Well what do we have here. A new blog post and on a Thursday to boot. Since today (March 20th) is Bobby Orr’s 66th birthday, I thought that this would be the perfect time to show you something that I just picked up. This piece dates back to his younger days, just after his 19th birthday actually. It’s not quite a piece of memorabilia, but it is unique.
First is the back story to this item. On April 2, 1967, which was at the end off Orr’s rookie season, a banquet was held in North Reading, MA. to support the towns independent hockey team. Special guests included Bruins players Joe Watson, Johnny McKenzie and of course Bobby Orr.
Here are some clippings of the event that were in the local paper.
The middle photo shows Bobby signing an autograph for a young fan.
According to the article, “Due to a mix up in dates, Orr did not attend the banquet, but did meet up with everyone after at the Congregational Church Hall to greet youngsters and sign autographs”.
Here’s the item I picked up.
This is the check paid to Orr for his appearance. As you can see in the first picture, it’s made out to Bobby. The second picture shows his signature on the back of the check. PSA grading services authenticated the signature.
What makes this check so unique is that it’s probably one of the first, if not the very first, paid appearances that Orr made for the Bruins. A very tidy sum of $25 for an hours worth of his time to talk and sign autographs for those in attendance. Nowadays, you would probably have to add about three zeroes to the end of that figure.
Thanks for reading. See you again hopefully soon with post #200. Happy Birthday Bobby!