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Boston Bruins legend Bobby Orr’s rookie jersey set to hit auction block by Chris Olds
April 7, 2010, 11:48 am
Filed under: Hall of Fame, NHL | Tags: , , , , , ,

Update: The jersey sold for $191,200.

A game-used jersey from hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Orr‘s rookie season is set to hit the auction block later this month and is expected to fetch more than $100,000.

It’s the first Orr rookie jersey to be auctioned. It’s from the 1966-67 season and was a gift to its owner from Garry Young, a former scout for the Bruins. Years ago, the owner received an offer of $1,000 for the piece, which is one of only two known to exist, but he turned it down.

“You can imagine that was a lot of money to me back then,” said John Rows, the owner. “There were a couple different people interested in, actually, but I decided to hold on to it.”

The jersey will be sold as part of Heritage Auctions‘ Signature Sports Memorabilia Auction that launches on April 23.

“My uncle brought it home with him,” Rows said. “He had the Orr jersey and a Gerry Cheevers jersey and gave them to my cousins. One of them later asked me which one I liked, and I told him I really liked Orr, so he gave me that one and said he’d keep the Cheevers jersey.”

As with most teams at the time, the Bruins’ jerseys were recycled at season’s end for use by its minor league teams.

The other known Orr rookie jersey sold in a private transaction for a six-figure price. That jersey was stripped of the original Bruins emblem for its use with the Niagara Falls Flyers of the OHA.

“Extensive photographic research establishes this jersey’s legitimacy beyond any question,” said Heritage’s Chris Ivy. “Every image of Orr wearing white during his rookie season finds him wearing one of only two jerseys. You’ll find no rookie image of Orr (excluding those in which he wears gold) that does not match one of these two jerseys.

“‘Holy Grail’ terminology is too often used in the hyperbolic world of collecting,” said Ivy, “but I make no excuses using it here. Few figures in sports history have had a greater impact upon the fortunes of their franchise than Orr. He remains one of the most beloved sporting icons in a city blessed with iconic names like Williams, Russell and Bird, and figures prominently in any discussion of the greatest hockey player of all time. If the only unaltered Bobby Orr rookie jersey in the world isn’t a hockey Holy Grail, then what is?”


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What an idiot! As Bobby’s biggest fan, I’d give my left arm PLUS for that jersey (cuz I don’t have the money).

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