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    1979 O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky #18 Rookie PSA Mint 9. 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.

    And 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.

    The offered cardboard commemorative finds the sport's greatest name at the front end of the professional career that garnered such unprecedented honors. Like the man skating his way into superstardom on its face, the card earns its adjective of "Great," dodging the condition issues that plague the full-bleed design, and boasting all of the standard hallmarks of a Mint 9 specimen in the form of clean surfaces, sharp corners, thick gloss and strong centering. Only sixty-eight of over 3,850 submitted representations appear at this elevation of the PSA population ranks, placing it firmly in the top 1.7%.


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    Auction Dates
    February, 2017
    25th-26th Saturday-Sunday
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