williams and Thaddeus Young — none of whom are presently on the team.

Having just won eight consecutive games, the Sixers are sitting pretty in fourth place at 44-30, just ahead of the Indiana Pacers and right behind the Lebron-led Cleveland Cavaliers. With a healthy JoJo, Rookie of the Year favorite Ben Simmons, a recently returning number one draft pick Markelle Fultz and a solid supporting cast, no one wants to play this team in the first round.

FULTZ!

Like the Eagles fans mocked the infamous Viking chant by yelling “Foles!”, the Sixers fans in attendance at Markelle’s first game back put their own spin on it by yelling “Fultz!”

Having missed a majority of the season with a mysterious shoulder injury, the fans were happy to have him back, and he was certainly happy to be back. In just 14 minutes of action, he put up 10 points on 5-of-13 shooting, along with four boards and eight assists. Providing efficient numbers across the board, the team was a successful plus-16 while he was on the court.

No Guarantees

While this has been the franchise’s most successful season in quite some time, it isn’t over, and nothing is guaranteed. Fans should certainly be excited for the playoff run and following seasons for potential championships. Even if they don’t make it to the NBA Finals this season, the team and its fanbase should be proud of how far they’ve come. “The Process” is paying off.

For the leading engraving company serving New Jersey with custom trophies, plaques, branded merchandise and more, visit Spike’s Trophies! Whether you need star awards in New Jersey for corporate recognition or baseball trophies for your Pennsylvania spring league, this is the place to get them. Check back here to stay up to date with the 76ers’ playoff run and other Philly sports teams.

At Last! Limited Edition Philadelphia Eagles Championship Plaques

The Philadelphia Eagles have cemented their place in history as the 2017 football champions!

Here at Spike’s Trophies, we are known nationwide for producing a wide variety of high-quality custom awards, trophies and plaques in NJ. To celebrate the momentous championship victory, we have produced a limited run of commemorative plaques. Have a look at a few below.

Laminated E-A-G-L-E-S “One Magical Season!” Wood Plaque

  • 13.5″ x 20.75″ on 5/8″ wood plaque
  • Trimmed in Eagles green and silver
  • Actual trimmed Front Page: 20″ x 10″ print size
  • Overall Plaque is 13.25″ x 22.75”

Encased in this plaque is the actual page E25 from the Mon., Feb. 5, 2018, edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Reading “One Magical Season,” the front page shows Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, the game’s most valuable player, hoisting the coveted Lombardi Trophy while confetti falls around him.

Laminated E-A-G-L-E-S “Philly Special!” Wood Plaque

  • 13.5″ x 20.75″ on 5/8″ wood plaque
  • Trimmed in Eagles green and silver
  • Actual trimmed Front Page: 20″ x 10″ print size
  • Overall Plaque is 13.25″ x 22.75″

This plaque contains the actual page E25 from the Fri., Feb. 9, 2018, edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Reading “Philly Special,” this front page shows just one section of the massive crowds the gathered throughout the streets of Philadelphia for their championship victory parade. This item is a must-have for any true Eagles fan.

That’s Not All

These Spike’s Laminated E-A-G-L-E-S Wood Plaques come with full-size, permanently laminated actual front pages (not copies.) We urge fans to commemorate this once-in-a-lifetime event with one (or all!) of these limited edition items.

If you live in the Greater Philadelphia area, you should check out our Center City showroom to see our vast collection Eagles-themed plaques in person. If you aren’t near Philly but still love the Eagles, you can order your plaque right here on our website!

For the top-tier supply of branded promotional products, custom corporate awards and trophies in PA, Spike’s Trophies is the place to be. To speak to a representative, please call 855-652-4030 at your convenience.

“Philly, Is This What Heaven Is Like?” – The Lombardi Trophy

“Philly – Is this what Heaven is Like?”, exclaimed Howie Roseman,the Philadelphia Eagles Executive VP of Football Operations from the (“Rocky”) Steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art during the city’s Super Bowl parade celebration. The Lombardi Trophy stood a few feet to Roseman’s right on those infamous steps, as he and the whole team addressed the over three million Eagle fans that showed up this past Thursday on Feb. 8.

The fans came out to get a look at the cause of the heaven created in Philly — the Lombardi Trophy won in Super Bowl LII. The Lombardi trophy makes a city the “Center of the Football Universe,” as stated by Eagles defensive end, Chris Long.  But, the trophy is not only for the players and team. It is also for the many fans of the team, as Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins relayed to the throng in his speech while holding the cherished symbol of success, “This is for you all – Philly!”

How It Began

The Lombardi Trophy’s backstory is a bit different than that of the athletic trophies we supply to New Jersey and beyond, here at Spike’s Trophies. It all started back in 1966 on a cocktail napkin, a humble beginning for the Vince Lombardi Super Bowl Trophy, one of the world’s most prestigious trophies. The jeweler innocently sketched it, unbeknownst to him the legacy it would leave behind.

The first Super Bowl, called the AFL/NFL World Championship Game, was played in January following the 1966 season. At that time, the game was a competition between the champions of the National Football League and the American Football League. Around the third championship game, it became known as the Super Bowl, a term coined by Lamar Hunt, owner of the Kansas City Chiefs and founder of the AFL.

After Super Bowl IV, the leagues merged and became the NFL, with teams divided into two conferences: the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC). The two conference champions play in the Super Bowl.

Test of Time

Today’s Super Bowl trophy design is nearly identical to the original. “That’s one of the secrets of the trophy’s success and durability. It’s always been the same, which makes it instantly recognizable.”

It was named the Vince Lombardi Trophy in 1970, before Super Bowl V. Lombardi, who died of cancer on Sept. 3, 1970, was a well-respected coach who led the Green Bay Packers to victory in the first two Super Bowls.

The trophy is the perfect combination of modern and traditional. Made of sterling silver, it depicts a football sitting atop what resembles an elongated kicking tee–a plinth with three tapered, concave sides.

After the trophy is complete, the NFL symbol and the Super Bowl number are hand-engraved into a sheet stock of silver, which is applied to the base. The finished trophy stands 20-3/4 inches tall and weighs about seven pounds. Although it’s officially valued at $10,000 (1998), it’s a priceless symbol of hard-earned victory for the players and their fanbase.

Taking It Home

Until recently, there were 13 NFL teams that hadn’t won a Super Bowl: the Bengals, Bills, Browns, Cardinals, Chargers, Eagles, Falcons, Jaguars, Lions, Panthers, Texans, Titans and Vikings. The number 13 did NOT prove unlucky for the Eagles.

Immediately following a Super Bowl victory, the NFL Commissioner presents the trophy to the winning team. Sometimes during the celebratory festivities, the award is damaged. In this case, it’s returned to the manufacturer for repairs as well as the engraving of the team names and the final score. It then goes back to the team for permanent possession.

The teams are free to display the trophies where they want, so they end up in a variety of places, usually ending up in the lobby of the team’s facility.  The NFL Hall of Fame in Canton, OH has a copy of the trophy.

Sweet Victory

Along with the trophy, the players receive custom-designed rings and a cash award.  Most of the players on the winning team in Super Bowl 52 will make a $112,000 lump sum for their participation. Most of the losers will make $56,000, an even 50 percent of the winners’ shares.

After 52 years, the Vince Lombardi Trophy still stands as a sterling testimony to that accomplishment. “It’s a wonderful iconographic symbol of sports success in modern times.”  Each year, at the discretion of the owner of the winning franchise, a 3/4 size (16 inches tall, weighing 10 lbs.) actual replica Lombardi is available for distribution to the management, players and sponsors of the Super Bowl winners as a commemorative. Spike’s Trophies, Ltd. of Philadelphia, PA has been selected the authorized distributor of the Lombardi Trophy Replica this year for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Spike’s – Assisting to Celebrate Success!

Your organization can create a custom iconic symbol of success, with the assistance of Spike’s.  Contact us for a FREE spec art design for your branded iconic custom award, as the NFL has done in creating the Lombardi.  Just mention “Lombardi” for the FREE design concept.  We have come a long way from drawing on a napkin to present you a design concept. Challenge us!

World Championship commemorative items of the City of Philadelphia’s win can be found at https://www.gospikes.com/t-eagles-plaques.aspx, where you can find all types of football trophies for your NJ leagues.

Commemorate Nick Foles & the Philadelphia Eagles’ Championship Season with Limited Edition Plaques

Our last football entry reviewing the first half of the Philadelphia Eagles season ended with the following:

“If the Eagles continue to play this way, there will be many plaques and trophies in their future . . . Check back here (hopefully in February) to read the Philadelphia Eagles season review.

Well, we’re thrilled to say we told you so because it’s February and here are we celebrating the Philadelphia Eagles’ championship victory! That entry’s title began, “Carson Wentz & the…” whereas this one started off a bit differently. That part we certainly couldn’t have predicted.

Next Man Up

In Week 14, starting quarterback and MVP-favorite Carson Wentz went down with a torn ACL, putting him on the sidelines for the remainder of the season. The Eagles were forced to turn the offense over to Nick Foles. He, along with the rest of the team, stepped up, essentially going undefeated (discounting the last regular season game which was insignificant; Foles only played one series), culminating in their league championship victory.

After defeating the Atlanta Falcons in the first round of the playoffs, the Eagles beat the Minnesota Vikings in the conference championship to earn the George Halas trophy. Finally, the team brought the Lombardi Trophy to Philadelphia for the first time in its 51-year history! Foles took home MVP honors for the big game after becoming the first player to both throw and catch a touchdown pass in said game.

Commemorate Good Times

To honor this major accomplishment, we’ve devised two limited edition Spike’s Laminated E-A-G-L-E-S Wood Plaques that contain actual full-sized, permanently laminated pages from the Philadelphia Inquirer.

One commemorative plaque encases the front page of the publication’s sports section from Mon., Jan 22, showcasing the team’s victory over the Minnesota Vikings in the conference championship, earning them the right to fight for the league championship. The headline reads “Suped Up!” with a picture of Jeffrey Lurie, the team’s owner, hoisting the George Halas trophy and head coach Doug Pederson standing beside him.

The other plaque contains the front page of the Feb. 5 edition of the newspaper, highlighting the Eagle’s win in the big game with the headline reading “At Last!”, showing Nick Foles as he hoisted the coveted Lombardi Trophy while confetti rained down around him.

Whether your New Jersey football league needs trophies or you want to commemorate this momentous occasion with limited edition souvenirs, you know who to call! For more regarding Spike’s Trophies and our multitude of plaques and athletic trophies in New Jersey, please call 855-652-4030.

Philadelphia 76ers: Midseason Review

At Spike’s Trophies, the premier provider of custom awards throughout PA, we are proud of Philadelphia’s sports teams, including the 76ers

The Sixers have played almost half of their games and sit just outside of playoff positioning at ninth place in the Eastern Conference. They have an even .500 win percentage with 19 wins and 19 losses.

The Good

  • Joel Embiid, after a streak of injury setbacks, is off to a terrific start. He’s played in 29 of a possible 38 games, with per game averages of 23.8 points, 10.9 rebounds and two blocks. It’s scary to think he only has 60 NBA games to his name. It’s difficult not to get excited about his future as he continues to learn and gain experience. If he stays healthy, he’ll be a force to reckon with for years to come.
  • Rookie sensation Ben Simmons has been just that: sensational. Drafted first overall by the Sixers in the 2016 draft, he is definitely living up to the hype. Only missing one game so far, the prolific point guard’s per game averages are 16.9 points, 8.4 rebounds and 7.5 assists. Similar to Embiid, there is still so much room for growth as he plays more games and gains that critical experience. He already has the physical gifts and talent.
  • Second on the team in scoring is newly-signed sharpshooter J.J. Redick. He is shooting from the beyond the arc at a 40% clip while averaging just over 17 points per game. Besides the ever-significant shooting from long range, he also brings sorely needed veteran experience, having played in 88 playoff games as well. Fellow shooter Robert Covington is shooting at a career-high 39% from three-point land.

The Bad

  • With the first overall pick in last year’s draft, the 76ers traded up to select point guard Markelle Fultz. In his first regular season game, Fultz posted 10 points, three rebounds and one assist coming off the bench. However, a shoulder injury, deemed a scapular muscle imbalance, impaired Fultz’s shooting. After playing just four games, the 76ers elected to sit him until he recovers. He is now listed as day-to-day.
  • Although their youth is certainly a strength, the resulting inexperience is a weakness. Embiid and Simmons, their two best players, have played in a combined total of just 97 games. The Sixers organization and fan-base must continue to Trust the Process.

It’s unlikely they’ll win a championship this year, but it might be the first time they make the playoffs since 2012, and that’s a good start. The future is awfully bright for this talented, young squad.

For the leading company serving PA with trophies, plaques and more, visit Spike’s Trophies! Check back here to keep up with the 76ers and other Philly sports teams.

Get Your Custom Corporate Awards to Kick Off the New Year

With 2018 just beginning, companies take this opportunity to honor and recognize the work of their outstanding employees have completed over the course of the past year, as well as the positive relationships they’ve cultivated with their clients and vendors.

Here at Spike’s Trophies, the premier providers of trophies and other types of custom awards in PA, we are ready to accept any and all new year orders for tailor-fitted corporate awards and other types of branded promotional products, as we have for many years.

We can place your company’s name and logo onto many of our products that you can give away to employees, clients, partners or anyone else that you choose. We’ll brand your logo on items like:

●  Clocks                                               ●   Drawstring bags
●  Pens                                                  ●   Mugs & glassware
●  Keychains                                         ●   USB flash drives
●  Foam footballs                                ●   Desk accessories
●  Paperweights                                   ●   And more!

Whether you’re looking for a plaque, trophy, medal or some other type of award, our experts will create it perfectly according to your individual needs, resulting in an amazing, durable award that anyone will be overjoyed to receive. You can decide whatever you want us to inscribe on your award, as well as which type of font it will be inscribed in. With a multitude of choices, we promise that anyone looking for an award, no matter how picky you are, will find something that fits their liking.

We create custom awards for you from a wide selection of materials and designs such as:

●   Plaques                                                     ●   Glass
●   Acrylic                                                       ●   Frames
●   Crystal                                                       ●   And more!

We urge you to visit our Center City showroom to check out our vast collection of first-rate awards, promotional products, trophies and plaques right here in PA. You’ll also be privy to our supply of sportswear, sculptures, frames, signage and more. If you want to place an order, we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible. Give us a call at 855-652-4030 or fill out a contact form online.

Happy New Year from the whole team at Spike’s Trophies!

3 Fantasy Football Trophies for Your League

With the National Football League’s (NFL) regular season winding down, fantasy football owners are getting ready for the playoffs. The next few weeks will be full of trash talking, lineup tinkering, matchup studying and free agent claiming. Usually, money is on the line, but depending on how much, sometimes the real reward is the trophy!

Here at Spike’s Trophies, famous across the globe for our vast collection of incredible trophies, plaques, sculptures and any other kind of award you can imagine, we have a selection of fantasy football awards specially designed for fantasy league winners, as well as the losers!

Take a look at some of our favorites:

Fantasy Football Armchair Quarterback

Made in heights of eight and eleven inches, the Fantasy Football Armchair Quarterback trophy is a popular choice.

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Its black base comes with a plate with an “FFL” logo made to look like the official NFL logo with space available for personalization. We’ve seen some strange fantasy league names!

Resting on the plate is the bronze-toned figure of the so-called armchair quarterback, representing the league champion who obviously did nothing but sit there and watch the real athletes play.

 

Fantasy Football Perpetual Trophy

Using the same figure of the armchair quarterback above, this wood-tone perpetual trophy consists of 12 plates so you can showcase the winning team year after year.

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This trophy is 23 inches (almost two feet!) in height. Above the individual plates, there is a larger plate to customize with your fantasy football league’s name or whatever else you’d like it to say.

 

Last Place Toilet Bowl Award

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The name says it all. For those of you (most of you) that like to poke fun at the team that ends the season in last place, this award is for your league!

Standing only 6.5 inches tall, this toilet bowl award is still able to be customized and includes the NFL-style FFL logo on the underside of the lid.

 

Although these are some our popular selections, any of our trophies and awards can be custom-made to serve as your fantasy football league’s championship reward if you want it to be!

 

To purchase one of our trophies and awards in PA in time for the end of the fantasy football season (normally Week 16 of the NFL’s regular season), head to our Center City showroom, call us at 855-652-4030 or place an order right here on our website.

Custom Corporate Awards & Promotional Holiday Giveaways

With the new year on the horizon, businesses often take this time to acknowledge the excellent work that their employees have done throughout the past year, as well as the prosperous relationships they’ve fostered with their clients.

Here at Spike’s Trophies, the leading company when it comes to conceiving trophies and awards in PA, is available to take on your year-end orders for custom-made corporate awards and branded promotional products, just like we have for the past several decades.

We specialize in creating customized awards in a vast array of materials and all types of designs, such as:

  • Plaques                                              ●   Glass awards
  • Acrylic awards                                   ●   Frames
  • Crystal awards                                  ●   Desk accessories
  • Clocks                                                 ●   And more!

Whether it’s a plaque, trophy or any other kind of award, our craftsmen will customize it carefully according to your particular selections, resulting in a beautiful, durable award that the recipient will be proud to display. You can choose what you want to be inscribed onto the award, along with what type of font, color and more. With so many options, we guarantee that there’s something just for you.

At Spike’s Trophies, we are also capable of implementing your company’s logo onto a majority of our products, which is perfect for creating branded knick-knacks to give away at your company’s holiday party or in a holiday gift bag for your clients. We’ll brand your logo on items like:

  • Keychains                                           ●   USB flash drives
  • Pens                                                    ●   Mugs & glassware
  • Clocks                                                 ●   Drawstring bags
  • Foam footballs                                  ●   Desk accessories
  • Paperweights                                    ●   And more!

We strongly encourage you to head to our Center City showroom to see our vast collection of top quality trophies, awards and promotional products in person. You’ll even see our huge selection of sportswear, signage, sculptures, frames and more. If you would like to find out more about our custom awards for PA or place a bulk order in time for the end of the year, we urge you to contact us as soon as possible. You can visit our showroom, call us at 855-652-4030 or fill out a contact form right here on our website.

Happy holidays from the entire team here at Spike’s Trophies!

Choose Spike’s Trophies for Personalized Gifts This Holiday Season

With Thanksgiving less than two weeks away, the holiday season is gearing up to be in full swing. Most retail stores are already decorated and selling holiday-themed goods while airing themed commercials on television and radio. And of course, people everywhere are searching for the perfect, personalized gifts to buy for all their loved ones.

If you’re looking for superb customized items to give to your family and friends this holiday season, Spike’s Trophies is the place for you. We are ready and able to help you create the perfect personalized presents among the thousands of different items we supply.
We are considered to be the Greater Philadelphia area’s authority when it comes to customized awards and spirit wear, as well as a plethora of other choices for gifts this year, as we have for the past 85-plus years and counting. We continue to be a local mainstay for providing top-tier customized trophies and plaques, as well as clothing and all types of awards and products.

For your athletic family members and friends, we can produce customized spirit wear including jackets, t-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants among other items that are perfect for the entire family to show off their favorite teams. With a multitude of options of personalizable products in a wide variety of colors, we have something that will suit the particular tastes of every member of the family.

If you’re an employer and you’re looking to reward your employees for a great year or fourth quarter, we also have plenty of corporate awards and desk accessories. With glass awards, plaques, medals and more, we have a vast array of items that we can produce to recognize an employee’s success. You can personalize any of our affordable awards with any name or company logo. Our inventory is also perfect for coming up with a holiday gift for all your employees or for a souvenir they can take home from the company holiday party.
Here at Spike’s Trophies, there are thousands of trophies and other products available to buy this holiday season. If you’d like to learn more or check out our inventory, please visit our Center City Showroom or continue browsing our website where you can place a bulk order.