Comparing Indianapolis trophy shops
Who we talked to
Ford Wilson, owner
Carmel Trophies Plus
411 S. Rangeline Road, Carmel
What services do you offer?
Diane Bardach: "We do engraving, laser engraving, glass etching, art-related products, display plates for artwork, gifts and awards, outdoor signage, bronze castings, trophies and plaques."
Ford Wilson: "We do traditional flat engraving and laser engraving, laser cutting, plastic signage, name badges, silk screening, plaques, awards, plates for framing documents, commemorative rings, pins and trophies."
Dave Combs: "We do trophies, awards, plaques, acrylics and pretty much any type of recognition item. We do laser engraving on site, and we also provide full-color sublimation services."
What are some of the options for figures on top of trophies?
Bardach: "We have figures for the major sports like baseball, swimming, tennis. Some of the more unusual are the spelling bee and a poker hand."
Wilson: "If it's not a standard victory figure, it's traditional sports figures like swimming, football and baseball. They make less common ones like toilet bowls and goofy golfers, too."
Combs: "The most popular figures are major sports like baseball, soccer, football. There are seasonal items available, too."
How do you charge for trophies?
Bardach: "Each trophy piece is a component that you can mix and match. For an average sports trophy, about 9 to 12 inches, you can expect to pay $7 to $13."
Wilson: "It's piece by piece. For the average 10 to 12 inch trophy, you can start at $7.50 and go on up through the roof [in price]."
Combs: "For just a figure on a marble base, it's about $3.75. For a figure with 10-inch column, it's $6.75. There's no limit on how much you can spend on a trophy."
How far in advance should people place their order?
Bardach: "Five to seven working days, but we do have rush service available."
Wilson: "Normally we try to do it in a week. We'll work with people who need it more quickly."
Combs: "A week to two weeks, but we can do rush jobs with no rush fees."
What makes you stand out from your competition?
Bardach: "Quality - we hold ourselves to a high standard of excellence and integrity."
Combs: "The biggest difference is we make and manufacture our own components, and our service."
What's the funniest or most unusual award or trophy request you've received?
Bardach: "We've mounted a toilet seat on a plaque, and we once mounted a shellacked cow patty."
Wilson: "The wackiest thing I've done is carp fish lips mounted on a trophy."
Combs: "Offhand, I can't think of anything."