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Simply stated as being the finest vintage hockey card we've sold in our 20 year history. Few trading cards in our market hold the importance of the Bobby Orr, generally considered the 'Mickey Mantle' of hockey. In all truth, to our Canadian neighbors they might consider Mickey Mantle the 'Bobby Orr' of baseball. Orr's rookie Topps production is easily on the short list of must own vintage hockey cards, on par with both the 1951 Parkhurst Howe and 1979 O-Pee-Chee Gretzky as the market's elite top-tier investment pieces. The offered museum caliber Orr comes from the highly scarce 'USA Test' production issued by Topps during the same year as their standard issue. While similar to the standard issue, the USA Test production was issued only in the US and was printed in far fewer quantities. Limited to only 66 cards (half the size of the standard issue) and also carries other production variances including a tell-tale white stripe to the front border, somewhat lighter-grained wood borders, and an all-English reverse (standard issue included both English and French). The offered PSA 8.5 ranks as the best example we've had the pleasure of brokering in our long tenure and could have easily graded a '9'. The card possesses 50-50 centering along with a pristine periphery. The left two corners are untouched, the surfaces are exquisite and the card stock is MINT. Microscopic touches to the extreme right two corners is perhaps all that accounts for the some what harsh PSA assessment. We would love the opportunity to see how this example stacks up against the lone PSA 9 in existence; we can say with confidence that this masterpiece would hold its own and perhaps possess greater overall eye appeal and qualities. The lone PSA 9 recently sold for over $200,000; we're proud to offer this equally impressive specimen to the investment community free of any reserve. In conclusion, this card redefines what's possible for the issue and sets the tone for what an exceptional Topps USA Test Orr rookie can truly offer. Comes with our highest recommendation. One of over 15,000 cards, lots, and sets up for bid in our 9th Auction of 2019. Click on the link above to view the other PWCC auction lots.

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