About Most expensive football trophies in the world
Trophies and awards are often used to mark excellence in a certain field whether it be football trophies, trophy for sports, cricket trophies, golf trophies or medals. Since as far back as ancient times, trophies have been used to mark victories in all arenas of life. Stepping away from cheap trophies we take a look at top most expensive football trophies in the sports world today.
1. Fifa World Cup – $10 million +
Fifty-three submissions were received from sculptors in seven countries to make the Fifa World Cup. Italian artist Silvio Gazzaniga was awarded the commission. The trophy stands 14.4inches tall and is made of 11lb of 18 carat (75%) gold with a base containing two layers of malachite. It has been asserted by Martyn Poliakoff that the trophy is hollow; if, as is claimed, it were solid, the trophy would weigh 70–80 kg and would be too heavy to lift. Produced by Bertoni, Milano, it weighs 13.6lb in total and depicts two human figures holding up the Earth. Gazzaniga described the trophy thus, “The lines spring out from the base, rising in spirals, stretching out to receive the world. It was estimated in 2010 that the World Cup trophy is worth over $10 million.
2. Stanley Cup – $650,000 Plus Travel Costs
In the year 1892, Lord Stanley, who was the Governor General of Canada purchased a punch bowl from a silversmith in London. The Cup was seven inches in height with a base of one feet and was priced at $48.67 (I Think The Symbol Used Is Incorrect. It will be in pounds symbol or else the sentence doesn’t make sense) that came to an amount of $1,100 approximately in US currency owing to the inflation at the time. This was bought as an award for the best hockey club in Canada.
If you get to look at the Cup now, there is very little to remind you of the original punch bowl that was purchased in 1892. There are tiers attached at the bottom of the bowl followed by narrow bands, and then uneven bands. The changes made have also facilitated the original cup bought by Lord Stanley, where the name of every player has been inscribed. While newer bands have been attached with names of newer players within teams several older bands have been removed to make way for the new as well.
The Stanley Cup is an impressive piece that is three feet in height and weighs more than 34 pounds. Being given in the possession of every winning team member, coach and training members along with office staff members for a period of 24 hours in the off season months of the year. Needless to say, the Stanley Cup has a busy travel schedule between homes and offices that also costs approximately $2,000, as quoted by curator Phil Pritchard.
Each player also receives a Stanley Cup ring for their achievements. This is priced at $30,000 each, according to the estimates given by Phil Pritchard. Players also receive a miniature trophy each priced between $1,000 to $1,500.
3. Super Bowl Trophy – $50,000
The trophy handed to the NFL champion and named in Lombardi’s honor, is no ordinary piece of tin. This sterling-silver Tiffany and Co.-created trophy is nearly two feet tall and shaped like a kick-ready football. Done from scratch every year, it costs $50,000, takes four months and 72 man-hours to complete. The words “Vince Lombardi Trophy” and the NFL shield are engraved onto the base.
4. World Series Trophy – $15,000
Even though there has been a World Series since 1903, the trophy wasn’t doled out until 1967. As with the Lombardi Trophy, a new Commissioner’s Trophy is created each year. The current trophy design, changed in 1999 and also a Tiffany production, is also in silver and is worth approximately $15,000. It’s also two feet tall, weighs around 30 pounds, with 30 gold-plated flags – one for each Major League team – grouped around a silver baseball that contains 24-karat vermeil stitches.