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For any die-hard hockey card collector, Wayne Gretzky hockey cards are a must-have for their personal collection.
Of course, there’s the issue of money, particularly with his iconic 1979 O-Pee-Chee rookie card.
We list some below where you can bid or buy some of the more valuable Wayne Gretzky rookie cards on eBay.
But we also offer a few other suggestions that are worth looking into as well.
1. 1979 O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky Rookie Card
If you have the funds, this is the Wayne Gretzky rookie card 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).
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.
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 Wayne Gretzky rookie card 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.
MORE WAYNE GRETZKY HOCKEY CARDS FOR SALE (SHOP ON EBAY)
- 1985 O-Pee-Chee #120 Wayne Gretzky Card
- 1981 O-Pee-Chee #106 Wayne Gretzky Card
- 2000 Upper Deck Wayne Gretzky Master Collection Card
MORE ON WAYNE GRETZKY: Considered by many to be the greatest hockey player of all time, Wayne Gretzky’s career spanned over two decades.
He set many records and won numerous accolades during that time starting with his first NHL team, the Edmonton Oilers in 1979.
Gretzky led the team to four Stanley Cup championships in five years, from 1984 to 1988. Along the way, he set the NHL record for most goals in a season (92) and most points in a season (215), both of which he achieved in the 1981-82 season.
Gretzky’s success continued when he was shockingly traded to the Los Angeles Kings in 1988. In 1994, he broke Gordie Howe’s NHL record for most career points, a record that had stood for 22 years.
Gretzky finished his career with stints on the St. Louis Blues and New York Rangers and retired from the NHL in 1999 with a career total of 2,857 points (894 goals and 1,963 assists.)
Many around the world will also recognize Gretzky on the international stage, playing for Team Canada in various international tournaments. He helped Canada win the Canada Cup in 1984 and 1987 and led the team to a silver medal at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan.
|Stanley Cup Champion||1984, 1985, 1987, 1988|
|Hart Trophy (NHL MVP)||1980-1987, 1989|
|Art Ross Trophy (NHL Leading Scorer)||1981-1987, 1990, 1991, 1994|
|Lady Byng Trophy||1980, 1991, 1992|
|Conn Smythe Trophy (Playoff MVP)||1985, 1988|
|Lester B. Pearson Award (NHLPA MVP)||1982-1986, 1987-1989|
|NHL All-Star Game MVP||1983, 1989|
|Canada Cup Champion||1984, 1987|
|Olympic Gold Medalist||2002 (as Executive Director of Canadian men’s team)|
|Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee||1999|
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