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

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

1979-80 O-Pee-Chee Hockey Wayne Gretzky RC

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 Topps Wayne Gretzky RC #18

1979-80 Topps Wayne Gretzky RC

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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

Wayne Gretzky McFarlanes    Wayne Gretzky Bobblehead 2  Wayne Gretzky Bobblehead

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

Wayne Gretzky Framed Collage  Wayne Gretzky Photo  Wayne Gretzky Poster  Wayne Gretzky Poster 2

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More Info

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Rob Bertrand

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Rob is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff and co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio.He is an avid collector with over 20 years of active experience in the hobby.

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?

  11. I have a White Titan stick, from Wayne’s rookie season, signed, and the silver nike sneakers w the red swoosh, that were made for an ad Wayne did for Nike, during his first year with the oilers.

    I have a parkhurst #99 card kings Wayne Gretzky 99 that I got signed by him a long time ago it’s has been in the case sence 95 or 96 was wondering I’m not going to sell it now or ever maybe but how much would you guys think it worth

  13. eric If you’re going to get more than a few dollars for it, you’d need to get it authenticated first by a company like PSA or JSA. Although you know it’s real because you were there, there have been so many fakes over the years that buyers need to be very careful. Without authentication you won’t get very much unfortunately.

  14. Thank you I will do that i will also get my north stars 89 and 90 full set with all of the signatures to I have no idea about this stuff so thanks a bunch

  15. my friend has a JOFA a Gretzky card signed by Wayne before he was assigned the # 99. The picture is without the 99 but Wayne signed it with a 99. This was at the very beginning of the Oiler’s. Both of us went to school with Wayne at W.H.C.I.

    I cannot find one like it – anyone know what it may be worth? contact me.

  16. I have two Wayne Gretzky limited edition 2000 pt. autographed and numbered cards 687 & 903 out of 2000 in mint condition with certificates of authenticity from a company called “The Score Board inc.” signed by the company president, Paul Goldin. They are in plexiglass covers and have stands that hold them and engraved plaques on the stand reading WAYNE GRETZKY NHL’S first 2000 pt. scorer. LIMITED EDITION of 2000. They are in mint condition and have never been out of their stand as I am the original owner. My question is what are they worth. If you don’t know who would.

  17. I have an old (20+ years) Wayne Gretzky twin mattress. Is that worth anything or should I send it to the dump? It has 4 pictures of him in number 99 uniform.

  18. i have a button from the 80’s with a caricature of # 99 taking a leak on the Flames crest when they were in the play-offs. Anyone out there seen one before?

  19. I have two Wayne Gretzky Rookie cards – borders are not great but okay. I also have a Wayne Gretzky 2000 Point Card autographed and a Lemiuex/Gretzky/Hull 50/50 Club card autographed. Looking for values and to possibly sell.

  20. Don’t know if this card is worth much but 94-95 Wayne Gretzky fleer ultra with 4 pictures in his #99 jersey.

  21. I have a Wayne Gretzky Limited addition The Great one 802 NHL All -Time Leading scorer March 23,1994 it is a bronze card from environmint 1914 NHL I am looking for a price on it . Please help

  22. I have a Topps Wayne Gretzky rookie graded 4.5 what is the estimated worth? Thanks

    COLLECTOR EDITION 18 of 1399 the one card is signed by the man himself is it worth antyhing

  24. Hello I have Wayne Gretzky Rookie card Pro set 1983 card how much is it worth thank you Danny

  25. Have a Wayne Gretzky 1977-78 upper deck card when he played with the Sault Ste.Marie Greyhounds still in original condition . Any value?

  26. I have a Gretzky card from 1968 when he was 6 practicing in his backyard rink. Any value to it?

  27. I have a wayne gretzky rookie card. Wondering how much it’s worth

  28. have a wayne gretzky rookie card. Wondering how much it’s worth

  29. I have some great cards from post are they worth anything

  30. I just received a 2013-2014 o pee chee auto insert card of wayne gretzsky 22-0f 60 and cant seem to find any value on this. can you please help me. the only cards i found was ovi and vanbezbrook

  31. I have a Gretzky poster… The 1989 measure up which is, I’m sure you know, life size Kings. I was wanting to know its approx. value but I can not seem to find it online any where. Any help? Thanks

  32. I have a signed rookie card of Wayne Gretzky that I will never sell but what’s it worth? I’ve seen the same card go for over $450,000 without a signature at an auction.

  33. Hi…I purchased a nice OPC gretzky rc and am wondering if it’s been trimmed.
    Do you happen to know the measurements of the cards for that year?

  34. I have a Gretzky rookie card (that I think is Topps, but am not sure.) It is in impeccable condition and has been in a screwed-tight plastic case as long as I’ve owned it. How do you suggest I get an estimated value — and then sell it?

    Thank you!

  35. I have a Wayne Gretzky 1992 O-Pee-Chee Rookie card. Anniversary Series in excellent condition. Can you help me with appraisal and possibly selling it. Thank you

  36. 1980-81 oiler team set distributed one day at zeller’s stores. Cards 5×7 includes Wayne gretzky..blank back…any idea of the value.I have never seen any for sale.

  37. I’m looking to buy a wayne gretzky rookie card if anyone has one to sell.

    It would be super cool to have one as part of my collection!

  38. I have a complete set of the 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee NHL cards (all teams) including the edmonton oilers and the Gretzky Rookie card. Cards Vary in condition.

    Would it be better to try and sell it as a complete set or part it out. Get the Gretzky card condition rated….

    not sure what to do with them…


  39. I have a Gretzky signed hockey stick that was a prize from a Mr Big chocolate bar contest. I can’t find any info online. (I also have 2 rookie cards. Not mint but good condition).

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