Let’s get jiggy(saw) with it.

Everyone loves a good jigsaw puzzle, right? There’s just something about completing one that makes you feel good. You look at it for a few minutes, feel a sense of accomplishment, then take it apart and back in the box it goes.

Today I’ll be talking about the various Bobby Orr puzzles that were available in the early 70’s.

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These show Bobby in his home (white) and away (black)  jerseys. The black jersey version is more difficult to find, but if you’re patient you’ll find it on Ebay eventually.  They both came in a box as you can see.

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The white jersey version was also available in a can.

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There is another canned version wearing the black jersey.

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The canned versions are a little more difficult to find, but once again with a little patience they are out there.

The final puzzle is the creme de la creme of Bobby Orr puzzles. Super rare and very expensive. If you see one of these and it’s complete, buy it. I give you the GIANT Bobby Orr puzzle.

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This puzzle measure 2 ft x 4 ft. In 15 years I have only seen this for sale 3 times. The first time I saw it was at a Jolly Jim’s/collectibles show in the late 90’s. I bought it from a dealer and raced home to put it together. Unfortunately, most of his face as well as a few other pieces were missing, so I returned it. A few years later the one you see in the picture popped up on Ebay. It had a starting bid of $150 but you could buy it now for $300. That’s what I did. I’m glad I did because I didn’t see it again until around 2005 when it sold on Ebay for over $650. I would speculate that the value has only gone up since then. This puzzle is definitely one of my favorite items in my collection.

Thanks again for reading and hope you all have a great week!

27 Responses to “Let’s get jiggy(saw) with it.”

  1. The Goog says:

    Wow, not only is it a cool display piece but it’s also gone up in value! You can’t ask for more than that.

  2. Gary says:

    It’s nice that the value has gone up, but I’ll never sell it or any of my other Orr collectibles for that matter unless I’m really desperate for money. Even then It would be difficult.

  3. Comicazi Mike says:

    I used to have the white jersey version in the can. Gosh! Puzzles are cool!

  4. Gary says:

    Yes they are my friend, yes they are.

  5. JEFF JOHNSTON says:

    I GOT THE “LIFE-SIZE FOR $650. I ALSO HAVE ALL 5 PUZZLES.
    THE PUZZLE COMPANY ALSO SOLD “PINS”, 3″ ROUND, THE ORR MATCH’S THE BLACK JERSEY SOLD IN THE CAN.
    NICE COLLECTION!!!!

  6. Gary says:

    Thanks Jeff. That’s pretty sweet that you have all the puzzles, especially the life size one. I also have the pin that you mentioned. I have alot more Orr items in my collection, including some more rare stuff that I will be talking about down the road. Keep checking back every Sunday or Monday for a new blog.

  7. dan says:

    How much would the Bobby Orr puzzle 16 by 20 in the white jersey would be worth ? mint Thanks

  8. Gary says:

    The white jersey is the most common of the Orr puzzles. In mint condition it would probably sell for between $20 – $35. Thanks for reading!

  9. Gary says:

    I saw that last night. I’m watching it to see how much it goes for.

  10. Bird says:

    I have the Bobby Orr puzzle in the can–it is missing 3 pieces. Where can I find some other incomplete one’s to make a complete?

    Also I have a Bobby Orr Hockey card’76-77 when he was with the Black Hawks—how much is that worth?

  11. Gary says:

    Thanks for reading. As far as the card goes, it all depends on condition. Ebay is the best place to see what they are selling for. In the past month a handful sold anywhere from $1 to $20.
    As for the puzzle, Ebay or sports collectible shows are the best place. The puzzles are relatively inexpensive, even complete.

  12. Ondine says:

    I just got the Bobby Orr in white jersey puzzle in the box this weekend at a neighborhood garage sale for fifty cents and I’m putting it together right now. The frame is done and so is his glowing hair and part of the jersey and stick. I love bringing him back to life in his glory days. It seems so odd to see a player w/out a helmet! I’ll check back here for any comments after I’ve completed the puzzle. I’d gladly donate it to a real lover or collector of Bobby Orr items.

  13. Gary says:

    That a great price to pick up the puzzle. I hope all the pieces are there. I really love old time hockey when no helmets were worn. I think you actually have more injuries today because of them. Thanks for reading and the comment!

  14. Robert says:

    I have a Bobby Orr jigsaw puzzle that I just found in my attic and it is still in the original box. It is the 500 piece white jersey version and measures 16″x20″ when put together and was made by the American Publishing Corp in 1970. The box is showing its age but is in pretty good shape and it has all the pieces!!!! What should I be expecting is it’s worth? I’m thinking of putting this up on ebay or something.

  15. Gary says:

    Hey Robert. Thanks for reading and for the question. The white jersey version is the most common of the Orr puzzles. Even with the box, the usually sell for only $20 – $30 if they sell at all. Hope this helps.

  16. Al says:

    Hi Gary –

    I was just about to put my puzzle up on eBay and decided to do a search here first. Mine appears to be the white jersey one above but it is 16×10 3/4 and is uncut. Have you ever seen this before ? Send me your email and I will forward you some pics.

    al (ebay=orrcards)

  17. Jeff G. says:

    I have the Bobby Orr Black Jigsaw Puzzle… Can anyone tell me what that is worth these days… It is the “16 x “20 Puzzle… Thanks

  18. Gary says:

    Hey Jeff,
    Thanks for reading and the comment. The black puzzle is the tougher one to find, but it all depends on who is looking for it. It should sell for anywhere between $20 – $40. Thanks again.

  19. CD says:

    Hello, I currently have a Black jersey 300 piece Orr puzzle, sealed in the original can, unopened, It is in good condition, some light dents to the can which are not noticible unless it is in your hand.

    What is a good ballpark value for this? I saw one sell for $125 on ebay in similar condition, Is this accurate?

    Thanks for your time
    C
    cdolph07@gmail.com

  20. Dennis says:

    Jeff, you mentioned the pin, can you post a picture of the pin. I picked up the Cournoyer and Mahovlich pins and they seems to match their puzzles. I would like to see what the Orr pic looks like.

    Would you consider selling your life size Orr puzzle? If yes, I would be interested in buying it.

  21. Chad says:

    Hi I have that large puzzle to had it for 23 years it’s my buzz he’s the best always been my favourite I would imagine it depends on who you no I was offered 5000 for mine 15 years ago and I still have it , ill die with that puzzle me personally never seen another one good to see another one gives me a buzz lol

  22. STEWART says:

    I have a 500 piece puzzle with box in the white version absolutely mint along with Bobby’s auto graph. Does anyone know what it would be worth?

  23. Kurt says:

    I didn’t realize the life size puzzle was rare. I picked one up at a yard sale about 13 years ago. I’m going to put it together to verify that it’s complete. How much is it worth if it is?

  24. Kurt says:

    Don’t know why my previous post was deleted. Did I say something wrong? The puzzle I have (84 piece life size) is now for sale on the Rhode Island Craigslist.

  25. Gary says:

    The puzzle is tough. With the box I value it at around $500 to $600.

  26. Dennis says:

    Gary, is there any way you can put me in touch with Jeff Johnstone from this thread? I would like to ask him a question regarding uncut puzzles sold as posters…. thanks…

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