Detroit area trophy shop owners answer questions
Who we talked to
Jim Saad, owner
Quick Made Trophy Sales
4600 E. 9 Mile Road, Warren, Mich.
Joel Noble, owner
M.J. Noble Co. Inc.
23077 Greenfield Road, Ste. 343, Southfield, Mich.
Marty Janeski, owner
Key Awards & Engraving
6635 Allen Road, Allen Park, Mich.
What services do you offer?
Jim Saad: "We do trophies, awards, plaques, medallions, ribbons and in-house engraving services."
Joel Noble: "I do engraving, trophies, plaques, cast bronze items, Lucite and acrylic awards, and award signs."
Marty Janeski: "We offer trophies, plaques, ribbons, pens, glass engraving, interior signage, name badges, executive gifts, imprinting - virtually anything that can be engraved, I'll engrave it."
What are some of the options for figures on top of trophies?
Saad: "The most common are the sports ones. We can also do things from a weight lifter to a bass fisher to a horse's ass."
Noble: "We can do all sports: baseball, basketball, football - you name it. The funniest is probably the comic golfer wrapping his club around his body."
Janeski: "I'd say the most common are probably baseball, bowling and sports in general. I've got a 'last place' donkey's ass, and poker-themed trophies are becoming more popular."
Are trophies becoming more or less unique today?
Saad: "More unique. Components are cheaper today because most of the stuff is made in China."
Noble: "There's a lot more options today, so that makes the traditional trophy less popular."
Janeski: "They're more unique with the advances in colored resins and moving parts available today."
How do you charge for trophies?
Saad: "The norm is from $5 and up, including the lettering. The most expensive one we have right now is $450. There's something in every price range."
Noble: "We can charge for the components separately or all together. The lowest starts between $3 and $5 and goes up from there."
Janeski: "Most run from $6.50 to $85, including engraving. There's something for everyone's budget."
What makes you stand out from your competition?
Saad: "Our speed and our price."
Noble: "Because I give truly personal service. When you come in, you see me."
Janeski: "My service and the quality of my engraving."
What's the funniest or most unusual award or trophy request you've received?
Saad: "There was a monsignor who was a great supporter of athletics, so we cast and mounted a jock strap on a plaque to recognize his support."
Noble: "I engraved a sterling silver tray in Spanish for the president of Mexico. And I did another silver tray engraving for Lee Iacocca."
Janeski: "I've mounted kitchen equipment like spatulas and spoons - almost anything can be done, given enough time."