Eye on Bobby Orr

As I’ve said in previous posts, there are Bobby Orr items that I’ve come across that I had no idea existed. When I do it’s kind of exciting. It’s even more so when that item is on Ebay rather than in a store. In a store I know I can just buy it, but on Ebay I have to hope I can outbid every other Orr collector who might want it.

This week I have something I won off of Ebay which I had never seen before. Luckily I outbid 3 others and now it is part of my ever growing collection.

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At first glance you might think that this is a simple picture of Orr from the 1973-74 season.  The ESPN CLASSIC logo on the top right suggests otherwise. So what is this?

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It’s a picture viewer. Most likely it was released in conjunction with ESPN’s series counting down the greatest athletes of the 20th century (Orr was #31).

I tend to think that this was more of a promotional item opposed to something that was widely released for sale. I say that because this was my first time seeing it and I would think that I would have seen it on Ebay or at shows before.

I ended up winning this for $37 and change. Whether it should have gone for more or less money I don’t know. That all depends on how many of these were made. All in all I’m comfortable with how much I won it for.

There’s your Orr item for this week. A little different from your average Orr item, but nevertheless a pretty cool piece of oddball Orr memorabilia if you ask me.

Thanks as always for reading and be sure to come back next weekend to check out another item from my Bobby Orr collection.

9 Responses to “Eye on Bobby Orr”

  1. iceman says:

    This is the second one I have seen on eBay, not sure if it was the same pic…who is behind Orr? looks as if he is wearing a helmet. The center ice doesnt look famliar either.

  2. Gary says:

    I noticed the helmet too. Can’t make out a number though. It’s to blurry. Same with center ice. If I had to make a guess though, I would say maybe the Islanders.

  3. the other sasquatch says:

    my guess is the other defenseman in the pic is Al Sims….he was Orr’s partner when he came up and he wore a helmet – and i believe he was a rookie around that time

  4. Gary says:

    I think you’re right. He was on the team in 73-74 and the jersey number looks like it ends in 3 and he wore #23 that year.

  5. The Goog says:

    Huh, funky. Definitely an odd piece. I can’t imagine many people would need to carry a tiny picture of Orr on their key chains. Well, other than you Gary.

  6. Gary says:

    I would have to agree with your statement Goog.

  7. Danny says:

    I also have one of these but mine has a different photo.
    I got mine on Ebay from a buy it now auction that had a whole bunch of different sports included, i remember one was Joe Namath, another was a baseball star and another was an olympic star and all the viewers were different in color.
    I paid under $20 for the whole bunch, kept the Orr and sold off the rest.
    The guy i bought it from told me it was given to him as he was an ESPN employee.

  8. Gary says:

    Thanks for the info Danny. I’m curious as to what picture of Orr yours shows.

  9. ed clark says:

    have just aquired 2 scrap books full of 1970-71 newspaper clippings and pics of bobby orr, couple of signed picks, sports illustrated and hockey illustrated mags, 1975 boston garden program, ect. ed clark, augusta, maine. 207-592-3002 if interested.

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