I know that’s a weird title for a post, but trust me when I say that it all ties together and will make sense.
This week I have some Orr items that I recently picked up. While they are not from his playing days, they are still unique and very collectible in my opinion.
First up is the fire part.
These are a near complete set of Liberty Collectors Club Matchbooks from 1980. They were produced locally (for me anyways) and featured various athletes from the New England area. A full set consists of 10 different colored matchbooks. Orr was number 12 in the series. Obviously whomever was in charge of the numbering screwed up by not making him number 4.
You can also see that there is writing on the back cover. It says “Bruins retired uniform #4 in ‘79. Won most all awards. Elected to H.O.F. Holds most defense records”.
I see these listed on Ebay (sometimes with the matches intact and sometimes without) for $24 to $32 apiece. Way too high in my opinion. $5 to $10 is reasonable. I won these in a lot for a total of $50 including shipping.
Next we have the 1987 portion of the title.
From Parry Sound, Ontario, which is Orr’s hometown, their Centennial Calendar. You would think that since Orr is the most famous person ever to come out of Parry Sound he would be featured in a month. Well of course he was.
Say hello to Mr. September. The photo they chose to use was taken during the parade on Bobby Orr day back in 1970. Very appropriate choice.
This is definitely an oddball Orr item seeing as how he is only featured on one page. I think a lot of collectors would overlook something like this, but as I’ve said before, anything with Orr in it I want for my collection.
That’s all for this week. See you again soon with another Orr item from my collection.