This week I have another guest blog from Danny about an Orr item that we both have. He did a great write up on this so enjoy!
A lot of us Orr collectors may have a card/sticker or two of Bobby from his European treasures that most likely came from Sweden/Finland or Germany.
This week on the blog we will talk about what I think is his rarest Euro card from Europe.
In 1974 in Sweden and Finland, they came out with a magazine which is a comic book of hockey called “Pucken”, pardon the phrase in the title but you get what I mean.
That year they had 3 magazines in total and then in 1975 they put out another 3 magazines for a total of 6 between the two years and then “Pucken” disappeared.
The back cover of each magazine had cut out cards of 4 players. With 6 total magazines between the two years you could collect a total of 24 players as singles.
When a single was cut out the back had a matching back with a story line in Swedish literature. These singles are very fragile as they are paper thin.
The 1974 checklist has the following players in each issue.
#1 1974 = Bobby Orr, Jiri Holecek, Heikki Riihiranta, Thommie Bergman
#2 1974 = Ulf Nilsson, Vaclac Nedomansky, Valerij Charlamov, Lauri Mononen
#3 1974 = Timo Sutinen, Lars-Erik Sjoberg, Phil Esposito, Alexander Maltsev
The 1975 checklist has the following players in each issue.
#1 1975 = Bobby Hull, Veli-Pekka Ketola, Thommy Abrahamsson, Valerilj Vasiljev
#2 1975 = Seppo Lindstrom, Juha Widing, Borje Salming, Alexander Jakusjev
#3 1975 = Alexander Gusev, Lasse Oksanen, Bobby Clarke, Anders Hedberg
Each single if cut away from the page would measure about 4+1/2” Tall by 3+1/2” Wide, so these are much larger than hockey cards or any other Euro Card/Sticker out there.
Magazine size is about 9” tall by 7” wide.
Gary and I have acquired one each of the 1974 Issue #1 magazines recently for about $40 each with the Orr featured, but these treasures are way undervalued for the time being as how information was not available until now.
As you can see there are many other NHL players and national stars in the set so it is very collectible.
I personally bought a single many years ago and could never figure out exactly where it came from but I recently emailed my friend Anders in Sweden and this story came to life.
Thanks for all the info Danny. Hope everybody enjoyed this post about a tough to find foreign Orr collectible.
See you again next week with more vintage Bobby Orr items.