The Private Side of Bobby Orr

Over the years I’ve met many former Boston Bruins players from the 1960’s and 70’s at autograph shows. If I had to guess, I’d say that I have at least twenty to thirty autographed items from most of the guys who were on the ‘70 and ‘72 Stanley Cup teams. I’m happy to say that every piece of memorabilia I’ve had signed still reside in my collection.

Unfortunately, Bobby Orr does not do autograph shows. He can’t. It would be a mob scene. He’s made appearances for different companies from time to time, but no card shows. He does do private signings however.

A private signing is where you send your item in to the company sponsoring the signing and Orr will sign it. You don’t get to meet him, but you have a nice autographed piece.

Around seven or eight years ago I sent in some Bruins team posters for Orr to sign. He was the last signature I needed on them. They are now framed and hanging on my wall. I figured that it’s about time to get a few more items autographed. I just picked them up yesterday.

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First up was place mat commemorating the 1972 Stanley Cup Champs. Orr was the last signature I needed to complete it as best as possible. The only two signatures not on it are Ace Bailey who died during the 9/11 terrorist attacks and Ted Green who just does not sign at all.

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This is a rare original International House of Pancakes place mat from around 1970. I can’t imagine many of these have survived. Underneath each player’s photo was a line where they could sign their name. Once again Orr was the last signature I needed to complete it. This is definitely one of my favorite pieces just for the sheer rarity of it.

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This original posted was an advertisement for a charity game sometime around 1968. Orr was a special guest referee for it. I had previously had it signed by John McKenzie and Eddie Shack, who are also on the poster, so Orr’s signature completes it. You can see my original post here.

The last two items I’m going to show you are particular favorites of mine.

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Here are two of my favorite programs. The first is from a Bruins – Oakland Seals game on February 9, 1969. The cover shows Orr being pursued around the net by Gordie Howe. I met Howe at an autograph show a few years ago and had him sign it figuring that I could get Orr to sign it eventually.

The second is a Goal magazine which happens to contain my favorite quote of all time about Orr.

Bobby Orr was not just a player. He was an era unto himself, a genre, an institution, a criterion against which all other hockey players could measure themselves, just to see how close to them they weren’t.”

I love that. I had to have it signed.

I sent in a few other things as well. One was one of his game used stick that he signed on the blade. The other is an item that coincides with the Stanley Cup playoffs. I’ll be showing that within the next few weeks.

I have many more pieces from my collection that I would like to get signed, but they are going to have to wait, if I send them in at all. Orr’s signature is not cheap. Depending on the item, it could cost you $150 – $200 per signature. Some people might think that’s crazy, but it’s worth it to me.

That’s all for this week. See you again next Sunday with some other vintage Orr items from my collection. Until then, Go Bruins!

5 Responses to “The Private Side of Bobby Orr”

  1. Mike says:

    Love that image on the program with Howe chasing Orr. Great stuff my friend! And nicely written piece.

  2. The Goog says:

    Woah, I’m sorry I missed this one when it came out. I was looking forward to seeing what you got signed. I’m looking forward to seeing them in person soon!

  3. Gary says:

    You can on Saturday!

  4. Fan says:

    Last year the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto had Stanley’s Game Seven posters signed by Bobby Orr. Has anyone seen these posters and how many did Bobby sign?

  5. scifinds says:

    Our new mission, let’s find Ted Green

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