Oct 28

Football awards season is here!

Let us take the guess work out of award season.  We can provide trophies, medals, and plaques that meet your budget and will wow them at any age.  Give them something they will be proud of and will hold onto for years to come. Flag Football League

Many leagues no longer give awards.  We do have teams and sometimes parents who want to put something together for players to commemorate their season.  No order is too large or too small.  Call us to discuss!  330-793-6760

Check out the video below.  This is just a small sample of what is available.  Don’t forget about our custom printed columns!

Nov 03

The Gift Giving Season

It seems to start earlier every year.  Not because of the weather thankfully, but because retail stores tell you that it is time to get started.  Of course I am talking about the Christmas season.  More specifically the Christmas shopping season.

Do you grow weary of purchasing digital picture frames, gift cards, and fleece throws year after year?  Maybe it is time for something a little more special.

One popular option is our custom photo pendants.  These pendants can be printed with any color or black and white photo.  They are nickel free so they are allergen friendly.  The pendant itself is 1″ x 1″.  It includes an 18″ silver plated chain.  or a limited time, we will be selling these for only $22!

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If the heart shape isn’t your thing, ask about our oval and circle pendants.


What about something for one of the men in your life?  Custom printed dogtags are also available! These are $11 each or $20 for a pair.  Each order includes one standard aluminum bead chain.

Custom Dogtags

Jewelry isn’t for everyone.  If there is someone on your list that fits that category, we have aluminum Christmas ornaments.  Like everything else we print, these ornaments will not chip, peel, or fade. Date and/or a message of your choice can be printed on the back. All of the ornaments except for the paw have a machined decorative border around the edge. That side can be front or back. Ornaments are available while supplies last for $14.

Custom Aluminum Ornaments

These are just a few of our more popular custom gifts.  There are thousands of other products that can be made to meet your needs.  Give us a call and let us know what you are looking for.  330-793-6760


Nov 20

Let me answer that for you…

When it comes to awards, the vast number of options can be mind boggling. We couldn’t possibly even come close to portraying all of those options on our website. Of course with those options come many questions. Here are some of the ones we get on a daily basis…

I just need one trophy for an event. Can you do that?
Absolutely! It doesn’t matter if you need one item or 400. We have you covered.


Do you do engraving?
Not if we can help it. Engraving is no longer the industry standard. 99.9% of what we do is printed. Why is that? Engraving is time consuming and very limited. Typically engraving is billed by the letter. That gets expensive. By printing our work, we are able to add color, shadows, embellishments, photos, logos, etc…


Try engraving this…


Do you charge a setup fee?
No. 🙂


How far in advance should we order?
That is going to depend on quantity, specific requirements, and time of year. You need a last minute trophy for a company picnic? Give us a call and we will get something put together. You need 30 custom designed plaques at the end of Little League season? You might want to give us some time on that one.


We ordered from ‘XYZ Competitor’ last year. Are you able to provide us with the same trophies?
Often we can. Especially if you ordered locally. Some online vendors manufacture their own parts. Although we can’t always match their items exactly, we can usually put together something even better for the same or an even lower price.


I ordered trophies online and several of them had typos. Can you fix them?
We sure can. This happens all the time. Give us a call and we can get some replacement nameplates sorted out for you.


I’m tired of the same old trophies year after year. Can you make us something unique?
Unique is our specialty. Ask about our printed columns!



Lime green barbed wire anyone?

What are your hours?
Just call…we will answer. It can often be a pain to try to work around a trophy shop’s sporadic hours. We will do our best to work around your schedule.


Did your question not make the list? Give us a call!   330-793-6760

In the past year we have made thousands of trophies, hundreds of plaques, and just as many medals. This year, we want to make yours.


This is what we see when we close our eyes at night.

Jun 25

Argh! Pirates!

It is that time of year again!  This weekend is Put-in-Bay’s 5th annual Pyrate Fest. 34179_1563142197602_6487011_n

This is a very enjoyable event for the whole family.  Reenactments will be taking place all weekend.  There will be activities for the kids and plenty of photo ops.  It isn’t everyday that you get to cross swords with Captain Jack Sparrow!  Fancy yourself a costumer?  Suit up in your best pirate gear for a chance to win a Caribbean vacation!  All of this and so much more on an island where there is already plenty of entertainment options.

This will be our third year attending but it will be the first year that we will be vendors.  We have made some new items for this weekend that should be the envy of any swashbuckler! Cuff bracelets, phone cases, magnets, license plates, maps, and more!

If you come out, make sure you stop by and say hi!

We will be adding any stock we have left over to our Etsy shop and our webstore.  Be sure to watch our Facebook page for updates on that.



May 02

America’s Pastime….The Mini Version.

Little League season is upon us!  We figured it would be a good time to showcase a couple of our custom products.

First up is our Baseball Card Display Plaque.  This piece is a 5″ x 5″ custom sublimated aluminum plaque.  It features a premium sleeve that will hold any card up to 4″ x 3″.  An aluminum easel is attached to the back of the plaque that can be used to either prop it up or hang it on a wall.  This is a great way to show off your little slugger at home or in the office.card-500x500

Next we have our Custom Photo Trophies.  Because we can print anything you wish on a trophy column, we thought it would be neat to be able to own an award that has a little more personalization than your child’s name.  These trophies stand 9″ tall and can be decorated with any photo you choose.  A nameplate with up to three lines of text is included.  These trophies can be made for other sports as well, we just don’t have them listed yet.  If you are looking for a different sport, please contact us.  These are great for grandparents!photo column-500x500

In addition to these new products, don’t forget about our custom phone cases, pendants, etc…  These items are great for any occasion!

For those of you that are soon to be in charge of the arduous task of purchasing awards at the end of the season, please don’t forget to give us a call!  We have very competitive prices and you will not get more customization options anywhere!  If you know what you want, that is great.  If you have no idea, we are more than happy to sit down with you and help you figure it out.

Last but certainly not least, we sponsored a Tee Ball team!  Good luck to the Mahoning Valley Awards team, part of the Austintown Community Baseball League!


Apr 01

April is Autism Awareness Month

1 in 88.  That is the newest accepted figure for the number of children struggling with autism spectrum disorders.     Think about it, there are very few people who don’t know someone with a loved one affected, whether it is a friend, cousin,  co-worker’s kid or even your own child or grandchild.   For us at Mahoning Valley Awards it is very personal.   Our almost 3 year old daughter was diagnosed with autism right after her second birthday.  It affects not only her, but our whole family.   Her sister (only 11 months older than her) already defends her and steps up for her in public.  Up until about 2 months ago Lilly was non-verbal, and she only says a few words (understandable to only us and her teachers/therapists) now.  Her sister will tell people “Lilly doesn’t talk” when someone speaks to her in a store or at show we may be working at.

April is Autism awareness month, and we have designed some very neat, unique items to celebrate these truly wonderful people.   Our Lilly is the most loving child you will ever meet, and we want to encourage everyone to show their support for the things that make these individuals amazing.


Mahoning Valley Awards will donate 15% of profits from all autism awareness themed merchandise for the month of April to the Rich Center for Autism, a local center focused solely on treatment and support of autism spectrum disorders in our hometown.   They provide support and education to clients and family free of charge.


-Mahoning Valley Awards

Mar 26

HorrorHound Weekend Recap

So how was HorrorHound Weekend?  Eh….you know….AMAZING!!!

Such a good time, and a lot of new friends!  Our table was a hit!  Especially the iPhone cases.  Daryl Dixon himself, the one and only Norman Reedus, saw one of our brand new angel wing cases when one of our customers was taking a picture with him.  He loved it and had to have one!  Those will be available on our site very soon.

Another hot item was our custom iPhone cases.  You just stood in line for 6 hours to see your favorite celebrity.  You are going to want to show off that photo every chance you get!  Why not use it to protect that other prized possession?  Your smartphone!

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Mar 15

The Horror!

So what is this HorrorHound Weekend we have been talking about?

HorrorHound is a magazine that focuses on the Horror Genre.  Several times per year they host conventions throughout the Midwest.  Next weekend they are in Cincinnati.  Nearly half the cast of The Walking Dead will be there (including our personal favorite crossbow toting redneck…Norman Reedus!) among other celebrities like Robert Patrick and John Carpenter.

Danielle and I will be there selling merchandise for Screaming Tiki Studios.  We will have iPhone cases, dog tags, cuff bracelets, magnets, and more!

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Mar 12

Who do you think you are?

We have had a lot of people ask us recently...”Where did Mahoning Valley Awards come from?”Dance Wave Plaque

It is true, we are the new kids on the block (not to be confused with the boy band…we will be around longer than they were).  That doesn’t mean we don’t know what we are doing.

In February of this year, my wife, Danielle, and I took over Santor Awards.  Santor Awards had served the area since 1974 delivering quality trophies and awards at prices that couldn’t be beat.  Ed Santor continues to mentor us and teach us the trade and will do so for the foreseeable future.

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Mar 07

What makes MV-Awards different?

There are quite a few trophy businesses in the Youngstown area.  A trophy is a trophy right?

Yes and no.

We do use the same suppliers that all the other trophy shops use.  This is a good thing!  This means that if you see something you like elsewhere, we can most likely get it too.

What really sets us apart is the level in which we can customize our trophies.  We can print custom metal columns!  That means instead of being stuck with the same old plastic cut-to-order columns that the industry has moved to (of course we can do those too), we can give you a trophy that is completely unique. Read the rest of this entry »