WNBA All-Star MVP trophy not $18

A viral social media post claimed the WNBA presented All-Star MVP Kelsey Plum with an $18 trophy. That’s wrong.

The WNBA is in the middle of its season, and like many other professional American sports leagues, it needed a midseason break to play the league’s all-star game between its best players.

But the celebration of the league’s top stars hasn’t garnered as much attention on social media for the games on the pitch as it has for people criticizing the small trophy bestowed on the game’s MVP, Kelsey Plum. A post claiming the trophy can be purchased online for $18 went viral on both Twitter and Facebook.

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Posted by Basketball Within Borders on Monday July 11, 2022

THE QUESTION

Did the WNBA All-Star MVP award Kelsey Plum an $18 trophy?

THE SOURCES

THE ANSWER

That's wrong.

No, the WNBA didn’t give All-Star MVP Kelsey Plum an $18 trophy.

WHAT WE FOUND

On July 10, WNBA player Kelsey Plum won the All-Star MVP award after scoring a record-breaking 30 points in the annual exhibition game. The WNBA presented her with a small silver trophy. The WNBA confirmed to VERIFY that the trophy was created for the league by luxury jewelry brand Tiffany & Co. and did not cost $18. The WNBA did not share the actual price of the trophy.

Tiffany & Co. makes championship and MVP trophies for many of the largest sporting events in the United States, including championship trophies for the MLB, NBA, NFL and WNBA.

The company says its artisans create 65 custom trophies each year. Each trophy is stamped ‘T & CO MAKERS’, a unique pattern number and other hallmarks. Tiffany & Co. trophy designs are not sold to consumers.

The products that Tiffany & Co. retails are often expensive. For example, Tiffany & Co. sells this 3-inch tall silver wine tumbler for $600 and this 5-inch tall silver candle holder for over $3,000.

In the viral social media post, a screenshot of a Google search for “trophy cup silver” with search engine shopping results popped up can be seen. The screenshot shows a trophy sold by K2 Awards for $18 listed as “Elegant Silver Metal Cup Trophy 6 Inches at K2 Awards”.

The K2 Awards trophy in the tweet looks similar to the All Star MVP trophy but is not the same. A larger image of the WNBA trophy clearly shows some differences next to the engraving, e.g. B. Different designs for the top and the handles of the trophy.

K2 Awards is selling a trophy for $18, but it’s not the trophy featured in the viral tweet. This $18 trophy is called the “Elegant Silver Metal Cup Trophy 6 Inches at K2 Awards” and has an open cup shape as opposed to the closed cup of the WNBA trophy and the trophy in the tweet.

The trophy in the tweet, which appears to be from a Google search, actually sells for between $350 and $995, depending on the size of the trophy and the retailer selling it.

So we can VERIFY that the viral tweet is fake; The alleged $18 trophy shown in the tweet was actually made by a different retailer and is more expensive than $18. And that trophy isn’t the trophy awarded to WNBA All-Star MVP Kelsey Plum; Plum was gifted a trophy from luxury silver brand Tiffany & Co., which is not available in retail.

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