Comrade Bobby Orr

Happy 4th of July to all my readers. On this day when we celebrate America’s independence and freedom, I’m choosing instead to talk about Russia and Bobby Orr.

First off, Bobby is a true blood Canadian through and through who just happened to make his living playing hockey in the United States. So how does Russia come into play? Simple. As the greatest hockey player ever, it’s only natural that the former Soviet Union would have a few items of Orr memorabilia, seeing as how they were a hockey powerhouse for decades and have sent many players to the NHL in recent years.

The Orr items I’m showcasing this week all come directly from Russia.

Up first is this oversized trading card.

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This is printed on heavy cardboard stock and measure 8 1/2 x 11 1/2. I believe this is from a set of similar type cards that featured both NHL and Russian hockey stars.

For the next piece of memorabilia I hope you can read Russian.

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This is the Russian version of Bobby’s book “My Game”, which was first published in Noth America in 1974.

Here is the North American version.

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The Russian book came out in 1981 and only the title page is written in English (it is also in Russian). I scanned a similar page in both books so that you can see how it looks. This is Bobby demonstrating and talking about how he shoots a wrist shot.

First in English.

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Now in Russian.

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The last item is very rare and one that I didn’t even know existed until a few months ago.

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This is a 1972 Team Canada roster picture that was sold in Moscow during the last 4 games of the Summit Series between Canada and the Soviet Union. For those of you who are unfamiliar with what that was, it was an historic 8 game series in 1972 pitting the best Canadian players in the NHL against the Soviet National Team. The first 4 games were played in various cities in Canada and the last 4 were in Moscow. Team Canada prevailed 4 games to 3 with 1 tie.

Although Bobby is on the roster, he didn’t play due to having knee sugery prior to the series. This picture card was sold in addition to actual game programs, which are much more common to find. The size of this piece is roughly 5 x 7 and the price to buy this at the arena was 85 kopeks (.85 cents).

As always thanks for reading. Have a great holiday and be sure to check back next weekend for more great Orr items.

6 Responses to “Comrade Bobby Orr”

  1. Scifinds says:

    I think you should refer to the man as Bobbn Opp from now on

  2. Scifinds says:

    … I wonder if anyone owns http://www.BobbnOpp.com?

  3. Gary says:

    Uhm… no.

  4. Gary says:

    I just looked and it’s available.

  5. The Goog says:

    I never expected Russia, but then ago, who does?

  6. Gary says:

    Stay tuned. In the upcoming weeks I’ll be showcasing more Orr items form other foreign countries.

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