1949 Outland Trophy on Auction Block

The 1949 Outland Trophy plaque that was awarded to Michigan State guard Ed Bagdon is being sold in an auction that ends next week.

Bagdon’s Outland trophy plaque is the oldest one to be auctioned off.  It’s being sold by California-based Nate D. Sanders Auctions.

Ed Bagdon 1949 Outland TrophyThe Outland Trophy is one of college football’s most prestigious awards and is presented by the Football Writers Association of America to the nation’s top interior lineman.  The FWAA awarded a plaque to the winner from 1946 until 1990, when they designed a trophy instead.

The top of the Bagdon plaque reads, “Dr. John H. Outland Award to the Outstanding College Guard or Tackle of the Year Selected by the Football Writers Association of America”. At the bottom, engraved on a copper strip it reads, “Ed Bagdon-Michigan State College-Guard 1949”.  The plaque measures 9.25″ x 12.5″,  and is described as being in “near fine” condition with light scratching.

Bagdon, a Dearborn, Michigan product played for the Spartans from 1946 until 1949. He was named a consensus All-American in 1949 and won the fourth annual Outland Trophy as the outstanding lineman in college football. The Chicago Cardinals drafted Bagdon in the seventh round in 1950. He died in 1990.

The auction closes June 14 at 5 p.m. Pacific Daylight Savings Time.