Bobby Orr’s Book Club

By the title of this post you might be thinking that I’m going to show you books about Orr, which there have been many. Well that’s not exactly what I’m going to talk about this week. Instead I have a couple of items to show you that deal with books, but not just Bobby Orr.


What we have here is an advertising pamphlet for the Sports Illustrated Book Club. Measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, it contains 8 pages and gives brief descriptions of sports books that are available through the Sports Illustrated Book Club.

This particular issue features Orr’s book My Game. Here are some photos from the pamphlets inside.



I had no idea that Sports Illustrated had their own book club. They also gave a discount on the books. For Orr’s book, the publisher’s price is $9.95, but members can buy it for $8.95.

Here is another one that I picked up.


This is far and away my favorite one of the two mainly because of the great action shot of Orr. In this issue they use Orr to promote a book on the history of the NHL.

Before winning these two items on Ebay, I never knew that they existed. I assume that they were sent out to all book club members but I’m not really sure. Regardless, I’m thrilled to have these two Orr items in my collection.

That’s all for this week. More Orr coming your way in seven days.

8 Responses to “Bobby Orr’s Book Club”

  1. Danny says:

    Hey Gary, now i know were Frank Nareau copied his art from. That bottom photo was also done by the artist i mention above in 1996 as a large print along with a promotional clock i have in my collection. Neat to see the original photo.

  2. Gary says:

    Thanks for the info Danny! As I mentioned to you I know I have that image of Orr before.

  3. The Goog says:

    I agree, that is an awesome action shot.

  4. Scifinds says:

    I never realized that Bobby had such a large seat

  5. Chris says:

    Curious re: Orr, Koho and Canadian gamers, also looking to buy Other Orr items, who is best contact you have for info plmk thanks

  6. Matt says:

    Gary –

    I am a vintage collector and an Orr fan since 1969. Can I get your thoughts on the “Orr Rookie” stick in the current auction here:

    I have spent HOURS trying to prove this stick was not from the early 70’s but the Northland stamping style and Larson stamp seem to clearly be post- 1970…most likely 1972. The knob tape is somewhat consistent with Orr’s rookie era corndog style but not a perfect match (though it is white tape over black). The blade tape is a 1972 style. But in the end, I cannot get by the fact this is a 1972-ish Northland stick (late-60 styles are a smaller logo and lighter type with the Glass Fused added). In 1972, Orr is NEVER seen with a Northland stick because he is under contract with Victoriaville, and he never seemed to tape that way in 1972 from my experience.

    So what the heck is this stick??? I am stumped. Maybe issued to him but not used by him and someone else’s tape job? I am not bidding given the issues and am now just searching for some education.


  7. Gary says:

    Hi Matt, I saw the stick and have a hard time believing that it’s from early on in Orr’s career. Everything you said about the stamping and such just doesn’t add up. That style with the stamping is from around 1972 or 1973. I have other Bruins game used sticks from that time period that are very similar. He might and I stress might have used it briefly, as we know that he did use other sticks on occasion like Sherwood and CCM. I happen to have in my collection the same type Orr stick as the one in the auction. My parents won it in an elementary school raffle back in 1972. At the time they were told that it was an Orr stick but not necessarily game used. Around the same time the Bruins pro shop at the garden sold replica sticks that were stamped with the players name. I think that’s what my stick might be. I’ve taken it around to a few dealers in my area and they seem to think that’s what it is, although a few thought that Orr could have used it as a practice stick. Either way, I don’t believe that it’s from the 1960’s. I think your smart to stay away.

  8. Gary says:

    Hey Chris, if your looking for Orr items a good place I go to around here is called Sportsworld. They have a lot of Orr items. Their number is 781-233-7222

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