Training with Bobby Orr

As I was thinking about what Orr memorabilia to write about this week,  it occurred to me that the current edition of the Boston Bruins has begun training camp for the upcoming season. What a perfect time to look at some Bobby Orr and Boston Bruins in general, training camp items that are in my collection.

Now to be honest with you, this first item that I’m going to show you I don’t actually own. I’ll explain after you see the pictures.

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Here we have a training camp program (or you might call it a handout?) for the 1973 -74 season. I had never seen this before until it popped up on Ebay earlier this year. The bid was at $9 with about 20 seconds to go in the auction. I waited as usual until about 5 seconds before it ended to put my bid in, which was for $102. I thought that was good enough to win, but unfortunately another bidder came in at the same time as I did and outbid me. Needless to say I was quite surprised and dissapointed that I didn’t win it.

Here’s a picture of the inside.

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As you can see, it also has information about the Boston Braves, which was the top Bruins farm club at the time. This is one Orr item that hopefully I will see again someday.

Next up is this newsletter.

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The Boston Bruins Hockey Bulletin was an 8 page newsletter that I believe was sent to season ticket holders. This particular issue dealt with training camp for the upcoming 1972 – 73 season.

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Besides including the traing camp roster as seen above, it has the complete schedules for both the Bruins and Braves, other news from around the NHL and complete season ticket holder information.

Last up is from training camp for the 1976 – 77 season.

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This is basically a paper placemat that besides having the Bruins training camp roster on it, has a coupon good for any one of the Bruins portraits shown. The portraits were done by artist Charles Linnett. Linnett did these portraits for every team in the NHL, MLB, NBA and NFL. They were usually sold in packs of three.

The other interesting thing about this piece is that by the time training camp opened, Orr was no longer on the team as he had signed a free agent contract with Chicago. By the way, that will be the last time I ever mention that because I’ve tried to block that out and do not acknowledge that he ever left the Bruins.

Thanks for checking out these Orr items. Come back next week for more great Orr items.

10 Responses to “Training with Bobby Orr”

  1. Scifinds says:

    So tell me more about the Chicago thing… sounds fascinating.

  2. Gary says:

    Keep twisting the knife Dave. Keep twisting.

  3. I am Charles Linnett’s daughter, and I remember the placemats very well. Dad was an avid fan of all Boston teams, unfortunately stuck with 4 daughters. He drew all those pictures from black and white photos, negotiating with each team and praying that trades would be at a minimum each year. My sisters and I and many of our teenage friends earned spending money by collating and packaging the sports card sets for him. Thanks for the memories, as he passed away 4 years ago.

  4. Gary says:

    Thank you so much for reading my blog and leaving a comment. Your father was a very talented artist and I love all the drawings that he did. Besides the placemat, I have all the Bruins individual pictures as well as a few Red Sox and Celtics. I can only imagine how amazing his original drawings must look. Thank you again.

  5. maribel says:

    i have i think the original drawings boston bruins 1972 team all 19 members. all original and signed. it’s amazing!

  6. Gary says:

    I think you’re talking about the Linnett portraits that were sold in 3 packs. They all have facsimilie autographs on them. They’re very nice illustrations.

  7. Mike Gloeckner says:

    Why were so many names left out of 1976/77 training camp roster? My dad, Lorry Gloeckner was there yet no name??

  8. Gary says:

    Hi Mike. Not sure. My guess is lack of space on the placemat.

  9. Mike Gloeckner says:

    Hi Gary, do you have any items from the 1976 or 1977 Bruins training camps with my dads name ( Lorry Gloeckner ) on it?

  10. Gary says:

    Hi Mike. I don’t think I have any items from those training camps. I will look however and keep an eye out when I go to shows. If I come across anything I’ll definitely let you know.

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