This is my first re-posting of an old “College Football Independent” post. It was originally posted on that blog on December 29, 2008.
1934 Rose Bowl Trophy (on eBay) December 29, 2008
1934 Stanford Rose Bowl Trophy
While looking on ebay.com I came across the 1934 Rose Bowl Trophy! The seller is asking $9,999 for it and it will be interesting to see if anyone actually buys it. This is a great item for any private collection, but $10K is a big price tag.
I have no idea if this trophy sold or not, but the auction’s description said that the trophy belonged to Stanford. Stanford lost the 1934 Rose Bowl game to Columbia and so I imagine this is some kind of participation trophy for having been invited to play in the Rose Bowl (which is an honor, in and of itself).
*Edit/Update: A better title for this post would be “Duke Coach’s 1942 Rose Bowl Trophy Found….In Trash,” as it was apparently a trophy that was given to one of Duke’s coaches, and not the team trophy that was given to Oregon State (winners of the 1942 Rose Bowl).
However, after seeing how most schools treat their football trophies and artifacts I am not shocked by this news at all. Even I have found college football trophies in the trash.
By Yahoo Sports Staff November 13, 2014 1:04 AM Yahoo Sports Minute
Discovering a Rose Bowl trophy is one thing. But coming across a 1942 Rose Bowl trophy — a relic from the only time “The Granddaddy of Them All” wasn’t played in Pasadena, Calif. — is something different altogether. But according to a report by ABC 11 news in Raleigh, N.C., that’s exactly what happened to one lucky man.
The junk collector — who wished to remain anonymous — stumbled upon the piece of college football history four months ago while sifting through trash. The 1942 Rose Bowl between Duke and Oregon State was moved to Durham, N.C. due to a government ban on all large public gatherings on the West Coast of the United States in the wake of the Pearl Harbor attack. The Beavers beat the Blue Devils 20-16 at Duke’s home stadium in front of 56,000 fans (some of which sat on borrowed bleachers from nearby University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill).
Even coaches on the losing side received hardware. The recovered item appears to have been originally awarded to then-Blue Devils backfield coach Eddie Cameron — the same Eddie Cameron who has an Indoor Stadium named after him.
The man plans to let Duke have the first chance to buy the trophy. After that, he says it will go to the highest bidder.