Happy Birthday Bobby Orr! Also the Check is in the Mail.

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.

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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.

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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!

4 Responses to “Happy Birthday Bobby Orr! Also the Check is in the Mail.”

  1. The Goog says:

    Wow, that is a fair bit of important Orr history. Is the check folded? It seems to be an odd size.

  2. Gary says:

    It’s not folded. It’s pretty normal except for the bottom part of the check.

  3. Ben says:

    I have a game used Bobby Orr Sherwood stick, if your interested in it email me.

  4. Kenneth Persson says:

    Hi!

    i just read you post “No “Pucken” Around with Bobby Orr” .
    I got the card of Bobby Orr but my card is dated 1972.

    Bobby Orr, 1972, printed by Edriaf (Italy) for williams förlag Sweden, #113,

    it’s more lika a sticker card.

    I’m looking allowed the internet but can’t find the same card anywhere.

    If you want a picture or more information please get back to me. The card is for sale! knetho@gmail.com.

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