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    1966 Topps USA Test Bobby Orr #35 PSA NM 7. When Bobby Orr burst onto the NHL ice in his rookie season of 1966-67, he wasn't merely trying to fit into a league; he was on a mission to revolutionize the game of hockey. An international prodigy at 14-years-old while playing junior hockey, Orr made his NHL debut with Boston at only 18. Before Orr, defensemen made occasional incursions deep into enemy ice; however, Orr threw tradition to the wind and became the fulcrum to the Bruin's attack. Orr's superb skating, pin-point passing, sweeping vision while stickhandling up ice, and bullet shot made a combination never before exhibited by a defenseman in the history of hockey. Orr's innovational style led the Bruins to two Stanley Cups as he scored over 100 points in a phenomenal six consecutive seasons, 1969-70 through 1974-75, averaging an astounding 35.7 goals per season in that time period. The Hall-of-Famer won the Calder Trophy as the NHL Rookie-of-the-Year in Award in 1966-67, and followed it with myriad awards, including: Hart Trophy (3 consecutive), Norris (8 consecutive), Ross (3), and Smythe (2).

    Graded PSA NM 7. Back in 1966, the NHL was preparing to add six American teams (including Los Angeles and Oakland) in 1967-68 to double its number of franchises. Because of this, to test American interest in hockey's non-traditional hotbeds, Topps issued this "Test", an extremely limited issue of cards to its California market. These cards are scarce, the unusual quantity seen in this auction the result of a newly discovered cashe of a few hundred cards. One sold at auction in 2019 as the second highest price ever for a hockey card - $204,000.


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