Ed Bagdon’s 1949 Outland Trophy Sold at Auction
Ed Bagdon's 1949 Outland Trophy sold for $8,652 (including buyer's premium) in auction this week. The Outland Trophy is the yearly award given to the nation's best college football interior lineman by the Football Writers Association of America. The award was first given in 1946 as a plaque and in 1990, the award was changed to a trophy.
The sale of the trophy was organized by Bagdon's son, Dave. The money raised will be provided to senior citizens near his home in Hesperia, California. Dave hoped the plaque would sell for a bit more but was content with the amount as it was still enough to help several people. At this time, there are no plans to sell any more of his father's memorabilia.
A Michigan State Alumni, Bagdon turned his strong college career into a seventh-round selection by the Chicago Cardinals. Bagdon spent three seasons in the NFL and also played for the Washington Redskins. Bagdon passed away in 1990 at the age of 64.
The 1949 Outland Trophy was sold through Nate D. Sanders Auctions.