An American public sale firm says it has shattered its personal document on the sale of a Wayne Gretzky rookie card.
Heritage Auctions says it has offered a 1979 O-Pee-Chee Gretzky rookie card to an nameless purchaser for US$3.75 million.
The earlier document for a hockey card was set Dec. 11, 2020 when Heritage offered the one different one in every of two Gretzky rookie playing cards to obtain an ideal “gem mint” rating from Skilled Sports activities Authenticator for $1.29 million.
That marked the primary hockey card to go for greater than $1 million.
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The net public sale home has mentioned the “gem mint” playing cards have been the one two to realize that rating out of 5,711 PSA evaluated.
By comparability, there are greater than 300 rookie playing cards of NBA nice Michael Jordan by Fleer with the identical “gem mint” score.
The identified document for a sports activities card sale got here earlier this 12 months when a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle baseball rookie card offered for $5.2 million by way of PWCC Market.
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Chris Ivy, Heritage Auctions’ director of sports activities, says the rarity of the merchandise boosts the worth.
“(It) isn’t a surprise contemplating how uncommon and important this card is,” Ivy mentioned in an announcement.
“In any case, there are solely two examples. And, it’s Wayne Gretzky.”
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The cardboard options Gretzky in his Edmonton Oilers uniform in the course of the crew’s last World Hockey Affiliation season earlier than the franchise joined the NHL.
The 60-year-old Gretzky, a local of Brantford, Ont., left his function as vice-chairman of the Oilers this week to simply accept a job as a hockey tv analyst for Turner Sports activities.
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Ivy instructed The Canadian Press in December it’s extraordinarily uncommon to discover a Gretzky rookie card from O-Pee-Chee, which was primarily the Canadian arm of U.S.-based Topps, in good situation due to manufacturing points within the late Nineteen Seventies.
“Ninety per cent of the playing cards as they got here out of the manufacturing unit wouldn’t be thought-about ‘gem mint’ by as we speak’s grading requirements,” Ivy mentioned. “They have been utilizing recycled cardboard that chipped simply, they have been off-centre, and there have been a whole lot of print defects.”
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A Topps 1979 Gretzky rookie card utilizing the equivalent image and categorized with the identical “gem mint” designation additionally offered for $720,000 throughout the identical Heritage public sale in December. PSA has examined 6,048 Gretzky playing cards from that 1979 run, and once more deemed solely two worthy of its highest grade.
Ivy mentioned though the Topps card is barely extra uncommon, O-Pee-Chee sits atop of the heap for collectors.
“O-Pee-Chee has at all times outperformed Topps in hockey just because they’re the Canadian model,” he mentioned. “They’re the identical playing cards, primarily, however hockey is the nationwide sport of Canada.
“For those who’re accumulating hockey (playing cards), the collectors need O-Pee-Chee.”
A four-time Stanley Cup winner, Gretzky retired from the NHL in 1999 with a document 894 targets, 1,963 assists and a pair of,857 factors.
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