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    1979 O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky #18 PSA Mint 9 - Only One Higher. Wayne Gretzky was still a young man in perfect health when he was bestowed with an honor not offered since Roberto Clemente and Lou Gehrig before him. "The Great One" was sent straight to the Hall of Fame upon retirement without the requisite five year waiting period. Ordinarily, you'd have to be dead, or at least dying, to get that kind of treatment. While number four and number twenty-one were retired from the Yankees and Pirates wardrobes respectively to honor the fallen ballplayers, Wayne Gretzky's famous double-nines were declared off-limits for the entirety of the National Hockey League in perpetuity! This was a distinction previously afforded only to the great Jackie Robinson in the entirety of the four major professional sports. Skating his way into all of the scoring record books, Wayne Gretzky is was so aptly nicknamed "The Great One" if anyone ever should be.

    A high grade rookie card from O-Pee-Chee is a must have for any serious hockey collector as it is one of the most desired cards in the hobby. If cards could talk, this pack fresh wonder would scream "quality." The card doesn't even exhibit the minor print dots or lines so common with this issue. The "worst" we can find (and we use that word for lack-there of another) is centering which is just a nudge off top to bottom. Graded PSA Mint 9 with good reason, only sixty-three of the over 3,200 copies reviewed by PSA have achieved a Mint 9 grade. This is a scarce opportunity to acquire this card in high grade as the market has heated up and once this card is in private hands it will stay there.


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    Auction Dates
    November, 2016
    17th-19th Thursday-Saturday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 16
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