I never thought that this day would come, but I made it to post number 100. A big thanks to all you out there who keep coming back every week to check out my Bobby Orr collection. Special thanks to Dave for getting me this site as a Christmas present a few years ago.
So this post is about how Bobby Orr, indirectly, has brought me in contact with two fellow Orr collectors in a very unique happenstance. With this story you’ll also see some very cool pictures and hear about an amazing fan and photographer from Vancouver.
This story starts last year when I won a hockey magazine featuring Orr on the cover from Ebay. The seller, Kevin, must have recognized my name, because he asked if I was the guy behind this site. To make a long story short, he lives somewhat near me so I invited him to come over and see my Orr collection in person. Since that first visit, he’s been back a few times and even brought me some great Orr pictures to add to my collection.
I wrote about these back in May in this post: www.bobbyorrcollector.com/?p=1243. Here’s a brief sypnopsis of what I wrote back then as to where these came from:
“My friend got about a dozen similar photos off of Ebay about ten years ago. They were pictures taken over parts of three seasons by a young woman who was an Orr fanatic. In fact, there’s an article with pictures about her that was published in the 1977 April/May edition of Interlude, which appeared to be an inflight magazine in Canada.”
“From the pictures in the magazine, she had quite the collection of Orr photos and and articles. Her family were season ticket holders to the Canucks and her father worked for the teams printers and delivered the game day magazines to the team. The team gave her a press pass which enabled her all kinds of access to get photos or Orr. According to the article, Orr himself called her and was aware of her “shrine”. There was talk in the article of her writing a book on Orr, but I’m not sure if that ever happened.”
Now here’s where things get interesting. A few months ago, I received a comment on the above post that was from the husband (Terry) of the woman (Trudene) who took the photos and eventually sold these mounted photos on Ebay.
They confirmed the story that I had told and even offered me some original photos that Trudene had taken as well as the magazine that she was featured in.
Here is what they sent me. First the magazine.
As you can see from the photos, Trudene had (and still has to my knowledge) quite the Orr collection.
The following three pictures were all taken by Trudene.
Here is the first photo. This was taken in Vancouver during the 1974-75 season and shows Orr with Bruins goalie Ross Brooks.
Here’s Orr battling Vancouver’s Leon Rochefort for the puck.
The last picture is something that you have never seen before in any of my posts and will probably never see again. An explanation will follow.
Orr as a member of the Chicago Black Hawks. It hurts just to type that. As some of you may know, I try to block out the period when he was with Chicago because it NEVER should have happened. In short, when his contract ran out with the Bruins, they offered him 18.5% ownership of the team. He never found out about it though because he let his agent, Alan Eagleson, handle all business afairs. Eagleson already had a deal in place with the Chicago ownership and never told Orr about the offer. Eagleson was as corrupt as could be. He was head of the NHL Players Union and later went to jail for fraud. He stole millions from the players and left their pension plan in shambles. There’s much more but I could go on all day about it.
Anyways, I don’t collect Orr memorabilia when he was with Chicago, but I made an exception this time because Terry and Trudene were nice enough to send it to me and it is an amazing picture by Trudene. As you can see by the photos, Trudene is a pretty great photogapher.
Since that comment was left, we’ve exchanged a few emails and I can only hope that we communicate further from here on out.
That’s it for #100. If Kevin, Terry and Trudene are reading this, I want to thank each of you for your awesome Orr gifts to me. Also, thanks again to everyone who read my posts and comments on them. I truly enjoy reading your comments and answering your questions. I still hope that the man himself will come across this blog someday and leave me a message. I would love to opportunity to show him my collection.
See you all again next Sunday for post #101.