Fall 2011 Auction Preview
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Our upcoming Fall 2011 Auction will feature more than 1000 lots of pure treasure and it's coming up in just one week.

There's one lot that will most certainly catch the attention of all fellow collectors out there :

Bobby Orr's Team Canada 1976 Canada Cup Game-Worn Jersey from Oldrich Machac - Photo-Matched!

Bobby Orr 1976 Canada Cup Jersey - Fall 2011 Auction

Please read below as you will find our complete catalogue description of the jersey as well as videos and photos. Stay tuned and share with friends, auction is starting really soon...

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Bobby Orr's Team Canada 1976 Canada Cup Game-Worn Jersey from Oldrich Machac - Photo-Matched!

Bobby Orr set the bar for offensive defensemen in the NHL. His 260 goals, including 46 scored in a single season, have not been matched by many. Orr thrilled fans in Boston and led the Bruins to Stanley Cup victories in 1970 and 1972. During his time in the league, Orr racked up an impressive collection of awards and there was hardly a season in which he didn't run away with the Norris Trophy. He won it for eight consecutive years! In 1976, a faltering Orr was selected to represent his nation for the first time at the 1976 Canada Cup tournament. Orr's knee, ravaged by operations every summer, was virtually without cartilage. He had played only 10 games with the Bruins the previous season before requiring more surgery and rehabilitation, but he refused to allow injury to prevent him from playing in the inaugural Canada Cup, the first best-on-best, featuring Canada and Europe. Bobby Orr came out strong and in the first game, an 11-2 win over Finland, he had three assists. Next, in a 4-2 win over the U.S., he added two more assists with one more in the next match up against Sweden. The best-of-three finals pitted the Canadians against Czechoslovakia, and Canada began with an impressive 6-0 win in which Orr scored twice, including a goal that came on his trade-mark rush down the right wing when he potted one over the glove of netminder Vladimir Dzurilla. After Canada's historic victory in the second and final outing, finishing on Sittler's memorable goal, Bobby Orr, who led Canada with nine points, was named the tournament MVP.

Watch the memorable goal below ... chills guaranteed!

1976 Canada Cup Final 10 minutes!

1976 Canada Cup Final 10 minutes!

This wondrous white knit with the heavily-screened rubberized red name, numbers and Team Canada demi-leaf design was worn by Bobby Orr throughout the international tourney. The shirt is tagged in the neck by Athletic Knit, in size 46 with Orr's surname across the back shoulders above his famed number "4". Blue ballpoint ink on the backside of the neck tag reads: "Oldrich Machac, Heydukova 21, 62800 Brno Ceska Republika". This example has the cross-over style neck and reinforced elbows.

Game wear is quite evident throughout the uniform with areas of red paint transfer, dozens of stick marks and slashes on both arms, the front and the back and scuffing and cracking to the red rubber appliqués. Authenticity is assured by a conclusive photo-match to a two-tone stick slash which appears on the lower right side of the back of the jersey. A digital copy of a photographic image, which will accompany the lot, shows the jersey folded in this area, but you can clearly discern a small part of the red portion of the mark and the tip of the black slash.

Bobby Orr 1976 Canada Cup JerseyBobby Orr - 1976 Canada Cup

Who can forget the emotional celebratory scene following Canada's victory when both teams met at centre ice to shake hands and exchange jerseys. Pete Mahovlich found the Czech player with the jersey number matching his own and soon after, every other participant on the ice followed suit. Bobby Orr swapped shirts with Czech star Oldrich Machac (click here to watch some of Oldrich famous body checks) and this jersey remained in Machac's collection from that day to this. Certainly proud of this memento, Oldrich marked his name and address on the neck tagging, as noted above, and also marked his name in blue ink inside the lower front hem, adding a label in the inner tail that reads: "Orr (Machac) (Sin Slavy)".

Bobby Orr 1976 Canada Cup Jersey

The jersey was loaned at one point to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto and comes complete with a copy of a letter from Bobby Orr and officials of the Hall attesting to its display in the Hall of Fame. The exciting and historical find was consigned to Classic Auctions in 2011 by Oldrich Machac who, sadly, passed away soon after. It will come with a letter of authenticity from Classic Auctions and another letter of provenance from the family of Oldrich Machac. Following on the heels of our recent offering and the record sale price attained for Paul Henderson's 1972 Series Team Canada jersey which set the bar, we believe that this photo-matched, game-worn Bobby Orr Team Canada 1976 Canada Cup jersey, with unwavering provenance, most certainly represents the second-most significant Team Canada uniform find in the history of the game and the hobby!

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Mathieu Morin, Director of Marketing