Rookie Card of Bobby Orr: The Greatest Offensive Defenseman to Play the Game

There are good players and there are great players. And once in a generation comes along a player that is elite. The best of the best. They are the players that change the game forever. Ones that not only leave their impression on a team or city but on an entire era. Bobby Orr is at the highest level among the heroes of hockey.Born March 20, 1948 Bobby is the pride and joy of Parry Sound, Ontario. In Canada he’s a Superhero, in Boston he’s a Saint. Much like Michael Jordan in basketball in the 1980-90’s kids wanted to “be like Mike.” But in the 1960-70’s kids emulated and wanted to be like Bobby Orr.

As a child he was a hockey prodigy. So much so the Boston Bruins drafted him in 1961 at the young age of 14. He could not play in the NHL until he was 18 so he had time to develop his game even further. When he debuted in 1966 in the very first game he ever played many could see he was the best player on the ice. As one would suspect his manhood was immediately tested, but he gave it just as much as he took it.

Bobby Orr revolutionized the game of hockey for the modern day. He accomplished that with his skates. Legend has it the day he was born he knew how to skate. He turned skating into a ballet. And to this day many claim him to be the greatest skater to ever play the game. However, it came at a cost later in his career as he was only able to play 12 years due to chronic knee issues.

His niche was in the mindset that was prevalent of the day. It said, “Defensemen aren’t supposed to score.” Defensemen never attacked the net they never crossed the blue line but Bobby Orr did! He changed the concept of his position and he did it with excellence. Defensively he showed excellence as well, as he won eight consecutive James Norris Memorial Trophy’s which is given to best defensive player in the league.

Other career accomplishments include: 1966-67 Calder Memorial Trophy | 9x All-Star | 2x Stanley Cup Winner | 3x Hart Memorial Trophy | 1974-75 Ted Lindsey Award | 2x Art Ross Trophy | 2x Conn Smythe Trophy

Career Stat Line: Games Played 657 | Goals 270 | Assist 645 | Points 915

 ROOKIE CARD OF HALL OF FAMER BOBBY ORR


1966-67 Topps, Card No. 35 (shop eBay)

If this card looks eerily familiar it’s because the design resembles the 1955 Bowman baseball set. The design is made to look like a television. This is no flat screen either, televisions back in the mid-sixties were these ginormous wooden boxes, which housed a picture “tube” inside of it and no remote control. As a kid you were the remote control. Can I get an amen?

This 132 card set was the largest hockey set ever produced by Topps. Card front is not only creative but also realistic. It seems like your really looking into a television and the details: notice the fans in the stands, player benches even an opponent skating along Bobby’s right shoulder. Also, it makes you wonder if Bobby is in the Penalty Box? However, the one negative about the card front is the big brown borders which create a nightmare for finding centered copies and chipped edges and corners stand out like a sore thumb.

However, the beauty of the card front is quickly neutralized when you flip this one over to view the design on card back. Wow! that’s rough. A giant, black text box with player commentary in both french and english.

As of the date of this post raw copies can be purchased for around $1,100.00; graded very good copies (3’s) sell for $1,790.00-$2,000.00 while Excellent-Mint copies (6’s) sell between $7,300.00-$9,650.00 and on April 27, 2007 a Mint copy (9) sold for $47,593.20 respectively.


Sources:
Vintage Card Prices | vintagecardprices.com http://www.vintagecardprices.com/  (accessed May 14, 2019).
Bobby Orr Stats | Hockey-Reference.com https://www.hockey-reference.com/players/o/orrbo01.html (accessed May 12, 2019).

 

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Victor Roman Sr

I've been collecting for over thirty years. My goal is to inform and inspire collectors of cardboard. I believe there is nothing that holds its value better than rookie cards of Hall of Famers, nor is there anything more rewarding than learning the history of the All-Time Greats. I summarize it this way- LEARN. COLLECT. ENJOY.