GRETZKY CARDS: Big Variety in the Market
Wayne Gretzky. The Great One. The best hockey player in history and possible the best all-around sportsman of all time. Gretzky has a huge fan base that remains loyal to him even after his retirement and Wayne Gretzky cards and collectibles stay in high demand. Because of his stellar career, Gretzky has had more individual cards than any other player and there are over 5,000 in print. The value of any trading card depends on the rarity, collector demand, and the condition they are in. Depending on these factors, the value of Wayne Gretzky cards can range from $1 to several thousands of dollars.
An avid collector can find cards from Gretzky’s time with the St. Louis Blues, the New York Rangers, the Los Angeles Kings, and the Edmonton Oilers. Although no later Gretzky cards are likely to ever reach the value of the Topps and OPC rookie cards, there are several that are good investments and are likely to increase in value over coming years. If you are interested in buying Wayne Gretzky cards as an investment, look for those that were in short run and seem to be hard to find on the market. The rarer a card is, the higher the potential for increase in value.
Since there are many counterfeit Gretzky rookie cards on the market, you should also beware of the telltale signs of a fake. These signs include a pixilated or poor quality photo and clean-cut edges.
There are Wayne Gretzky cards to fit every interest and some sure to stun even the most experienced collector. Aside from regular trading cards featuring photos and stats, there are modern era cards with holographic features and jersey swatches. To add to the interest, there are some cards that even include authenticated swatches of Gretzky game jerseys or combo cards with jersey swatches from Gretzky and other hockey greats side-by-side.
Older cards of Gretzky can be found with names like Pinnacle, Pacific Trading Cards, Be A Player, Donruss, In The Game, Fleer, and Pro-Set. If you are buying Wayne Gretzky cards as an investment, or if you are spending a significant amount for a rare card, make sure it has been properly authenticated by a reputable grading company like Beckett Grading or PSA.
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