This week I have another guest blog for you from Orr collector extraordinaire Danny. Here he is in his own words.
In 1970-71 till the 1972-73 season the “National Hockey Players Association” also known as the NHLPA started getting into the thick of things in the hobby with Dads Cookies – Colgate Stamps + Heads – Eddie Sargent or Finast Photos – Post Cereal Mini Sticks, Shooters + Transfers etc…..
This week on the Blog I am featuring a few oddball items that was also released by the NHLPA.
First off we have this set of a 1971-72 NHLPA pillow cover and bed spread.
Pillow cover is in Black print simulated auto’s while the bed spread is in Blue print simulated auto’s.
Both items have totally different players autographed on each one. Pillow case has Bobby Orr along with T.Esposito, Tallon, Binkley, Van Impe, Williams, Crozier, Bergman, Perreault, Bucyk, Dionne, Brewer, Ellis, Nevin, Gilbert, Dryden, Howell, Smith, D.Hull and Stapleton.
The Single bed spread has P.Esposito, Favell, Dudley, Hadfield, Marshall, Keon, Paimount, Mahovlich, Stanfield, B.Hull, Berenson, Maniago and Westfall.
Pillow case and Bed spread (single mattress size) are both made by “Wabasso”, imagine the sweet dreams the original owner had sleeping with these covers. I currently have the Pillow cover on the wall under a sheet of plexy glass and the Bed spread on top of a pull out couch in the Bobby Orr Room.
The second item featured is a large “Alladin” made thermos which has a lot of the same simulated auto’s as the Pillow Cover and Bed spread but with additional different auto’s, along with Bobby Orr there are additions like Clarke, Henderson, Wall, Awrey etc….. It seems it is also 1971-72 as we know there cannot be any WHA players and Bobby Hull is present along with the Rookie Ken Dryden.
Just imagine the thermos having Hot Chocolate or hot soup along the kids bedside back in the day with matching Pillow Case and Bed covering. This would make a great collectible not only for Bobby Orr collectors but many other Hockey Super Stars.
So in conclusion, NHLPA offered many oddities in the hobby along with its main stream sets listed above, there are most likely more items out there yet to be surfaced and I have seen Pencil cases, Patches etc… but without Bobby Orr’s Photo or Auto.
Thank you Danny for sharing some great Orr collectibles as well as the information about them. Definitely looking forward to more posts from you in the future.
See you again next weekend with more Bobby Orr memorabilia.