Bobby Orr’s Hockey Spectacular!

All Bobby Orr collectors, or collectors of anything for that matter, usually have that one item that they can single out as their favorite. The Orr item that I’m going to show you this week isn’t it, but it ranks high up on my list.

I got this off of Ebay probably 5 or 6 years ago. It’s the only time I’ve ever seen it, although I know other Orr collectors also have this item.

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This is an original poster that was used to advertise what I believe to be a hockey benefit in Kelowna, British Columbia. Bobby Orr was a guest referee for the event. The other two main attractions were Bruins forward Johnny McKenzie and Maple Leaf  Eddie Shack. Note that ticket price are $3 and $2.50 for standing room only.

Now I’m guessing the year that this took place was 1968. The uniforms that Orr and McKenzie are wearing suggest ‘68. However, Shack actually played for the Bruins during the 1968 season, but he was more known for being a member of the Maple Leafs, so that’s probably why he is pictured in their uniform.

Names of other players who took part appear in the stars. The best known name is that of Glenn Sather, who played briefly for the Bruins, but is better known as being the coach of the Edmonton Oilers on the 1980’s.

I’ve had this poster autographed by both McKenzie and Shack. Hopefully I can also get Orr to sign it someday.

Now I’ve said that this ranks high on my list of favorite Orr items. I just like the overall design of the poster. The lettering, colors and especially stars are very cool in my opinion.

Since I’ve only seen this once on Ebay, it’s hard to put an exact value on it. My gut feeling is that if it showed up again, other Orr collectors would push the bidding up to at least a couple of hundred dollars.

That all I have for you. Thanks for checking out this weeks Orr item. See you again next Sunday with another vintage Bobby Orr item.

6 Responses to “Bobby Orr’s Hockey Spectacular!”

  1. The Goog says:

    It’s a very lively poster, pretty cool. It reminds me of a town fair ad.

  2. trudy says:

    Great poster Gary. Kelowna is only 4hrs drive from me and I have never seen this poster. Great find.

  3. Gary says:

    Thanks Trudene! As I said in the post, it’s one of my favorite items.

  4. Gary says:

    Perfect analogy Goog! I was trying to think of something that I could compare it too. You hit the nail on the head.

  5. scifinds says:

    Any guesses as to how many of these there actually are?

  6. Gary says:

    All I know for sure is that there are at least four others out there.

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