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    1979 O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky #18 PSA NM-MT 8. 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!

    Graded PSA NM-MT 8. The edges of this Gretzky rookie show ragged appearance that is typical of O-Pee-Chee cards of this era. Cards at their factory were cut with a wire and as the wire dulled, the edges of the product became less sharp. This hallmark of our northern neighbor's inferior cutting mechanism is just as much a sign of Canadian heritage as the dual-language text on verso.


    Guide Value or Estimate: $20,000 - up.

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    Bidding Begins Approx.
    October
    28th Thursday
    Auction Dates
    November
    18th-20th Thursday-Saturday
    Proxy Bidding Begins Approx.
    41 Days
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