Ransom's Trophies and Awards Information
As a tournament director or a member of a tournament committee you have placed a great deal of responsibility upon yourself. In part you are responsible for creating an enjoyable tournament for parents and spectators, a competitive tournament for the young athletes, and a profitable tournament for the organization you represent. A big part of doing all three of these things hinges on the awards that you choose to present at your event.
When purchasing awards many factors come into play. Are they quality awards? How do we get them to the tournament site? Do we have to pay in advance? What is the cost? Like you, these are all questions that I have asked myself as a Tournament Director for youth, Junior High and Varsity tournaments alike. These are also the same questions that I have addressed as the owner of Ransom’s Awards and Trophies.
Are they quality awards? Simply put, YES! I only use marble and wooden bases in order to provide a heavier award while also avoiding the top-heavy feel that will often come with the light award bases. I also only use thinker walled columns so that awards have a “meatier” feel when held. Finally I only use the highest quality top-figures and trim to give the award an overall High-Quality look and feel.
How do we get these awards to the tournament site? I have been in your position before and know first-hand the pressure you are under in the months, weeks and days leading up to your tournament. It is for this reason that I hand-deliver every order free of charge. Your awards will be delivered to your tournament site on the day of the tournament or even the night prior while setting up for the tournament. Simply put, once you order with Ransom’s Awards and Trophies you can safely delegate the responsibility, and worry, onto my shoulders so that you can focus your energies elsewhere.
Do you have to pay in advance? No, I will vary rarely ask for payment upfront, if ever. Because I have been in your position before, I know full well that many youth wrestling organizations do not have the funds to pay for needed items prior to the tournament. The tournament profit is used to later pay for awards, officials, food, etc. I am more than content in waiting for payment until after the tournament. The “norm” is to make payment upon delivery however.
What is the cost? I have learned in my time of providing awards to youth organizations that I am able to beat the prices of 99% of the brick and mortar stores and beat or match the prices of 90% of the online companies that exist. That being said, awards come in all shapes, sizes and designs. I attempt to keep pricing very simple for your sanity and ease; and quite frankly for my sanity and ease. Below are pictures of a very commonly used smaller award along with a commonly used larger awards. Keep in mind, the prices listed do not include the earned discount through pywrestling.com
Positioned in the front middle is a smaller but commonly used award. It is approximately 10 inches in height. Sits on a marble base, constructed with a thick walled round column and has a commonly used top-figure. No Trim included with the award. Fifty of these awards were provided to St. Mary’s Youth Wrestling just last year at the cost of $5.50 per award.
For your information the award to the left of the picture is a 14 inch single round column priced at $7.00 and to the left of the picture is a 16 inch single round column priced at $7.75. The award in the back is a larger award. It is an 18 inch double round column priced at $15.50. All of these awards were purchased at a quantity of 50.
Positioned in the middle is an average sized and commonly used award. It is approxiamtely 18 inches in height. Sits on a marble base, constructed with a thick walled square/oval column and has a commonly used top-figure. Trim references the place (“2nd”). Sixty Five of these awards were provided to The Western Pennsylvania Youth Championship just last year at the cost of $14.50 per award.
For your information the award to the left of the picture is a 24 inch single square/oval column priced at $19.00. This award was used for the first place finishers. The speciality trim (cup on top of column) accounts for some of the additional cost. All of these awards were purchased at a quantity of 65.
Positioned in the front left is a larger and commonly used award. It is approxiamtely 24 inches in height. Sits on a marble base with a marble transition and marble lid, constructed with thick walled round and oval columns and has a commonly used top-figure. Trim included are the commonly used eagle and the year. Thirty Five of these awards were provided to Punxsutawny Youth Wrestling just last year at the cost of $23.00 per award.
For your information the award in the middle of the picture is a 30 inch triple round column priced at $31.00 and in the back of the picture is a 20 inch double round column priced at $16.50 All of these awards were purchased at a quantity of 35.
Attached above is a very large and commonly used award. It is a triple column, double platform 48 inch round and square column award. It sits on a wooden base, contructed with thicked walled columns and has a commonly used top-figure. The trim on this award is the commonly used eagles, the year and a speciality insert referrencing the tournament. Thirty Six of these awards were purchased by Ravenswood, WV Youth Wrestling at a cost of $45.00 per award.
I hope that you are able to use these prices to gain a better understanding about the quality of the awards that I can provide and respect the prices that are offered all while embracing the customer service being provided.
As I mentioned above, I have learned that keeping things simple is often the best route when working with larger organizations. Because of this philosophy I adjusted prices based only only a couple factors. They are:
1) Height of the overall trophy
2) Width of the base (This typically means trim vs no trim)
3) One column vs Two columns vs Three columns vs more
4) Quantity of awards ordered
Other details like column color, type of trim and number of characters on the plate NEVER effect the cost. The type of topper will occasional effect the cost but very little if ever.
Contacting me for a quote is free and will gladly be sent to you and/or your committee inside of 24-48 hours. Many of your uncertainties can be cleared up by simply contacting me for a quote. I can be contacted by email at RansomsAwards@gmail.com or via phone at 570-660-2800.