Oregon State Pin (c. 1950’s)

This pin looks similar to one of the earlier pins I posted (with the two plastic footballs players tackling each other). Both have the same picture of the football players on the top half of the pin.  The difference is below the picture this pin just says Oregon State while the earlier pin says Oregon State Beavers. The players in the picture do not have facemasks, which would likely put this as a 1950’s era pinback. I haven’t seen this pin with a ribbon or charm yet.
1950's Possibly

1965 Oregon State Rose Bowl Pin With Metal Charm

This pin with a small metal football player charm is from the 1965 Rose Bowl, the last time the Beavs played in a Rose Bowl game.  Oregon State lost to Michigan 34-7 and here is a little background about that game.  The Beavers made their third Rose Bowl appearance with a bit of controversy. Following the disbanding of the Pacific Coast Conference in 1959 due to a pay-for-play scandal, the reformed Athletic Association of Western Universities did not initially include Oregon State and Oregon. The two Oregon schools rejoined in time for the 1964 season, but the conference did not have time to reschedule a full head-to-head conference schedule. As a result, Oregon State and USC did not play each other, and when they finished with identical 3–1 conference records, the decision of which team to send to Pasadena was left to a vote among the conference’s schools. At first, the most people assumed Oregon State would get the nod based on their better overall record (8–2 vs. 7–3). However, when it was announced that the vote would be delayed until after USC’s season ending game with top ranked and undefeated Notre Dame, many people inferred that if USC upset the Irish, they would get the nod. Indeed, USC shocked Notre Dame 20–17 so now many people assumed USC would get the Rose Bowl invitation. When the vote was taken just hours after the USC – Notre Dame game, the conferences’ eight members split, four votes for both Oregon State and USC. The tiebreaker in such an instance was to eliminate the team that had more recently gone to the Rose Bowl, and Southern California had gone two years prior.

1965 Rose Bowl

Early 1960’s Beaver Pin with Plastic Figurine

This vintage Oregon State pinback is one of my favorites because it is the only one I have seen with a small plastic figurine of a football player that was hand painted. By looking at the uniform and helmet of the little figure with the two bars across the facemask, I would date this to the early 1960’s. This came out of a collection of similar pins from other colleges, but I’m not sure who made them or why!


Oregon State Pin & Charm

Here is another Oregon State pin with a black and orange ribbon and small plastic football charm.  I’m not sure of the age on this one, but it seems to be probably from the 1960’s if I had to guess!  I haven’t seen a lot of pins after the 1970’s that were made with the elaborate ribbons and charms like many of the old ones have.


1917 OAC Pin from Railroad Company

This is one of the oldest pins I have dating back to 1917.  This pin was given out by a railroad that I’m assuming made stops in Corvallis (I have to look at the back of the pin to find the railroad company’s name).  I have seen a similar pin from the 1920’s by the same railroad but never another one this old.  This was given to me by an old-timer in Corvallis who has been collecting small things like this for years.  He’ll probably have one heck of an estate sale!

1917 OAC Railroad Pin

Rose Bowl Pinback

Here is another Oregon State Rose Bowl pinback that is different from the previously posted ones.  This pin has the original ribbons, but I’m unsure of the date.  Just given the overall style and condition, I’m going to surmise this one is from the 1965 game!  I guess one good thing about the Beavers only going to three Rose Bowls is it narrows down my choice for which year some of these items are from!

1965 Possibly

1942 Rose Bowl Pin & Ribbon

Here is the second of the two 1942 Rose Bowl ribbons that I have found.  This pin is much smaller than the first, a little bigger than a quarter, and the gold writing on the black ribbon has mostly worn off.  But if you look closely, you can still read that it says “Oregon State Beavers vs. Duke Blue Devils,” and below that, “Durham, N.C.”

1942 Rose Bowl Pin

1957 Rose Bowl Pin

This pin, showing a beaver chewing on wood and a chain link to a rose, is from the Beaver’s 1957 Rose Bowl game versus Iowa.  I’m not exactly sure what the three letters stand for, but it’s likely someone’s initials (maybe a players or a staff member?) or possibly it was for a campus organization.  Any thoughts?

1957 RB Pin

Oregon State Pinback with Charm

This pinback with the original ribbons and plastic charm is likely from the 1950’s and possibly from the 1957 Rose Bowl.  It is uncommon to find these vintage school pins with ribbons in the first place and even more uncommon to find them with the original charms as well.  Typically, the charms are small footballs dangling from a piece of chain or fabric.  This is the only Oregon State ribbon I have found with a plastic charm that is hand painted showing the two tackling football players.

1950's Pinback