Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Cycling Tour de France Trophy Stolen

The trophy presented to the 2018 Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas has been stolen from a temporary exhibition in Birmingham. The trophy is a handmade porceline bowl on stem, hand painted and decorated with gold trim, and made in the legendary French ceramics heartland of Sevres. The trophy disappeared during a cycling show at the NEC Birmingham where Thomas's team, Team Sky, were exhibiting it along with two other Grand Tour trophies won by the team. Co-incidently, Birmingham was also the location for another famous trophy theft when the original F.A. Cup was taken from the window of a shop in 1985. That silver trophy, which had been made in Birmingham and was won that year by the city's Aston Villa team, was never recovered. It remains to be seen whether the 2018 Tour de France trophy will be returned or found, but at least it is possible to obtain a replacement. The trophy is actually called the 'Coupe Omnisports' and was designed in 1971 by illustrator and engraver Roger Vieillard. As its name suggests, this trophy was awarded for a multitude of different sports and achievements, and was first presented to Tour de France winners in 1975. Since then a new iteration of the same trophy has been presented to the tour winner every year, except 2013 when Chris Froome received a unique, larger version in recognition of the centenary of the Tour de France. The trophies, along with smaller versions, are all still crafted in the same state-owned Sevres workshop and continue to be used for a range of sporting and official presentations. Commenting on the disapparance of the 2018 Tour de France trophy, Geraint Thomas said: 'It goes without saying that the trophy is of pretty limited value to whoever took it, but means a lot to me and to the team.' In fact the resale value of these beautiful trophies may be even lower, as in 2010 a full-size version awarded to powerboat racer Robert Spalding in 1985 was put up for auction and sold for just £168. For Spalding, and for Thomas and his team, we're sure the value is priceless. For a choice selection of universal Crystal Awards Trophies or traditional silver trophy cups visit

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Price of a Trophy Versus Value of a Trophy

A sad story reported by the Daily Mail yesterday about football legend Ian Wright having some of his trophies put up for auction. We were interested to see the valuations put on some of the trophies - for instance, Wrighty's Golden Boot trophy, awarded for his 29 goals in the 1991-92 season, was up for sale at £6,000. The report also suggested that a Goal of the Month trophy, awarded for his goal against Swindon in 1995, was also for sale at £6,000 though there may be some confusion between the two trophies as surely an end-of-season Golden Boot should be worth more than a monthly trophy? The story, while of course distressing for Wright, also raises the age-old issue of value versus cost. To Wright, we're sure, these awards are priceless. And indeed even though he may not have possession of the trophy, he still has the honour of the award ... no-one can buy that (unless they're bribing their way to the highest goal tally). But nevertheless someone has put a price on these trophies, a price that is much higher than the cost to produce the item, but much lower than the value of the award. Presumably the prices in this case are memorabilia prices, based on the provenance of the trophies and items. Which is slightly different to buying trophies to award to players in your club, league or competition. For that, there are a number of online trophy shops selling brand new, unused, football trophies ... you can even buy a new football golden boot trophy to award, at very reasonable cost, but just remember it is the achievement itself that gives value to the trophy.