He is discovered at the age of 13 in 1961 by the Boston Bruins who then prepare his future career while respecting his school time in his native Ontario. In 1964, long before he could play in NHL, he already has the highest salary in the history of his sport.
The 18th birthday of Bobby is awaited by all fans of ice hockey. He plays for the first time in NHL on October 19, 1966 and scores his first NHL goal three days later. Remaining a defenceman throughout his career, he accumulates much success with the Bruins until 1976.
In 1966 also, Topps attempts an innovation in its hockey cards : an English-only version specifically marketing the United States and known as the 1966 Topps USA Test. This series of 66 cards printed in a limited quantity is a subset of the bilingual series of 132 cards, with numbers that rarely match together.
The rookie card of Bobby Orr, edited before his debut in NHL, is numbered 35 in both lists. A single 1966 USA Test - 35 is graded Mint 9 by PSA. It will be sold by Lelands in an online auction that ends on February 1, lot 1. According to PSA website, only one Bobby Orr card was graded at the same level in the bilingual series. No rookie card of this player exceeds this grade.
SOLD for $ 204K including premium