A rare rookie card Wayne Gretzky set the record for the most expensive hockey card ever sold at auction.
According to TMZ Sports, Heritage Auctions sold a Gem Mint 10 1979 O-Pee-Chee Gretzky rookie card for $ 1.29 million.
Heritage Auctions noted that there were only two Gem Mint 10 O-Pee-Chee Gretzky rookie cards known to exist, mainly because the O-Pee-Chee card-cutting process meant that a lot of cards were poorly cut.
Aside from the rarity of a Gem Mint 10, the fact that Gretzky is arguably the greatest player in hockey history greatly contributes to the card’s value.
The Great One entered the NHL in 1979-80, accumulating 51 goals and 86 assists for 137 points in his first season in the league as a member of the Edmonton Oilers.
During a 20-year NHL career with the Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues and New York Rangers, Gretzky set NHL career records with 894 goals, 1 963 assists and 2,857 points.
The 99 is also a nine-time Hart Trophy winner as an NHL MVP, ten-time Art Ross Trophy winner as NHL leading scorer, four-time Stanley Cup champion and two-time Conn Trophy winner. Smythe as the playoff MVP.
All Gretzky collectibles and memorabilia are in high demand to this day, but a Gem Mint 10 O-Pee-Chee Rookie Card can be the holy grail for collectors, which accounts for the price tag over $ 1 million.