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Christmas Gift Ideas! Check it out! Check it Off!

If you are looking for gifts that will be around for decades instead of weeks, consider a quality gift from Advantage Trophy. We offer an array of items no one else has. We’ve searched the world and found craftsman and artists and created partnerships with them. That, combined with our state of the art laser engraver, make a unique item that becomes a treasure. Consider the following for your special people! Remember engraving is included in most costs.

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Tumblers – Explaining Powder Coating and Laser Imaging

And here is where the problems start occurring for engraving. . When a flaw occurs in the process, the powder coater applies a “little extra” to the surface, making a uneven area in the cup. Some of the cheaper brands are not consistent in their coating, creating uneven surfaces.

Now we have to talk about the laser process itself. Laser machines are rated by wattage. Advantage Trophy has a 40 watt Epilog Helix which has its specific settings. Speed and power are the two raster settings that make images. If you are burning too hot, you can speed up the laser, or use less power. Experience tells you which one will work best.

The tumbler is placed on a rotation device that slowly turns the cup while the laser moves back and forth across the surface. The distance is also a factor because of the laser’s focus. So if a surface is curved, it will lose focus somewhere across the surface.

If you are following this so far, you can guess what happens to a tumbler that has different depths or layers of powder coating. If it is too thin, the laser burns the surface and the edges of the image, ruining the burn. If it is too thin, the laser does not cut to the surface, meaning the stainless steel is not exposed. Either way, the tumbler is ruined and goes on the useless pile.

If the cup is etched properly, there will be a residue left on the surface. In our practice, we use either L.A. Awesome or Zep 505. We turn the tumblers upside down and spray the area with the soap, wait 60-120 seconds and use Magic Eraser type cleaning sponges bought in bulk while running under warm water. I make sure I rinse the inside as well, so the soap residue is removed.

Afterwards, I place them on a table and take a rag or towel and dry them off to there is no soap residue to mar the surface or eat away at the coating if they are not used right away. In our last run, not a single tumbler was flawed – they were all Yeti ramblers. Adding handles makes for a lopsided turn and they will often lurch while turning and ruin the cup. If my shop was better ventilated, I would strip them and Cermark them.

That ends my discourse on powder coatings on tumblers. The best brands tend to be those with the most consistent powder coatings. People come into the store talking about how long thier Yeti, or Ozark, or Rtic, Ozark, MEWA, etc. will keep their drink hot or cold, yet they usually finish it in an hour or two at the most! Our biggest supplier sells Polar Camels and they seem to do the same thing for a little over half the price.

We make about the same if we sell the tumbler or if we just engrave. Next, I’ll give a simple explanation of “Vacuum Sealed” and how it keeps temperatures the same for a long period of time.

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Realtor’s Specials

Realtors should take a look at Advantage Trophy’s new offerings made just for you. I’ve bought and sold 4 houses in my life and each time, my realtor would make a gift that was either disposable, such as a fruit basket or flowers, or forgotten, such as…well, I don’t remember!

I offer items that will be on display in their homes and remind them of who helped them buy their house. When they move, as they usually do, that item will have your info on it to remind them.

Our first offering is the Whiskey/Wine Box. These are hand made by Maryland woodworkers from Maryland Wood. The Concept Wood Design is made of repurposed walnut and oak, available in two sizes and is hinged. We engrave the cover, a decanter and two glasses. You may remove the decanter and add your own wine or whiskey. The short box is $99 and the tall box is $109.

The “George” is a slider cover design and is stained brown. It’s one size right now and is $99.

We also offer cutting boards for the kitchen, engraved with the family name, date of residence and a logo.

Both can have your Realtor Logo and name tastefully added to the corner.

Next is the Realtor Cube by Milestone Cube. 4 Sides are engraved with information to remind them of the Closing/Settlement Date, a photo of the house laser engraved, Realtor Logo and a key space. The name and a thank you from the realtor complete the cube. $75 for an item that will be kept for the life of the house.

We have tons of promotional items, and welcome you to view them. Come look! Christmas ornaments customized for your business, pins and anything you need – Look under Simba!

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Casino Night – Show Biz Productions

Many people know that I have played poker since I was 12 and that I have played in WSOP Events in Las Vegas, including the 2010 Final Event. I also am a Poker Dealer, and so is Phillip. Phillip dealt poker at Maryland Live! but didn’t care for it. As a teacher, I dealt a few underground games, but the risk of being arrested as a teacher was not worth the extra pay. I considered becoming a dealer after retirement, but now I own Advantage Trophy and Engraving!

But since 2010, I have dealt for several casino companies around the beltway, and as I got busy, I declined work from most and settled of dealing for my friend, Steve Phillips of Show Biz Productions, Inc. He offers Casino Parties, poker tournaments and other events and has over 35 years experience. Check out Steve’s website at:

And that’s why you see me offering poker equipment. I’ve played thousands of games in America, the Caribbean, France, England and Ireland, as well as cruise line poker and have seen a lot of ways to do it.

If you are in need of a Casino Night and Awards, combine services! Steve and I will give go great service and a great deal. Tell Steve that Steve sent you. Click here for Show Biz