Bobby Orr and Cake?

Have I mentioned before what great friends I have? Probably, but I’m going to do it again.

I have great friends. They’re always on the lookout for Bobby Orr items for me. Last month I wrote about what my friend Bob found for me at a local flea market. www.bobbyorrcollector.com/?p=1331. Well he and another good friend Dave came through for me again the other day.

They are co-owners of the best comic/toy store in Massachusetts. Heck, in the country. Check it out at www.comicazi.com. Anyways, they were at this local store looking around when Bob spotted this:

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They immediately called me and sent me a picture. A few hours later, thanks to them, I owned it.

So what is it? At first I thought it was a homemade item, but as Bob pointed out, this is no homemade paint job. He believes it was mass produced and I agree with him, albeit I believe some custom work was done to it.

The consensus is that it is a cake topper. It appears that someone made the wooden base for it and the small plaque, which says simply, Boston Bruins – Bobby Orr – Hockey Hall Of Fame 1979.

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The figure is not glued to the base. Here is what the bottom looks like. It’s hard plastic that is molded together.

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It looks like someone put a Bruins sticker over the block of wood and then drilled a hole in it so that the figure could rest in it.

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My original thought was that someone hand painted the Orr and 4 on it. That’s the custom work I was referring too. I’m not so sure now. It’s just too nicely done.

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Finally, the stick was made to come out of his hands. It looks like a smaller version of the Mcfarlane sticks and would probably fit nicely with a Starting Lineup figure.

There are no markings anywhere on the figure at all. The one thing that really jumps out at you is the figures face. The eyes are very wide apart and his nose is mushed up.

All in all I’m am thrilled to add this to my Orr collection and am grateful to Bob and Dave for finding it for me.

If anyone out there has any different ideas to what this might be please leave a comment with your thoughts.

Thanks as always for reading and see you again next week with more vintage and unusual Bobby Orr items.

12 Responses to “Bobby Orr and Cake?”

  1. scifinds says:

    If it is a cake topper it would still taste like frosting. Please lick it and report back ASAP

  2. Gary says:

    You’re lucky that this is a family blog or I would have a suggestion as what you can do with it.

  3. The Goog says:

    That’s funny, it does look kind of like a cake topper. Fun piece what ever it may be.

  4. Christopher says:

    Gary,

    I just came across a Gerry Cheevers autographer Victoriaville 1960 model number 591 494 goalie stick. I am trying to figure out if this is a game used stick or if its just a regular stick someone had signed by him. It has black and gold (yellow) tape fragments around the upper part of the blade and right at the end of the shaft beginning of the blade. Do you know of anyone that would be able to authenticate this stick? It has C. Cheevers on the shaft (come to find out that cheevers nickname was “cheesey cheevers”. If you could email me back with any information that you may need or have about getting a stick like this authenticated and appraised i would greatly appreciate it! my email is cbryant84@gmail.com. If anyone else has any type of information that would be great!

    Thank you!

  5. Gary says:

    I’ll email you and we’ll talk about it.

  6. Jason says:

    This is a figure that was sold at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto in the mid to late 1970s. It came unpainted, and you could paint it in the colours/teams of your choice. I had two of them, and did one up as Bobby Clarke.

    The plaque on the front is added later. The figures were molded in a flesh tone plastic so you could make them into any team you chose. The wooden base was also included.

  7. Gary says:

    Thanks for the info Jason!

  8. Alex says:

    Not to get off topic again, but…I also have a Victoriaville Cheevers stick that is exactly as described above except the last 3 numbers are 454 instead of 494. Would you be able to let me know more about this stick Gary?

    Now back to your regular scheduled programming…

  9. Gary says:

    Hi Alex. I’m not sure exactly what the numbers mean, but I honestly don’t believe that it affects the value of the stick whatsoever.

  10. Alex says:

    Sorry, what I was curious about was the back story of this (and the other) Victoriaville sticks that Cheevers used since he only used Northland sticks in the 70’s. My guess is that he was given some sticks to try out from the Victoriaville reps since both they and Northland were trying to woo Bruins players to use their brand. The particular model I have (and sounds like the other poster has) dates from the 1971-72 season, which falls in line to when the two companies were competing. Mine shows lots of use so I’m guessing it was used during practices. I haven’t found any photos of him using it however. Anyway, I’m just trying verify my guess as to its background and if you have any additional info, pls let me know. Thanks.

  11. Gary says:

    Hi Alex. I don’t have any additional info, but what you said about him given sticks to try out is accurate. In my collection I have a Victoriaville stick that was briefly used by Phil Esposito. His normal stick was Northland. I asked him about it one time and he confirmed that he was given the stick in an attempt to get him to change companies.

  12. Alex says:

    Hi Gary, thanks for getting back to me and confirming my theory. Now the trick will be finding a photo with Cheevers using the stick. By the way, there is a book out there by the Esposito brothers called “We can teach you to play hockey” and it features many pictures of Phil using a Victoriaville stick as an insructor. It is copyrighted 1972. If you’d like any scans of the pictures please let me know. Thanks again.

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