Wayne Gretzky Rookie Cards Checklist, Hockey Card and Memorabilia Guide

Wayne Gretzky Rookie Cards Checklist, Hockey Card and Memorabilia Guide


Wayne Gretzky's accomplishments and statistics, speak for themselves. He holds 40 regular-season records, 15 playoff records, and six All-Star records. He is the only NHL player to total over 200 points in one season, a feat he accomplished four times.  He also scored over 100 points in 16 professional seasons, 14 of them consecutively.  In his career, Gretzky earned nine Hart Trophies as the league's most valuable player, ten Art Ross Trophies for leading scorer in a season, five Lady Byng Trophies for sportsmanship and performance, five Lester B. Pearson Awards, and two Conn Smythe Trophies as playoff MVP. He led the Edmonton Oilers during a dynasty that saw them capture four Stanley Cups in five years. Gretzky's jersey number, 99, has been retired by all teams in the NHL.  Upon his retirement in 1999, the Hockey Hall of Fame and the NHL waived the customary waiting period for enshrinement and Gretzky was voted in unanimously. It goes without saying that Wayne Gretzky cards and memorabilia are among the most coveted not just in hockey circles, but the entire hobby.

Collectors have just two Wayne Gretzky rookie cards to chase. Both the 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee and 1979-80 Topps cards are virtually identical.

Because he is such a celebrated athlete, Gretzky also has a couple of other pieces of early ephemera that are highly sought after. His over-sized 1977-78 Sportscasters card is part of a massive multi-sport series that covered sports from all over the world. Tough to find in good condition because they were often pinned to walls, Gretzky's 1979-80 Oilers Postcard features an in-action "Great One" with a black and white photo.

Signed and game-used Wayne Gretzky memorabilia commands a premium on the secondary market. Gretzky has been a long time exclusive athlete of the Upper Deck Company. UDA pieces are definitely the safest way to go for recent signed pieces. His game-worn jerseys (that aren't in either the Hockey Hall of Fame or his personal collection) seem to set new records at auction every time they change hands. Signed sticks, pucks, jerseys, photos and more are available through multiple retail channels.

Wayne Gretzky Rookie Cards

Population reports current as of 10/13.

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

1979 80 O Pee Chee Hockey Wayne Gretzky Image

One of the most iconic hockey cards ever produced, Gretzky's most important rookie card is his 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee Hockey. The easily damaged blue borders and notoriously low tech cutting methods used by the company make this an extremely condition-sensitive card. Versions that are legitimately high-grade grab premiums. Over the years, this card has been counterfeited, which might make cards graded by major grading companies an option to consider for added piece of mind.

1979-80 O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky RC BGS Population Report:
# Submitted: 2,056
Pristine 10: 0
Gem Mint 9.5: 8
Mint 9: 48

1979-80 O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky RC PSA Population Report:
# Submitted: 2,930
Gem Mint 10: 1
Mint 9: 53

1979-80 Topps Wayne Gretzky RC #18

1979 80 Topps Wayne Gretzky Image

The 1979-80 Topps Hockey Gretzky rookie features the exact same design and number as its OPC cousin. The biggest difference can be found on card backs where the text is just in English on the Topps card and both English and French on the OPC version. As is usually the case when there are both Topps and O-Pee-Chee versions of a hockey card, the Topps card is valued the lesser of the two. However, when you're looking at a hockey card of this stature, Gretzky's Topps rookie is still very much in demand.

1979-80 Topps Wayne Gretzky BGS Population Report:
# Submitted: 2,264
Pristine 10: 0
Gem Mint 9.5: 4
Mint 9: 14

1979-80 Topps Wayne Gretzky PSA Population Report:
# Submitted: 4,324
Gem Mint 10: 1
Mint 9: 122

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Wayne Gretzky McFarlane-Legends Series 1-Edmonton Oilers
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1997-98 Upper Deck Ice Lethal Lines #L1B Wayne Gretzky - NM-MT
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1990-91 Score Hockey Prototype PROMO # 1b Wayne Gretzky
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2008-09 Upper Deck MVP Magnificent Sevens #M7WG Wayne Gretzky - NM-MT
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2011 12 UD BD Wayne Gretzky Championship Ring Graded 9.5 NGM!!!
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1999-00 UD Wayne Gretzky Hockey "Great Memorabilia" Game Used Puck Wayne Gretzky
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1983-84 OPC #23 Mark Messier Wayne Gretzky Oilers + 23 Other Gretzky Cards
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Oilers 1980 Topps Wayne Gretzky All Star #87 hockey card (lot 102)
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97 98 Zenith 5X7 UnCut Silver impulse Jeremy Roenick
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97 98 Zenith Silver Impulse Uncut Pavel Bure
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Signed Memorabilia

Wayne Gretzky Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find examples of what an authentic Wayne Gretzky autograph looks like. This can be used as a first point of reference for determining the legitimacy of autograph memorabilia, but is not a substitute for having your items authenticated by a well-respected professional autograph authentication company. Wayne Gretzky has an exclusive contract with Upper Deck and Upper Deck Authentic for his signature. However, some of the other trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market that may have authenticated items signed in-person, include: PSA, JSA, Tristar, Steiner and Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Cut Signature Exemplar

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Wayne Gretzky Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Wayne Gretzky signature will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of  the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:

  1.  The over-sized letter "W" is well pronounced
  2. The pen comes off the paper for the remaining letters of his first name
  3. The letters "a" and "y" form a hybrid
  4. The letter "n" is non-existant
  5. The letter 'e" usually shows as a closed loop
  6. The letter "G" is about the same height as the letter "W" and is well pronounced
  7. The remaining lettres display quite the flourish, particularly the "z-k-y"
  8. The letter 'z" crosses the letter "t", goes directly into the letter "k" and finishes the letter "y"
  9. His jersey number #99 is often present and usually underlined

Signed Puck Pricing:

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Signed Jersey Pricing:

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Signed Stick Pricing:

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Signed 8x10 Pricing:

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Wayne Gretzky JSA Signed Los Angeles Kings CCM Hockey Jersey Hall of Fame Auto
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Wayne Gretzky Autograph Signed Jersey Edmonton Oilers PSA DNA
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Wayne Gretzky UDA Upper Deck Authenticated Signed Autographed 8x10 Photo
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Wayne Gretzky Signed Oilers Stanley Cup Autographed 11x14 Photo PSA DNA #Q01611
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Wayne Gretzky Signed 8x10 Photo Framed Display The Great One PSA COA T69394
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Wayne Gretzky Signed Magazine Photo Framed Display The Great One PSA COA T69294
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JSA + UDA Authentic Signed Wayne Gretzky Auto Los Angeles Kings Hockey Puck
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Steiner Wayne Gretzky Signed Team Canada Homeland 36x18 Photo Collage (UDA Auth)
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Wayne Gretzky Signed Triple Threat 36x15 Photo Collage (LE of 199) (UDA Auth)
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Wayne Gretzky signed autographed Signed 16 x 20 Framed JSA Cert
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Collecting Guides

Learn more about Wayne Gretzky cards and collectibles with these in-depth guides:

Fan Shop

Wayne Gretzky Fan Shop Apparel and Souvenir Guide

Wayne Gretzky has been the face off hockey nearly since his arrival in the NHL in 1979. With multiple Stanley Cup Championships on multiple teams and single handedly re-writing the record book, Gretzky has no shortage of fans. Having played in a number of teams has endeared him to fan bases in Edmonton, Los Angeles, New York and St. Louis. With heavy involvement in Team Canada, he is literally a National hero. As such, Gretzky has no shortage of jerseys, framed piece, figures and other fan items.

Jerseys and Apparel

Manufacturers: Reebok, CCM, Nike, Mitchell & Ness

Reebok is currently the officially licensed provider for NHL jerseys. Their top of the line EDGE Authentic jersey is just like what the pros wear which includes an authentic fight strap sewn into the jersey. It's made of  a water repellant,250-gram double-knit polyester spandex fabric. Each jersey features sewn twill numbers, names, patches and team logos. They also include the NHL shield sewn on the bottom of the front collar, and the Reebok name embroidered on the back of the neck.

The Reebok Premier jersey is made of a tight weave mesh fabric and features tackle twill letters, numbers, logos and patches. The Reebok logo is embroidered and the collar is a soft rib-knit. Both jerseys are available in home, road and third jersey alternate varieties, the Premier jersey is a detailed replica of the the ones the pros wear.

Additionally, Mitchell & Ness and Reebok each have a line of retro, Throwback jerseys that commemorate Gretzky's Stanley Cup winning days in Edmonton and Los Angeles. Reebok's Center Ice Collection has jerseys for many of the teams Gretzky played for. You can also find authentic vintage jerseys made during his playing days that were manufactured by CCM.

Shop for Wayne Gretzky Jerseys

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Bobbleheads and Figures

When your nickname is "The Great One", you can be sure that many a company will be wanting to homage in the form of figures and bobbleheads. Several companies have produced figures and bobbleheads of Gretzky through the years, with some of the more common manufactures listed below.

Manufacturers: (Figures) - Upper Deck, McFarlane, Starting Line-up, Mattel (Bobbleheads) - Forever Collectibles, Fanatics, SGA

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Photographs, Posters and Prints

Wayne Gretzky re-wrote the NHL record book and along the way, photographers were there to document every goal and championship. As such, Gretzky has a wide array of wall decor and images available to dress up any man-cave, office or child's room. You can find photos of all sizes, posters, framed and matted pieces and more, you'll be sure to find a bragging rights piece for the Gretzky fan in your life. Some of the more notable rights holders are listed below.

Rights Holders: PhotoFile, Photomint, Frameworth, Highland Mint, Upper Deck, Fanatics

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Wayne Gretzky #99 New York Rangers Liberty Starter White Jersey Mens XL
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Wayne Gretzky Unsigned 10X30 Poster Plaque Thanks for the Memories Jersey Retro
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NHL 1998 All Star Wayne Gretzky Vancouver Canucks Replica Jersey SZ52
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Vtg 90's Wayne Gretzky CCM All Star Game Jersey Authentic NWT 1992 Kings Rangers
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Vintage L.A.Kings #99 Wayne Gretzky CCM Jersey
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Los Angeles Kings Gretzky Home Jersey Medium
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Gretzky 1996 World Cup of Hockey White Canada Bauer Jersey Mens 54 New
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Wayne Gretzky Authentic CCM Oilers jersey brand new READ DESCRIPTION!!!
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User Comments

  1. Hi Rob,

    Have 12 signed hockey card from the 1990′s.
    Would like to know where to start to know their values ?

    I also have a Signed O-P-Chee All Star W-Gretzky card.

    Also, I have over 300 cards from these years.
    Where do I start?
    Thank you in advance.


  2. iam tring to find the wayne gretzky hockey game,lost that game in a fire,my bros and i loved that game, cant find one anywhere,would love to purchase one if there out there. please email me if there is a place or persons willing to sell one. thank you

  3. Hi Rob.

    Have a com;lete 1979-80 Opee-Chee Wayne Gretzky set
    Would like to know how or where
    I can sell it? Thank you.


  4. howard germaine » If you have a local shop, you may want to start there. You could also sell it on eBay. If the Gretzky is in really nice shape, you may want to consider having it professionally graded by PSA or BGS first.

  5. I have a Gretzky Hockey game, an OPC Gretzky rookie card[Rated Very Good, I think, when I bought it], a Topps Luc Robitaille and a Pinnacle Alexei Zhitnik rookie cards, and an Edmonton Oilers Gretzky autographed puck, and Gretzky silver coin. Other memorabilia include 3 Gretzky VCRs, posters, and 5 complete sets of cards[Topps & Upper Deck] from 1989-1993, several special card sets, Gretzky autobiography and biography, etc. All are for sale. 970-596-1279. Thank you!

  6. I have a Hespeler minor hockey (mvp) trophy with wayne’s name on it. I am from Hespeler and got it before the old arena was taken down, so I know it is real. It is the one wayne is holding, wearing the hespeler shirt in the hockey hall of fame.
    Any idea what it is worth?
    Also my father was the convenor of the arena at the time and was friends with Walter. So I am sure I could get it signed.

  7. ken ballentine » This is definitely one to take to an auction house to be appraised. Because of its unique status, getting a realistic gauge might be a little tough but a major auction house would be the place to go.

  8. Hi!
    I have a authenticated, framed Scoreing record postcard with Wayne Gretzkys autogragh mailed from buffalo in 1982 with a rare colored silk picture of him says its #94 of 100, can anyone tell me more about this? and what its worth?

  9. i have an original gretzky “wallskin” still in the original tube package. it measures 6 foot by 6 foot and was made it 1983. i cant find a value for this item. Do you know what they are worth now ? thanks for your help

  10. I have a Gretzky Seneca Nationals card, stars on the side and name on the bottom. The back has 3 facts about him. I cannot find this card anywhere online, only the 1990s reprint that came in a set. Is this card worth anything?

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