Ceramic Bobby Orr

Most of my Bobby Orr collection is on display in my home, mainly in a hallway and in my second bedroom. What’s left over is stored in totes, waiting until I have more room to see the light of day. I do however keep a few things scattered about my bedroom.

It’s those items in my room that caught my eye for this weeks post. Although they are not your traditional Orr collectibles, I bet that they are something that a fair number of kids in the early to mid 70’s got as gifts.

Here we go with the Bobby Orr (and Boston Bruins) ceramic lamp.

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Sold in the early 70’s, these were available at the Bruins pro shop in the old Boston Garden.

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They did an excellent job capturing the Bruins uniform at the time, right down to Orr’s number 4.

A basic, non lamp was also sold as seen here.

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As you can see, the hair is a little blonder on this version. The spoked “B” is also a little different as is the shoulder design. A potential reason for this is that it was possible to make custom versions of these at ceramic classes at the time.

Here’s an example of a custom version.

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This is one that my mom made for me in a ceramics class back in 1974. I was 5 years old and had just started to play hockey.

Besides Orr, other players were also available.

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Here is a lamp of Bruins great Phil Esposito.

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Here is former Bruins captain Wayne Cashman. This particular ceramic figure actually belonged to Cashman. It was made for him and he had it for years until he auctioned off most of his memorabilia through Sportsworld in Saugus a few years back. This was one of his personal items that I was able to acquire.

These figures pop up on Ebay from time to time and are usually pretty inexpensive. If you are interested in other sports besides hockey, I know that they made baseball ones too. I have a Carl Yastrzemski figure from the same time period as well.

Thanks again for reading this week. See you next week with more great Orr items.

14 Responses to “Ceramic Bobby Orr”

  1. Scifinds says:

    Do all these guys hold their sticks the same way? I seemed to recall in an older post that you said Orr was a lefty (or am I just imagining that?).

    Pretty cool stuff, I love this type of ceramic stuff. So corny but totally awesome.

    PS – your mom painted the one of you incorrectly. I am sure that even at the tender age of 5 you were a hairy little monkey baby.

  2. Gary says:

    All the sticks are usually the same way. No comment on your last comment.

  3. The Goog says:

    Did every mom go to ceramic class in the 70’s? My mother did the same!

  4. Gary says:

    I think they did lol. It must have been the place to be.

  5. Allison Wieder says:

    I have a unique Booby Orr item that you may be interesed in. I doubt that it is considered an “official” NHL item but . . . . it is a injection molded plastic plaque of a potrait of Bobby Orr. If you are interested you can email me back and I will send a picture.

  6. Tate says:

    Hello. I was wondering how much you sold the Bobby Orr lamp for? Thanks.

  7. Gary says:

    The Orr lamp was something I bought awhile ago. I want to say I paid around $40 – $50 for it. The lamp is less common than the regular ceramic piece. I’ve seen one at a collectible show where the dealer wanted $125 for it. I don’t sell my Orr items, I just collect them, but if you have one and are looking to sell I’d say you could get at least $50 – $75 for it depending on the condition. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  8. Tate says:

    Gary, thank you for getting back to me! I found the ceramic figure at a flea market down here and bought it. I had no idea that it was part of a lamp until I did a search. I thought that was really cool. I was hoping to find a similar lamp piece or possibly re-create it myself. Any suggestions / thoughts? Thank again!

  9. Gary says:

    No problem Tate! I’m actually looking for a similar sized lamp shade with no luck. I’ve been checking secondhand store, the Salvation Army stores etc… Good luck with your search!

  10. Gina says:

    I would love to find one of these figures of Bobby Orr…When my husband and i married he had one and I broke it dusting. He has never forgiven me for it and he is turning 50 in August and would love to give this to him for a birthday gift. Please let me know where i might find one or may even be able to make one.

  11. Gary says:

    Hi Gina, thanks for the comment! The best place to look is on Ebay. Every once in awhile one will pop up. Not too often though. The last time I saw one was 3 or 4 months ago. Good luck!

  12. toby chaperon says:

    I have an Orr lamp with shade if you would like to purchase it from me….email me if interested and I can shoot you a pic

  13. Nick says:

    I also have one of these figurines (not the lamp). If you are interested in it contact me.

  14. Christine Babineau says:

    I Bought a Bobby Orr Statue at a yard sale because he was my favorite when I was growing up. Willing to let go for $75.00 Contact me at 1-508-943-1214 if interested.

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