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Wayne Gretzky card sold for record price

Great One's 1979 O-Pee-Chee reportedly auctioned for $465,000

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

Wayne Gretzky holds dozens of NHL records, including winning the Hart Trophy as League MVP nine times, so it stands to reason that one of his hockey cards would be the most valuable ever too.

Gretzky's 1979 O-Pee-Chee rookie card was sold Thursday to an anonymous buyer for $465,000, a record for a hockey card, at an auction at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Atlantic City, N.J., according to The Associated Press.

Tweet from @darrenrovell: This Wayne Gretzky rookie card just sold for $465,000, a record for any hockey card ever sold pic.twitter.com/voRY7HGUYm

The same card in mint condition, with Gretzky pictured in an Edmonton Oilers uniform, sold for more than $94,000 at auction in 2011, according to the AP.

Goldin Auctions, which administered the Atlantic City auction, said of the Gretzky card: "The mesmerizing attributes of the most valuable hockey card on the planet are properly realized, at last, in this beyond-spectacular collectible. Here is an item that transcends its sport, in the sense that it stands as arguably the most valuable trading card of any kind."

Gretzky holds 61 NHL records, including single-season and career marks for most goals (92, 894), assists (163, 1,963) and points (215, 2,857). His No. 99, which he wore during his 20-season NHL career with the Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues and New York Rangers, is the only number retired by the League.

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