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Wayne Gretzky Rookie Card Value By Grade

By Saroj Karki / 6 September 2023 10:21 AM

The most expensive hockey card of all time brokered through Heritage Auctions
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Wayne Gretzky rookie card value by grade includes the 1979 O-Pee-Chee at the top. The PSA 10 Gem Mint card was sold for $3.75 million.

The PSA 9 Mint, PSA 8 Near Mint-Mint, PSA 7 Near Mint, and PSA 6 Excellent-Mint grades of the 1979 O-Pee-Chee rookie card are also valuable.

Apart from these, the 1979 Topps Wayne Gretzky card is also sought after with the PSA 10 Gem Mint grade having the highest value among all.

The Great Gretzky has an unparalleled legacy in NHL, thanks to his records as the leading goal scorer, assist producer, and point scorer in history.

The former ice hockey center has numerous records to his name. Apart from individual successes, he led the Oilers to four Stanley Cup triumphs.

The average price for all the grades of the 1979 O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky hockey cards perĀ PSA is listed in the table below.

Value of Wayne Gretzky Rookie Card

GradeAverage Price
Authentic$1,084
PR 1$579.34
FR 1.5$689.51
Good 2$738.69
Very Good 3$836.48
VG - EX 4$1,144.93
EX 5$1,720.86
EX - MT 6$2,856.38
NM 7$5,080.69
NM - MT 8$11,386
MINT 9$132,000
GEM - MT 10$2,500,000

Wayne Gretzky Authentic Grade Card Price Range

Authentic Wayne Gretzky hockey card value ranges from $0.19 to $1,200,000. The 1979 Topps #18 PSA 10 card is valued at $1.2 million.

More than 400 cards of Gretzy have been traded on eBay in the last 1 month. Although the value of Gretzy's hockey cards has decreased by a mere 0.11% in the past 30 days, it has increased by around 212.45% in the last year.

Likewise, the 1981 Topps #16 Wayne Gretzky PSA 8 is the most traded card of The Great One in the last month with an average price of $60.18.

Since there are many counterfeit hockey cards on the market, it is essential to check properly before buying whether the card is authentic or not.

Look out for the following aspects to know the authenticity of the Gretzky cards:

  • The original rookie card has a yellow dot mark on his left shoulder.
  • The edges of the cards are not clean due to the old style of cutting with metal wire
  • Names are printed with solid ink on the original cards
  • The authentic cards have blue lines running vertically down the entire card
  • Purchase from trusted companies like PSA or Beckett

1987-88 O-Pee-Chee Mini #13 Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers card
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Gretzky Grade 1 Cards

PSA Grade 1 Wayne Gretzky rookie card worth ranges from $105.73 to $1,563.92. The 1979 O-Pee-Chee was traded for $1,563.92 in January 2021.

The cards graded 1 by the Professional Sports Authenticator are usually in poor condition with some sort of damage, wrinkles, or other defects.

The 1979 O-Pee-Chee grade 1 cards of Gretzky traded in 2023 per PSA are:

  • CERT 57519027, Jan 1 - $590.42
  • CERT 43433933, Jan 24 - $677.77
  • CERT 70671286, Feb 2 - $619.99
  • CERT 57448231, Feb 22 - $405.00
  • CERT 68078143, Mar 18 - $581.50
  • CERT 53505680, May 22 - $768.99
  • CERT 78371482, Aug 14 - $501.00

Gretzky Grade 2 Cards

The average Wayne Gretzky rookie card price for grade 2 cards is $738.69. These cards are usually in better shape than 1 and 1.5-graded cards.

All the 1979 Gretzky O-Pee-Chee grade 2 cards in 2023 per PSA are:

  • CERT 63549672, Jan 2 - $741.84
  • CERT 52344963, Mar 4 - $817.00
  • CERT 67213232, Mar 9 - $727.11
  • CERT 54521499, Mar 15 - $726.74
  • CERT 44602098, Mar 17 - $815.16
  • CERT 63561932, June 18 - $565.00
  • CERT 68327117, June 30 - $699.99
  • CERT 68327117, Aug 15 - $643.00

Gretzky Grade 3 Cards

The grade 3 cards are rated as very good by the Professional Sports Authenticator. The average price for Gretzy's grade 3 cards is $738.69.

Wayne Gretzky rookie card eBay auctions for grade 3 cards in 2023 are:

  • CERT 63549671, Jan 2 - $848.74
  • CERT 62267801, Jan 26 - $1,025.49
  • CERT 64650686, Feb 10 - $841.95
  • CERT 55641960, Feb 19 - $1,225.00
  • CERT 64280389. Apr 3 - $855.00
  • CERT 50997695, Apr 6 - $861.58
  • CERT 74046585, July 14 - $785.48
  • CERT 70231625, July 17 - $799.00
  • CERT 76560572, Aug 8 - $860.05

This card was bought for $799 on eBay recently
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Gretzky Grade 4 Cards

The grade 4 cards are rated as VG-EX, meaning in very good or excellent condition. The average cost for Gretzky grade 4 rookie card is $1,144.93.

The top 1979 O-Pee-Chee grade 4 rookie cards of The Great One traded in 2023 are:

  • CERT 59962265, Jan 3 - $1,225.00
  • CERT 64068217, Feb 21 - $1,889.99
  • CERT 25927823, Mar 3 - $1,275.25
  • CERT 67816183, Apr 3 - $1,085.00
  • CERT 49420654, May 5 - $1,029.99
  • CERT 76422625, Jun 22 - $981.10

Gretzky Grade 5 Cards

Grade 5 hockey cards refer to those in excellent condition. The average rookie card price of Wayne for the grade 5 cards per PSA is $1,720.86.

Few of these cards were on auction in eBAy and Goldin Auctions. Some of those bought in 2023 are listed below with their certification number.

  • CERT 41675669, Jan 5 - $1,631.59
  • CERT 62637477, Jan 12 - $1,824.94
  • CERT 68275439, Jan 26 - $1,740.00
  • CERT 67694938, Feb 23 - $2,400.00
  • CERT 65983244, May 1- $1,864.63
  • CERT 01825673, July 13 - $1,707.78

Gretzky Grade 6 Cards

The most recent price for a grade 6 Gretzky rookie card is $3,300.00, on 4th Aug 2023. These hockey cards are rated as Excellent or Mint (EX-MT).

Likewise, the average price for these EX-MT cards is $2,856.38. A few of these hockey cards traded via auction in 2023 are:

  • CERT 68308795, Jan 6 - $2,800.00
  • CERT 42487110, Jan 30 - $2,375.00
  • CERT 51471509, Feb 13 - $3,100.00
  • CERT 52344964, Feb 22 - $4,150.00
  • CERT 46856514, Mar 26 - $2,726.00
  • CERT 67704485, Apr 21 - $2,514.96
  • CERT 64317025, May 12 - $3,325.70
  • CERT 51471509, Aug 4 - $3,300.00

Gretzky autographed and inscribed Oilers original card by Upper Deck
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Gretzky Grade 7 Cards

The average price for a grade 7 Wayne Gretzky rookie card for sale is $5,080.69. These hockey cards are rated as near-mint quality by the PSA.

Some of the Gretzky NM rookie cards traded in 2023 are:

  • CERT 07213382, Jan 4 - $4,854.55
  • CERT 15985169, Jan 13 - $4,150.00
  • CERT 56047226, Jan 19 - $3,945.99
  • CERT 62637478, Jan 26 - $7,159.64
  • CERT 28496985, Feb 7 - $6,300.00
  • CERT 04392793, Mar 15 - $4,500.00
  • CERT 63853620, Apr 21 - $2,862.14
  • CERT 72569784, May 23 - $4,750.00
  • CERT 30157068, July 12 - $3,895.00
  • CERT 40225007, Aug 16 - $4,500.00

Gretzky Grade 8 Cards

Grade 8 hockey cards are of near-mint or mint quality. The average price for Wayne Gretzky rookie card Topps of NM-MT 8 grade is $4,672.74.

However, the cards of the same grade for the 1979 O-Pee-Chee Gretzky rookie card go all the way up to $11,386.00 on average per PSA.

Iconic jersey of Gretzky from the 1988 Stanley Cup was sold for $1,452,000
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All the NM-MT 8 grade O-Pee-Chee rookie cards bought in 2023 are listed below:

  • CERT 20990704, Jan 16 - $6,789.27
  • CERT 25781845, Mar 29 - $10,200.00
  • CERT 58255127, May 11 - $10,200.00
  • CERT 78371982, Aug 14 - $11,211.00

Gretzky Grade 9 Cards

For those wondering how much is a Wayne Gretzky rookie card worth, the average price for the 1979 O-Pee-Chee MINT 9 grade is $132,000.00.

A mint card is in exquisite condition with four sharp corners and all original gloss. However, little minor blemishes on the edges may be visible.

The MT-9 o-pee-chee rookie card of arguably the greatest hockey player of all time was bought for $132k on October 22 in Heritage Auctions.

Some of the latest trades of these high-quality cards are listed below:

  • CERT 60550912, 5 Nov 2022 - $7,200.00 (OC)
  • CERT 21207854, 1 Oct 2022 - $132,000.00
  • CERT 31599948, 28 Aug 2022 - $132,000.00
  • CERT 63959291, 4 April 2022 - $111,211.99
  • CERT 21207854, 20 Feb 2022 - $160,736.40
  • CERT 22463054, 6 Dec 2021 - $156,000.00
  • CERT 31738629, 27 Oct 2021 - $137,760.00

Gretzky Grade 10 Cards

Wayne Gretzky O Pee Chee rookie card value is $2.5 million per PSA. The Gem-Mint cards are regarded as having an absolutely perfect quality.

The cards must have four perfectly shaped corners, free of any kind of staining, sharp focus, bright color, and full original gloss and registration.

Considering the exquisite quality of these Gretzky hockey cards, it is obvious that they are extremely rare and carries value worth million dollars.

During the Fall Sports Collectibles Catalog Auction in Dallas on 13 December 2023, the 1979 O Pee Chee rookie card was bought for $1,290,000.

Back side of the Gretzky card that was sold for 3.5 million in Heritage Auctions
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Likewise, the Wayne Gretzky rookie card Topps value is $1.2 million, bought in Summer Platinum Night Sports Auction held on August 28, 2022.

Another auction for the GEM - MT 10 Gretzky Topps card took place in Fall Sports Collectibles Catalog Auction - Dallas on December 13, 2022, where the card was bought for $720k.

The value of these perfect-quality Gretzky cards will keep on increasing with each passing day and might even reach $5 million in the future.

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