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

1966 67 Topps Bobby Orr Rookie Card Image

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.

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1972-73 O-Pee-Chee NHL SCORING LEADERS Bobby Orr #280 Boston Bruins EX * SC2364
$20.00
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1972-73 O-Pee-Chee BOBBY ORR NHL Assists Leaders #283 NRMT MINT * SC2367
$79.00
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1996-97 Pinnacle Gold Bobby Orr Commemorative Card 1966-1979 Boston Bruins
$10.00
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1974-75 Topps Bobby Orr #2 Assist Leaders Boston Bruins
$6.80
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1974-75 Topps Bobby Orr & Phil Esposito #28 Boston Bruins Team Leaders *14587
$5.95
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2002-03 Upper Deck Bobby Orr #182 Boston Bruins SP
$5.95
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2012-13 Fleer Retro Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems Red #1 Bobby Orr ( MT1 )
$39.95
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1972-73 OPC #129 Bobby Orr graded BVG 4.5
$39.99
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1974-75 Topps- NHL HOCKEY - #248 James Norris Trophy - Bobby Orr - NRMT-MT
$15.00
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BOBBY ORR 69-70 TOPPS 1969-70 NO 24 KSA 6.5
$129.99
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NHL OPC hockey Bobby Orr vintage hockey card 1972
$25.00
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1966-67 Bobby Orr ROOKIE Boston Bruins (lot 10) Fridge Magnet FREE S H
$29.99
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1970 Dad's Cookies Bobby Orr PSA Mint 9 MH23 Not a 9
$65.00
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00-01 ud upper deck epic signatures bobby orr boston bruins autograph auto
$112.00
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Bobby Orr Crest of Honor patch cards 1-2-3 & bonus card Ray Bourque L@@K
$225.44
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1975-76 TOPPS Hockey 3 x Bobby Orr (1974-75 First Team All-Stars) #288
$19.99
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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:

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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 Photograph Pricing:

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1969 Topps Bobby Orr #24 Signed Hockey Card PSA DNA slabbed vintage autograph!
$149.99
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BOBBY ORR Signed "The Goal" Curve Display LE 50 UDA
$395.00
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Bobby Orr HOF Boston Bruins 1966-1978 Vintage Hand Signed 4x6 Index Card JSA COA
$150.00
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Bobby Orr HOF Boston Bruins 1966-1979 Hand Signed 3x5 Index Card Rare JSA COA
$150.00
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JSA Authentic Signed Bobby Orr Auto Index Card W 8x10 Photo Matted
$79.95
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Bobby Orr Signed Official NHL Logo Hockey Puck UDA 76288
$299.99
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Bobby Orr Signed Bruins Hockey Stick JSA COA
$275.00
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BOBBY ORR SIGNED CARD 1966 TOPPS RC #35 AUTO GRADED MINT 9! PSA DNA SLABBED
$7,999.99
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BRUINS BOBBY ORR "HOF 79" SIGNED AUTHENTIC 1970 STANLEY CUP 16X20 PHOTO PSA DNA
$299.99
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BOBBY ORR and YVAN COURNOYER signed RARE 1971 72 Allstar photo PSA DNA GNR
$349.99
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Triple Autograph Signed Auto Boston Bruins Bobby Orr Ray Bourque ROY PSA Glove
$499.99
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Bobby Orr Signed Boston Bruins The Goal Spotlight 16x24 Photo LE25 UDA 76371
$399.99
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BOYS OF BOSTON SIGNED PHOTO-BOBBY ORR-TED WILLIAMS-LARRY BIRD--JSA AUCTION LOA
$1,695.00
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BOBBY ORR Signed "The Goal" 16 x 24 Photo UDA LE 25
$499.00
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1972 Topps Hockey #162 Bobby Orr NHL Assist Leaders Signed Auto PSA DNA 1 1
$159.99
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Bobby Orr Boston Bruins Signed Autograph Puck GAI Authentication
$200.00
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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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