Where Can I Buy a FIFA Trophy Replica?
We've all seen the famous image of that golden muscular looking FIFA World Cup Soccer trophy in every sports magazine, on TV, movie ads, in video games and music videos. It has become a real pop up icon in the last month or so as South Africa counts down to the opening ceremonies of the World Cup Football Event in June 2010. At first, people did not know what the little golden phallus was about when it popped up at the bottom of our TV screens while watching TLN. It certainly catches your eye and pretty soon we ALL know what it is and where it is and that we want to have one.
Some very clever entrepreneurs have taken this ball and run with it. Everyone can now have a FIFA trophy of their very own. Replicas of the World Cup are now available at very affordable prices; they are not made of solid 18 K gold like original soccer trophy, these fake FIFA trophies are made of a rather unusual substance called colophony. Colophony, is a resinous substance derived from the oleoresinous sap of pine and other coniferous trees. It's place of origin is said to be Colophon an ancient ionic city in present day Turkey and it has many other uses besides trophy making, including violin string resin, varnishes, adhesives, cosmetics, cleaning solvents, sports grips, fireworks, chewing gum and paper products.
The replica World Cup 2010 trophy is not made in turkey however; like many sports souvenirs, such as the Canada Olympic Red Mittens were made in China, the replica trophy is also manufactured there too. It's getting hard to find a product that is NOT made in China these days, so, although many naysayers will speak out about how the FIFA trophy replicas & souvenirs, could have been made in Africa, it is a fact of 21st century life that all This kind of stuff gets made in China.
The Chinese have been making resin statues and other products for thousands of years and they do a great job of it and the fake soccer trophies are no exception. They are shiny, golden, perfectly formed and even have the same heft in the hand as the real deal. The replicas are the exact same size and weight as the original trophy and they also come in smaller sizes; scale 1: 2 and scale 1:16 as well as the miniature key chain FIFA trophy, pendant or "minicord" size.
So, if these replica trophies are not in stores, then where can you buy them? They are available to everyone in the world right now from online African Football Shops, classified ad sites, like Craigslist, and at public auctions everywhere. You will want to get one soon as there were a limited number manufactured and no word of any more coming. As they say in all the TV ads "Do not Delay!"