1979-80 O-Pee-Chee Hockey Box, aka the Wayne Gretzky RC Year, Sells for Almost $40,000

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Ever dreamed of pulling a 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky Rookie Card? The packs are out there, but they are, understandably, not cheap. A full 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee Hockey box sold  on November 7 through Classic Auctions for almost $40,000.

1979-80 O-Pee-Chee Hockey Box Classic Auctions Nov-2018

Photo: Classic Auctions

The paddle price was $32,818. Once the 19.5 percent buyer’s premium is factored in, the final total was $39,217. Although Classic Auctions is Canadian, prices are in US funds.

The 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee Hockey box has a total of 48 packs, each with 14 cards. The box was inspected by Baseball Card Exchange to determine there was no tampering and all of the packs were unopened.

With a 396-card checklist and 672 total cards in the box, the chances of multiple Wayne Gretzky Rookie Cards is strong. And coming from fresh packs means as good a shot at any for top-condition cards. That said, the set is notorious for being condition sensitive. The blue borders, rough edges and centering all come into play.

Of course, there’s a strong chance this box will stay as is and whatever Gretzky Rookies may or may not be there will stay tucked in their wax beds even longer.

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Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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