Bobby Orr Cards, Rookie Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Bobby Orr

Date of Birth: 3/20/1948
Rookie Card Year: 1966-67
Investment Rating: 8.5


Overview

Bobby Orr cards and autographed memorabilia are some of the most coveted collectibles in hockey. When you look at his career accomplishments, it's easy to see why.

Orr was the winner of eight consecutive Norris Trophies as the NHL's top defenseman. He also won three Hart Trophies as league MVP, two Conn Smythe Trophies for being the top player in the playoffs the Calder Trophy for Rookie of the Year. Orr also earned two Art Ross Trophies for topping the league in points. Under Orr's leadership, the Bruins won two Stanley Cups.

While there are plenty of autographed items for collectors to pursue, values for his signed pieces remains strong. Although Orr has been a willing in-person signer, he hasn't exploited his popularity by flooding the market with his signature. He does sign at the occasional autograph show, particularly larger ones.

Bobby Orr's official rookie card was released as part of 1966-67 Topps Hockey. High-grade examples often sell for four figures. Orr also has a team-issued, minor league 1964-65 Oshawa Generals card.

Bobby Orr Rookie Card Checklist

1966-67 Topps Hockey Bobby Orr RC #35

The simplistic design gives the viewer the impression they are watching a hockey game on a wood panel television as a large head shot of Orr in the middle, stares forward, possibly conducting an interview. The back of the card has both English and French text, in addition to a blank stat line indicative of his rookie status.

When dealing with a card this old, condition can cause great fluctuations in value. Many will show basic to moderate wear and those that are still in good condition will sell for huge premiums. Unless you are very knowledgeable about the card or have an authentic one to compare it against, be weary of purchasing a card that is not graded. This card has dealt with counterfeit and reprint issues and because the design is so plain, it can be very difficult to determine the legitimacy of the card with an untrained eye. A quick search of the web will reveal reprints for as little as few dollars per card and they look remarkably similar to the authentic cards.

In spite of all this, the card is a great addition to any collection and the one rookie of a player considered to be among the top players in NHL history.

As a side note, Topps released a US-only, test set of the 1966-67 edition that contained 66 cards with some reports indicating that print runs were as low as 100. Although not a true rookie, this rare card is nearly identical to Orr's rookie except the coloring is much lighter and the back contains writing only in English. The card also has an unintended white stripe along the front right side.

Top eBay Listings

2015-16 O-Pee-Chee Platinum Hockey Retro Rainbow Red card : Bobby Orr #15 15
$55.00

1977 Topps #251 Bobby Orr NM Y689
$28.00

1977 Topps #251 Bobby Orr EX MT Y1141
$18.00

2015-16 UD BUYBACKS #119 BOBBY ORR AUTO 2 HOCKEY HEROES IMMORTALS 00-01 MINT
$375.00

BOBBY ORR x 2 GORDIE HOWE + BOBBY HULL ** (4) RARE Autographed KSA Graded Cards
$214.84

Bobby Orr very rare advertisement card-circa 1966-1968
$15.00

1974 TOPPS #100 BOBBY ORR BRUINS HOF PSA 8 H2049258-490
$42.99

1966 Topps Hockey #35 Bobby Orr Rookie Card SGC 55 1966-67
$2,349.98

1972 Topps Hockey Card PSA 9 Mint #100 Bobby Orr Boston Bruins HOF Centered NHL
$149.99

1999-00 Upper Deck Century Legends Essence of the Game #E2 Bobby Orr Bourque
$9.00

2001-02 (BRUINS) UD Honor Roll Original Six #OS1 Bobby Orr
$8.00

1971-72 O-Pee-Chee 251 Bobby Orr
$27.00

2000-01 (BRUINS) UD Legends Legendary Collection Bronze #6 Bobby Orr 25
$160.00

1971-72 OPC BOBBY ORR #251 ALL STAR EX-MT+ (REF 11046)
$39.95

1974-75 OPC BOBBY ORR #100 BRUINS EX-MT (REF 11068)
$29.95

1973-74 OPC BOBBY ORR #30 NHL ALL STAR VG-EX (REF 11070)
$24.95
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Autograph Guide

Bobby Orr Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Bobby Orr's authentic signature looks like. This can be used as a first point of reference for determining the legitimacy of autograph memorabilia, but is not a substitute for having your items authenticated by a well-respected professional autograph authentication company. Some of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, and Mounted Memories. Bobby Orr also has his own authentication when purchased from his website.

Bobby Orr Cut Signature Exemplar:

Bobby Orr Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Bobby Orr signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of  the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:

  1. The signature is written on an even horizontal plane.
  2. Written in cursive, each letter is legible.
  3. The signature leans to the left.
  4. The capital letter "B" is slightly open at the bottom, the pen stays on the paper as it flows into the other letters.
  5. The "o" is closed forming a proper circle.
  6. The "b"'s are discernible but with very shallow curves.
  7. The "y" has a shallow "u" shape before beginning a long tail that resembles a very large backward "C."
  8. The capital letter "O" is similar in size to the "B" of his first name.
  9. It is written i a manner so that the pen stays on the paper by crossing back through the oval shape and into the identical "r"s.
  10. He often inscribes his jersey number "#4."

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BOBBY ORR SIGNED NHL HOCKEY PUCK - BOSTON BRUINS - GAI CERTIFIED AUTHENTIC
$148.99

Bobby Orr Boston Bruins signed puck - GA GAI COA
$69.99

Steiner Bobby Orr The Goal Signed and Framed 8x10 Collage (13x16 7535)
$207.99

BOBBY ORR SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED OFFICIAL HOF PUCK WITH JSA
$200.00

1970-71 O-Pee-Chee Bobby Orr Signed Card BGS 5 JSA 9 Auto Bruins HOF
$299.00

1991-92 Baybank Bobby Orr Signed Card BGS 8.5 JSA 10 Auto Bruins
$149.00

Bobby Orr Don Awrey Dallas Smith & Gary Doak Signed 8x10 PSA Bruins Photo Auto
$399.00

Bobby Orr Signed B&W 8x10 Photograph PSA DNA Photo Auto Bruins THE GOAL
$299.00

Bobby Orr Signed 1970-71 O-Pee-Chee Card OPC Boston Bruins JSA COA #L54840
$139.99

Bobby Orr Signed 1966-67 Topps Test Issue Rookie Card PSA 10 Auto #83272375
$14,444.44

Steiner Bobby Orr Signed Diving Horizontal Color 7.5x11 Photo (GNR COA)
$259.99

Signed Bobby Orr "My Story" JSA#M12165
$125.00

BOBBY ORR Signed BOSTON BRUINS 8X10 PHOTO HOFer - JSA #H42223
$199.95

BOBBY ORR SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED THE GOAL PHOTO JAMES SPENCE JSA COA BRUINS HOF
$189.99

BOBBY ORR SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED 8x10 COLOR PHOTO JAMES SPENCE JSA COA BRUINS HOF
$189.99

Bobby Orr autographed book My Story (2013) Boston Bruins JSA Signed
$99.00
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Rob is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff and co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio.He is an avid collector with over 20 years of active experience in the hobby.

User Comments

  1. Can you help me find the going price for a Bobby Ore plastic lunch pail. I believe it is late 90,s .It was made by Aladdin .It has a photo of him in front of a net with a goalie in the net .His photo is inserted in top right corner and signature.
    Thank You

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