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    Only a single finer example!

    1979 O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky Rookie #18 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. 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.

    Thus it should come as no surprise that the Gretzky rookie card is counted among the tiny handful of regular-issue cardboard issued in the last four decades that has earned "essential" status for top collectors. This Canadian issue is the bigger challenge of the two North American versions, as O-Pee-Chee's cutting process was inferior to the Topps breed, plaguing the set with rough cuts that typically barred entry to Mint 9 slabs like this one. This welcome exception to the rule adds perfect registration and centering to the mix, fully earning its elite assessment, bested only once in PSA history.


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    Auction Dates
    August, 2017
    19th-20th Saturday-Sunday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 16
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