10 Must-Have Wayne Gretzky Cards

10 Must-Have Wayne Gretzky Cards

He's called the Great One for a reason. If you were ever lucky enough to see Wayne Gretzky play in person, you witnessed the greatest player to ever lace up a pair of skates. His skills were so amazing that even the best defensive players looked ordinary as he blew past them on a breakaway. Once he got past the defense, goalies had two chances to stop him: slim and none. Except for the occasional exhibition, not since April, 1999 has anyone seen the Great One make those amazing moves. However, his impact on the game and the hobby is everlasting. More than a decade after his retirement, Wayne Gretzky cards are still some of the hottest in the hobby.

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To date, over 6,000 Wayne Gretzky cards have been made and and it is almost impossible to select 10 definitive "must-haves." I am going to give it a shot. Most are out of the average collector's price range, but a few are very reasonable.

Great Ones: Top 10 Wayne Gretzky Cards

1979-80 O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky RC #18

Most every hockey collector recognizes the iconic 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee card as Gretzky's rookie card. We all want one, graded or ungraded. The blue border makes the card stand out and very attractive. However, the borders are tough to find in mint condition. That will not stop me from looking. The blue skate design on the back, with all of the stats inside, also make this set even more enjoyable.

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1979-80 Topps Wayne Gretzky RC #18

An almost identical twin of the O-Pee-Chee card, the 1979-80 Topps Wayne Gretzky rookie has a few subtle differences. All stats on the back of this card are in English. This is also a less expensive version. But a Wayne Gretzky rookie is a Wayne Gretzky rookie, so it's still extremely valued and desired.

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1980-81 Topps Wayne Gretzky #250

In 1980-81 Topps Hockey, the entire set had a black coating covering the player's name. I knew most of the players, but being a teenager, I had no patience. I immediately scratched them. I was collecting the cards because I liked them and didn't worry about the value. But, now I search for this card in its unscratched form. 1980-81 O-Pee Chee Hockey cards do not have the same coating.

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1994-95 Upper Deck Be a Player Autographs Wayne Gretzky #108

How can a collector go wrong with any Wayne Gretzky autograph card? The 1994-95 Upper Deck Be a Player Wayne Gretzky autograph is the Great One's first certified signature card. Any Gretzky autograph is great but, to have the first one is something special. I have Wayne Gretzky autographs in my collection but this is one I would still love to add.

1994 95 Upper Deck Be a Player Wayne Gretzky Autograph 212x300 Image

1997-98 Upper Deck Game Jersey Wayne Gretzky #GJ8

Collectors today have grown somewhat weary of jersey swatches glued between two pieces of cardboard. But, back in 1997 it was something special. It was hard to pull a  jersey card. The odds of getting one were slim. The 1997-98 Upper Deck Game Jersey was the first to feature a piece of the Great One's jersey. How special is that?

1998-99 Upper Deck Gold Reserve Game Used Stick Wayne Gretzky #WG #/200

Early in Gretzky's career, who would have thought that his stick would one day be cut up and embedded into a hockey card? Well, it did happen. 1998-99 Upper Deck Gold Reserve was the first set to have a Wayne Gretzky game-used stick card. There have been many since, but this one holds a special place in my heart. Was the stick used in the playoffs? Was it used in the Stanley Cup finals? Was it used against the North Stars? We will never know. But, I choose to imagine it was used on an amazing breakaway where he beat the goalie high glove side.

1998 99 Upper Deck Gold Reserve Stick Wayne Gretzky 260x185 Image

2002-03 SP Authentic Sign of The Times Dual Autograph Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howe #/99

Although this list is all about Wayne Gretzky cards, no list can be complete without a couple of inclusions featuring his greatest peers and rivals. This 2002-03 SP Authentic Sign of the Times card has both Wayne Gretzky and and Gordie Howe. Howe is the one player people could argue might have actually been better than the Great One. This is an argument that could go on forever but this card includes autographs from both of them. No matter which way you lean, you get signatures from the game's two best players. It also helps that the card design is beautiful and the autographs themselves are amazing.

2002 03 SP Authentic Hockey Sign of the Times Dual Autograph Wayne Gretzky Gordie Howe 260x186 Image

2008-09 SP Game Used Dual Inked Sweaters Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux #/25

Mario Lemieux could have challenged many of Gretzky's records. However, cancer and injuries shortened his playing career. This card is amazing. It has both jersey swatches and autographs of two players that will forever be remembered as some of the game's greatest. Numbered to 25, the card is rare. It's also pricey when it does show up.

2008-09 Upper Deck Masterpieces Wayne Gretzky #38

Wayne Gretzky is known for two things: being the greatest hockey player ever and winning Stanley Cups. This is a very affordable card that captures them both. It's also one of the most beautiful Wayne Gretzky cards ever made. The artist nails his enthusiasm and joy as Gretzky hoists the Cup over his head.

The card has five parallels to chase, but, just having the regular one in my collection is fine with me. The five parallels are: Brown, Green #/99, Blue Border #/50, Red #/25, and Black 1/1. Gretzky also appears on three additional 2008-09 Upper Deck Masterpieces base cards, but none are quite as iconic as this one.

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2010-11 SP Authentic Sign of  The Times Triples Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe and Bobby Orr #/25

With autographs of the two greatest offensive players and the greatest defenseman  of all-time, how can a collector go wrong? Only 25 exist but it's rare a collector can have on-card signatures from three of the best to ever play the game.

While there are literally thousands of other Wayne Gretzky cards to chase, those are my ten favorites. What do you think? What cards would you include on your list of the Great One's greatest?

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Wayne Gretzky 2001 Pros & Prospects Championship Rings Card
$5.00
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Wayne Gretzky 2012-13 Sp Authentic Base Card
$5.00
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Wayne Gretzky 2007 Sp Authentic Base Card
$5.00
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Wayne Gretzky Upper Deck Trilogy Base Card 2003
$5.00
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2008-09 SP Authentic #159 Wayne Gretzky N #290 999
$10.99
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1995-96 Swedish Globe VM 95 - Wayne Gretzky - 4 cards (#99, #265, #266, #267)
$9.99
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2013-14 Upper Deck Hockey Heroes #HH52 Mike Bossy Wayne Gretzky ART - NM-MT
$15.18
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1986-87 O-Pee-Chee #3 Wayne Gretzky Edmonton NRMT+
$17.99
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2013-14 UD Artifacts Wayne Gretzky Team Canada 62 99 Emerald
$12.99
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1988 O-PEE-CHEE #120 WAYNE GRETZKY OILERS HOF PSA 8 H1635463-883
$8.99
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1990 SCORE #338 WAYNE GRETZKY KINGS HOF PSA 10 H1635317-402
$6.99
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1990 SCORE #347 WAYNE GRETZKY KINGS HOF PSA 10 H1635318-401
$6.99
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1990 SCORE #352 WAYNE GRETZKY KINGS HOF PSA 10 H1635319-657
$8.99
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1990 SCORE #353 WAYNE GRETZKY KINGS HOF PSA 10 H1635320-404
$8.99
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1994 ULTRA AWARD WINNERS #5 WAYNE GRETZKY KINGS HOF PSA 10 H1635325-610
$8.99
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2001 UPPER DECK LEGENDS #100 WAYNE GRETZKY HOF POP 5 PSA 10 H1635332-215
$8.99
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Lou started collecting in 1973 at the age of seven. As a teen Lou sorted vending boxes into sets for a local dealer to earn money to keep his collecting habit at full strength. Lou works in the construction field, that takes him all over the tri-state area (NJ,PA,DE) and that allows him to find all the local card shops on his lunch breaks. He searches for those hard to find Mike Schmidt cards and looks to find every Eric Lindros card he doesn't have. He also has had the ear of the collectors while working in two different card shops in his spare time.

User Comments

  1. Hi Lou,
    I have a wayne Gretzky commemorative hockey cards collection. It is in a binder made for his personal fare well party – there were only 2000 made – comes with 15 cards and explaines his records – how would I value something like this.
    I also have another hockey binder 1999/2000 – rookie of the year cards – stars of today and a hand full of Gretzky cards inside – how would I value this – it is also limited 2000 made aswell. Let me know your thoughts. Thanks
    Michael

  2. Hey Lou I have the 1980 gretzky card unscratched in mint condition. What’s it worth?

  3. Hi Lou. I have a Wayne Gretzky 1994 Topps Points Leader card #150 that I can’t find any info on. I don’t expect it to be worth much but I’m looking into a lot of cards and was just curious on its value. It’s not graded but assuming it’s in excellent condition by the looks. Thanks for any info you might have.

  4. i HAVE A WAYNE Gretzky hockey card and would like to know how much it worth it is his record breaker one he got 50 gold. IT is from 1979-80 from 0-pee-chee and this is the number 3 card.

  5. i HAVE A WAYNE Gretzky hockey card and would like to know how much it worth.
    it`s in a 9 card sheet cut out of a full sheet #250 second year this is in the best condition possible ,its uncut pristine

  6. wayne was great, but put him beside any player like bure or yagr he would not come out ahead
    i don`t even think his trophies would care lol

  7. hey i have the card your looking 4
    its in a sheet most awe some prestine condition
    I`ll put it on ebay today comicmantom
    if your interested let me know

  8. i have the card you were looking for.
    1980 #250 in a sheet uncut un scratched
    its in a 9 card sheet i can send a pick, it was a full sheet at some point back in 1980 someone cut out the Gretzky and all cards around it nice the cards all have a slight mark from being rolled up position but hey who the hell cares its an uncut Gretzky
    99.99 perfect lol very rare
    probably worth 20,000 how much you willing to pay

  9. I have gretzky rookie card that I personal gave to wyane and he signed it , then handed back to me. I was 10 years old ish. ont. gretzky centre ! Soft ball game fun raiser! At that time I
    Had no idea it was his rookie card! He looked at the card, then look at me, the card and then me again. Then he sign what turned out to be my 78/79 wyane gretzky opc. Rk !! I still have it! Does anyone know what someone might pay for that???

  10. sorry… for miss informing i looked at the
    1980.81 Gretzky card i have and it is an
    o-pee chee ….dam
    boy oh boy am i not a happy camper i still have a uncut card though in a nine card sheet

  11. Hi, i miss here this card.. We pulled in the Czech Republic (Europe) 2000/01 UD Reserve Buyback Autograph 1/1 Wayne Gretzky, card comes with COA. REAL one of the kind.
    Anyone interested, a real Gretz collector? Now need to sell it :-(

  12. HI WAS WONDERING IF YOU COULD TELL ME VALUE OF 2012-2013 SP AUTHENTIC GAME GEAR 4 PATCH SIDNEY CROSBY GG-SC CARD 1/3 I HAVE NUMBER 1 THX

  13. Hello, could I email you a photo of my 4 Gretzky cards to get an idea of value? Thanks Jason

  14. I have a Wayne Gretzky 81-82 nhl game winning goal leader card #242 1982 opeechee . Worth anything?

  15. Hi. I have an old autographed picture of Wayne Gretzky back in 1980-81. It’s not a hockey card, but it’s pretty old. Just wondering how much it would be worth. Thanks.

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