I recently got an email from the guys at Sportsworld in Saugus informing me of a Bobby Orr item that they just got in that I might be interested in. Usually when I get these messages I end up with another Orr collectible.
The item in question is unique in that it goes along with another Orr piece of memorabilia that I already own. In fact, it also goes along with some specific Bruins players items.
Before I show you the piece, here are the items that belong to it.
Here we have the Bobby Orr Hockey Heroes stand up. Mine is still in the original shrink wrap. There’s a little stand in the bottom right corner that Bobby would go in.
These were produced for a handful of NHL teams in 1975 by the Carton-Craft Corp in Buffalo. Each team had anywhere from 5 – 7 players represented. Here are some of the other Bruins that I have.
Here we have Jean Ratelle, Brad Park and Gerry Cheevers. Other Bruins in the set that I’m missing are Terry O’Reilly, Gregg Sheppard and Andre Sarvard. I’m not sure how they chose which players to make. Personally I would have rather seen a Wayne Cashman or John Bucyk instead of Sarvard.
Now here comes the unique item I was talking about that goes along with these stand-ups.
This is the display box that they go in. As you can see, this was specifically designed for the Bruins stand-ups. In the top corner both Orr and Park are shown along with O’Reilly, Sheppard and Sarvard.
This is definitely a piece that you don’t see everyday and it’s a nice companion to the stand-ups. Advertising or display pieces of Orr are some of my favorite items to collect because they’re not the traditional Bobby Orr collectible that you often see.
One other thing to add this week if you’ll so indulge me. Nicklas Lidstrom of the Red Wings won his 7th Norris Trophy this week, which ties him with Doug Harvey and puts him one behind Orr’s record. Against my better judgement, I went on the ESPN message boards to see what people were saying about it. As usual, they were ranking the greatest defensemen of all time. A good number of people were saying that Lidstrom is better than Orr and that Orr played in a lesser era against inferior players. Some even said that Orr couldn’t even come close to Lidstrom as a player. Now I realize that each generation has their own opinions and that I’m obviously biased toward Orr, but I got to tell you, I was getting angrier and angrier as I kept reading. I even responded to a few of the posts. Lesson learned: Don’t read message boards ever again. Any opinions on the subject please leave a comment. Thanks for letting me rant.
Thanks as always for reading this week. Hope you all have a happy and save 4th of July and be sure to come back next Sunday!