Hints on Assembly of Traveling Trophies

Some of our awards require a minimal amount of assembly; namely, attaching the top to the base. Below are some helpful hints for assembling a traveling trophy purchased from Affordable Trophies:

Very important: Please read all instructions before attempting to put the top on your award. We include assembly instructions with any order that includes an award that requires assembly; if you do not find assembly instructions, please email us for an instruction sheet.

Make sure to take everything out of your package and inspect for damage.

Make sure you have the right tool for the job.

For our traveling footballs and traveling beer can awards, make sure the rod is unscrewed to fit just a little past the hole in the base. Most awards are at the correct height when shipped, but may need to be adjusted a bit due to movement during shipment.

If the top never tightens and you are using a socket with extender, then the socket itself is not deep enough for the rod, or the extender does not go up into the base far enough. The tool we offer to provide will be long enough and deep enough to do the job.

Only hand-tighten the top; it should be just snug enough for to hold the figure in place.

Make sure you assemble your award on a solid surface. We suggest putting a towel on a table top to help avoid scratching your award during assembly.

When fully assembled, your award will be ready to present and will last for many years to come.

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Selecting an Awards Provider: Shipping Awards

When selecting an awards provider, it is important to consider how your purchased will be shipped.

At Affordable Trophies, we ship virtually all orders via UPS so that they are insured and trackable. We typically send detail plates for traveling awards  via US Mail – but everything else goes out via UPS. There is never a surprise … We will tell you up front how the item will be shipped, and we charge accordingly. Tracking numbers are provided so that you can follow your shipment’s status.

Be sure you know how your order would be shipped before selecting an awards provider.

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Selecting an Awards Provider: Past Order Information

When you are selecting an awards provider, one thing you should consider is how important it is that your future awards have the same style of engraving as previous awards, and/or for future detail plates for your traveling award to be engraved in the same font as previous plates.

Saving past engraving information is the only way to be able to be sure that future engraving can be done to match. This is important if you are providing the same award on a regular basis, or if you have a traveling award and want all of the detail plates to match. At Affordable Trophies, we save all engraving information for every order. We guarantee that we can engrave your new award or plate in the same font/style as your previous order. Unlike many places that save engraving information, we do not charge for this service.

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Selecting an Awards Provider: Does the Awards Provider Buy Back Old Trophies?

There are a number of considerations when selecting an awards provider, but one that is a dirty little secret for some providers is that they buy back old trophies. That may sound good for when you want to get what you can for old little league trophies, but think carefully before acquiring meaningful awards from such a retailer.

If the awards provider buys back old trophies, that means that when you buy a trophy from them, you are not necessarily getting a new award. They don’t buy them back to be nice – they are reselling them! At Affordable Trophies, we do not buy back old trophies. Every award we sell is guaranteed to be made of all new components. If you do not care how the recipient will feel about the award and you’d rather get a cheap trophy, then get one from a retailer that “recycles”. Our customers want their recipients to cherish their awards, and they want the awards they present to reflect the quality of their organizations.

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