Affordable Trophies Podcast – Episode 006

Episode 006 of the Affordable Trophies Podcast has been uploaded! This blog entry will serve as the show notes for this episode.

Regina and Ryan discuss how our detail plates work. From the time when we designed our first traveling award to the most current, we have tried to take the most practical approach to traveling awards. We talk about the two different types of plates that are used to engrave your yearly champion. We discuss the options available for having your future detail plates engraved.

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Put Your Invoice Number on the Bottom of Your Trophy

We have found that a number of leagues make the winner responsible for ordering his detail plate; when he asks for a quote for a new plate for the award, he has to be able to tell us who originally placed the order to help us find the order in our system. Often he does not know, or gives us an incorrect name (for example, Joe Smith, when the order was placed under the name Joseph Smith). If you can give us the order number, that is the quickest way for us to find the previous information for the order. So, if you were to write that number on the bottom of the award, whoever places the order for the new plate will always be able to tell us what we need to know to ensure that the engraving of the new plate is done in the same format as the other plates on the award.

Affordable Trophies Podcast – Episode 004

Episode 004 of the Affordable Trophies Podcast has been uploaded! This blog entry will serve as the show notes for this episode.

Regina and Steve discuss engraving on fantasy football awards, focusing on the text. Logos will be discussed in an upcoming episode, but this one covers everything that should be considered when having a title plate or detail plate engraved.

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Parts and Components

Affordable Trophies is your retail source for completed trophies for fantasy sports. We do not sell parts or components. We do not sell cut or blank plates of any kind, except those included with awards.

We can certainly provide detail plates with engraving for customers that have purchased a traveling award from us. And we can provide the tops of awards for customers who are upgrading their award that they purchased from us, or have damaged the top of an award they purchased from us. Unfortunately, we cannot provide these items for awards not purchased from Affordable Trophies.

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The Small Plates on My Traveling Award Look Dull and Scratched

When you received your new traveling award, you may have been initially disappointed that some of the detail plates appear dull and maybe even scratched. Upon further investigation, you may notice that it is just the unengraved plates that look that way. Don’t panic!

All plates that are not engraved have a thick film on them from the manufacturing company when cut. You cannot tell this film is on the plates, except it makes them appear dull and sometimes scratched. We leave that plastic film in place to ensure that these plates do not get scratched before you have a chance to have them engraved. If you prefer, you can remove this film by removing the screws and peeling from the corner. The film will peel off and the plate will be very shiny.

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How Do I Order a New Detail Plate for My Traveling Award?

You’ve completed another successful season in your fantasy league, and now it’s time to add your new champion’s name to your traveling award … What do you need to do to get a new plate that is engraved to match your previous plates? That is what we want to address in this blog posting.

At Affordable Trophies, we keep all engraving files from previous orders, so it is no problem to engrave another plate in the same font size/style as we did on your previous order. We will refer to your previous invoice for customers to review content and format. You will find your Previous Invoice on our homepage. Make sure to use the complete invoice number (usually eight characters – six numbers, with your initials at the end, with no spaces). If you are ordering just additional plates for awards you ordered from us previously, we typically ship them via uninsured US Mail to save on shipping costs. Let us know if you would prefer them to be shipped via UPS (the cost would be significantly higher). To request a new plate, please use our Plate Quote Request form.

Be careful on these things when ordering a new plate for your traveling trophy: It is your responsibility to make sure that all spelling is correct and that the text is laid out as you would like. We will use your previous order as a template to make sure that the same font and lettering size is used, but we cannot re-structure your submitted engraving info to make sure that, for example, the team name and team owner are in the same order as your previous plates. Please make sure your invoice contains your current address before issuing your payment. Review your invoice carefully to ensure that everything is correct before issuing your payment; once payment has been made, extra costs will be incurred if any further changes are necessary.

Your traveling trophy is your league’s monument to greatness, and you want to do everything you can to make it look the best it can when you add new information to it. We at Affordable Trophies can help in that effort and can help you minimize your costs in doing so if you follow the guidelines presented here.

Traveling Awards – Small Plates vs Large Plates

A traveling award is one that is passed from champion to champion, and contains engraving information for each past champion. Many awards providers put all of this information on one large plate. This may make the award less expensive at time of purchase, but there are some drawbacks. You would have to remove that large plate to have additional engraving added; it is expensive to ship such a plate both ways, so many of those shops prefer to just re-engrave all of your information on a new plate. Most local shops cannot add engraving to a plate that was engraved elsewhere, or will charge a significant fee to do so.

We feel the best solution is to engrave each champion’s information on a smaller individual plate. All of our traveling awards include a number of small detail plates premounted with small brass screws. We use a very standard engraving font on these plates that any engraver should be able to match. This gives our customers the option of having the detail plates engraved locally, or we can provide that service. If you’d like for us to engrave your detail plate, it is less expensive to ship a new plate than for you to send us one of your blank ones. We keep all past engraving files, so we will engrave your detail plate with the exact same font as the previous plates that we engraved for you. In fact, we have past invoices available online so that our customers can review their engraving specifications before submitting a new plate request. If you do not know your previous invoice number, just email us and we’ll be happy to look that up and provide it for you.

Small plates are less expensive in following years, and provide more flexibility and convenience for the customer.