Gretzky rookie card sells for record $ 1.29 million at auction


He might be The Great One, but Wayne Gretzky’s rookie card brought The Great Haul.

A 1979 O-Pee-Chee rookie card from Gretzky with the Edmonton Oilers in the 1978-79 season fetched $ 1.29 million at auction Friday, the first hockey card to sell over ‘one million dollars.
“Baseball has a much longer history and has a lion of the sports collectors market as a whole, but hockey has its place, and Gretzky is definitely going to Mount Rushmore the greatest of all time,” Chris said. Ivy from Heritage Auctions at Canadian. Press: “He’s right up there with Babe Ruth and Michael Jordan. ”

The card was rated in perfect Gem Mint 10 condition. According to Heritage Auctions, the Dallas-based house that sold the card, there are only two that are rated Gem Mint 10.

The same card sold for $ 465,000 in August 2016, the previous record for a hockey card.

Becoming the first million dollar hockey card, of course, is just another high note for Gretzky, which holds 61 NHL records.

“We’re very excited and happy that he’s made (almost) $ 1.3 million,” Ivy said. “He could have very easily sold for $ 1.1 million and just as easily for $ 1.6 million. It depends on who is willing to cut the check. He set a record … another record to add to Wayne Gretzky’s tally.

“He deserves to have the best-selling hockey card of all time. ”


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