This is a NM 1979-80 OPC #18 Wayne Gretzky Rookie Card.
- • BVG Grade 7
- • Edmonton Oilers HOF
This same Wayne Gretzky rookie card in mint condition (10) was put up for auction in December 2020, and set the record for the most-expensive hockey card in the world. The card, a gem mint condition 1979 O-Pee-Chee Gretzky rookie card, sold online for $1.29-million.
Wayne Gretzky played 20 seasons in the NHL for four teams from 1979 to 1999. Nicknamed "The Great One", he has been called "the greatest hockey player ever" by many sportswriters, players, and the league itself. Gretzky is the leading scorer in NHL history, with more goals and assists than any other player. He is the only NHL player to total over 200 points in one season – a feat he accomplished four times. In addition, Gretzky tallied over 100 points in 16 professional seasons, 14 of them consecutive. At the time of his retirement in 1999 and persisting through 2017, he holds 61 NHL records: 40 regular season records, 15 playoff records, and six All-Star records.
After his retirement in 1999, Gretzky was immediately inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, making him the most recent player to have the waiting period waived. The NHL retired his jersey number 99 league-wide, making him the only player to receive such an honour.