Wayne Gretzky rookie cards are very hard to find in good condition. His 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee rookie card has many common flaws like centering and edge fraying which causes the card to be very rare in good condition. When you throw in Wayne Gretzky’s popularity you can understand why these cards sell for thousands of dollars. All Waynewayne-gretzky-rookie-cards Gretzky hockey cards are worth buying at the right price.

What are Wayne Gretzky Rookie Cards Worth?

1979-80 O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky Rookie Card- This is is one of the best Wayne Gretzky rookie cards.  The value of these cards varies in price based on the condition of the card.  O-Pee-Chee Gretzky rookie had a few things that made the card very hard to find in good condition.  First of all the cards normally were printed off-center.  It is very hard to find a centered O-Pee-Chee Gretzky rookie.  The other problem were the rough edges or corners of the card.  Topps did a bad job cutting these cards which left cards with extremely hard edges that effect the grade it recieves.  If you can find a Gem MT 10 version of this amazing rookie card expect to pay over $7500 for it.

1979 Topps Wayne Gretzky Rookie– This great rookie card looks much like the O-Pee-Chee version which was distributed in Canada.  The main difference is on the back of the card and the way the cards were cut.  These cards sell for $2000 in Gem MT 10 condition which is about a third of what the O-Pee-chee rookie sells fro.  The reason that this Gretzky rookie card is much more affordable is that it is much more common due to the printing that Topps conducted in the United States and the cards were cut better which makes them easier to find in good condition.

Wayne Gretzky rookies are great collector’s items due to the way he played the game. Wayne Gretzky’s career was unprecedented. He was one of the top Hockey players ever to wear a uniform. He led the Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers to some of there best seasons.  He is an exciting,versatile competitor and electrifying player.  Combining these qualities with his superb skills enabled him to beat the opposition in many ways. Many have considered Wayne Gretzky as one of Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers’s best all round players and one of the most fiercest competitors. Wayne Gretzky has entrenched himself as a piece of Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers history and will always be a fan favorite.

His Hockey cards have collector’s trying to find some of the best graded Wayne Gretzky rookie cards. For the most part his rookie card is his most valuable card, this is still pretty much how it is except for some of his rare insert cards and autographed cards.Wayne Gretzky memorabilia has also picked up over the past few years with investors spending amazing amounts of money on game used items.

A Wayne Gretzky rookie  is a great investment.  The question is what are the best and most affordable Wayne Gretzky rookie cards and were are the best places to find them at a reasonable price.  Below you will find results of some of Wayne Gretzky best hockey cards to date and auctions that are currently on ebay at affordable prices.  You can use these auctions as a guide to also help you determine what the current value of these cards are.

Alan Karpuch

Owner of GMA Grading Inc. Over 20 years experience in the sports card industry.

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