For any die-hard hockey card collector, Wayne Gretzky, aka The Great One, rookie card is a must-have for their personal collection.
Of course, there’s the issue of money, particularly with his iconic 1979 O-Pee-Chee. We list some below where you can bid or buy them online.
But we also offer a few other suggestions that are worth looking into as well.
1. 1979 O-Pee-Chee Rookie Card
If you have the funds, this is the one to get.
And the better the grade, the more you can expect to pay. Even lesser graded ones can cost you a pretty penny.
These O-Pee-Chee cards were distributed in Canada and printed in smaller quantities than the ones that Topps produced for U.S. collectors (see next card recommendation below).
2. 1979 Topps Rookie Card
Looks identical to the aforementioned 1979 OPC Rookie Card, but the Topps isn’t as scarce.
Hence you can find these cards at similar grades cost far less than the OPC rookies.
However, getting a good grade is still difficult with these light blue border cards, which means there is still scarcity in finding these rookie cards in top condition.
3. 1980 O-Pee-Chee #250 Second-Year Card
Back in the earlier days of collecting, there wasn’t as much variety when it comes to collecting different rookie cards.
So the two previously mentioned Gretzky rookies are pretty much it.
But if you’re priced out of that range, the second-year card is worth a look. Some well graded ones already go for a few thousand although ungraded ones are still quite affordable.
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