Legendary defenceman Bobby Orr's rookie jersey scores $191,200



2015-06-26 11:59:01

Legendary defenceman Bobby Orr's rookie jersey scores $191,200

The winning bid was a World Record auction price for a piece of hockey memorabilia

Bobby Orr was a Canadian hockey player. The defenceman, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1979, is widely regarded as one of the greatest players ever to pick up a hockey stick.

It's no surprise, therefore, that the sale of Orr's jersey at Heritage Auctions last week caused something of a stir. Hockey fans and Canadians in general were all well aware of the April 23 sale in advance.

The jersey was Bobby Orr's 1966-67 Game Worn Rookie Jersey, which he donned following his very early pick-up by the Boston Bruins franchise.

The sports memorabilia sale totalled $4.2m in total with the jersey reaching a stunning $191,200.

Bobby Orr Jersey

"The news was all over the United States and I can't imagine there were many Canadians who didn't hear about it on television, the radio or in the papers." commented Chris Ivy, Director of Sports at Heritage Auctions, "As a result we saw a bump in prices across the board."

An indication of the interest created by the jersey was that not only was this a World Record, but the second highest sale was a high-grade 1912 C57 "Hockey Series" complete set of collectible cards, which drew $89,625. The hobby is usually dominated by baseball cards.

A record for an autographed golf collectible was likewise set in this historic auction, as a photograph presented to Ben Hogan by the participants of the 1949 Masters tournament realized a stunning $31,070.

"This result more than doubled the previous record for a golf autograph," Ivy noted, "which was likewise held by Heritage."

Collectors interested in golf autographs should check out this baseball cap, signed by Tiger Woods and several other major golfers.

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