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Wayne Gretzky Rookie Card Sells for Over a Million Dollars

Even off condition cards have value and Just Collect is BUYING!

  • December 24, 2020

The Great One is an Expensive One

1979 O-Pee-Chee #18 Wayne Gretzky PSA 10 Rookie CardWhen a high profile card in the hobby sells for a record price, the telephones ring much more often, the emails increase dramatically, and hundreds and hundreds of people think that they're paying off their college debt, putting a new car in the driveway, or even paying off their mortgage because they have one of "those" cards, too. 

Over One Million Dollars!

Recently, as reported by our good friend Rich Mueller at Sports Collectors Daily, a 1979 O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky rookie card that was graded PSA 10 and the Topps counterpart also graded PSA 10, sold at auction for more than $2,000,000.00! The OPC (issued to the Canadian market) example sold for $1,290,000.00 and the Topps card sold for $720,000.00.


Paying for Retirement?!?!

Are all of the Gretzky cards worth hundreds of thousands of dollars? The honest and truthful answer is, "No." But they are valuable and even in terrible condition, they're worth several hundred dollars and in average condition, they're worth thousands and in NM/MT or better condition, they can be worth tens of thousands!  As an example, this Gretzky card is in POOR condition (a 1 on a scale of 1-10) with several creases and worn corners, but it still worth more than $500 and we were fortunate enough to have been able to buy it.

1979 O-Pee-Chee #18 Wayne Gretzky Rookie Card


Just Collect is BUYING!

So, if you have any Gretzky rookie cards, Just Collect is buying Wayne Gretzky – in all conditions – and we're paying top dollar!  In fact, we're buying many other hockey cards and most other vintage sports cards!  Contact or email us today!

Schedule an Appointment to Meet Just Collect at a Show Near You

Just Collect travels to several shows on a regular basis. In the New York area, we often attend the White Plains Show at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, NY. If you're in the New England area, you can make an appointment to meet with one of our specialists when we're in the area for the Shriner's Show at the Aleppo Auditorium in Wilmington, MA. We also visit the Metro-DC area when we attend the CSA Show in Chantilly, VA. If you're in the South Jersey or Delaware area, you can also schedule appointments while we're in the Philadelphia area when we do The Philly Show in Valley Forge, PA.

We set up at The National Sports Collectors Convention every year and this year. Next year, 2020, The National will be at the Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, NJ. It has also been in Cleveland, Chicago and Baltimore in recent years. Additionally, we travel to the Sports Card and Memorabilia Expo in Mississauga, Ontario for those of you in the Toronto area that want to meet with us in Canada.

We would love to meet with you and schedule a private appointment to assess and value your collection while we are in your area, so please check out our show and travel schedule to see when Just Collect will be in your area!

Our Buying Philosophy

We've run into a wide range of people and collections over the past decade. Although we are known for buying vintage sports cards and especially vintage basketball cards, we are also extremely interested in buying non-sports cards, also!

Every collection and every collector is different and we treat EVERY collection with the respect and attention that we show for our own collections. We understand that many have put their heart and soul into building their collection. So when you're ready to sell, Just Collect understands the feelings that you're going through and we will work with you to help you reach a decision that is a WIN/WIN, because if you're not happy, we're not happy.

Won't They Be Worth More if I Grade Them Myself

We discuss all of the selling options with everyone that we meet with. In most cases, selling the collection on their own will put the most money on the bottom line, but it will also take an large commitment of time and energy and one that most are not ready or able to undertake. Another misconception is that grading the collection will return more money. When I hear people say, "You're just going to grade them and get ten times the money," I almost cringe. Grading a collection can be a money losing proposition, especially if you don't know what you're doing. And most times, we grade very few, if any cards, from average collections that we buy.

We value a collection based upon the condition and the value. If a card is worth $100 in a PSA 7 NM, we're going to value it at $100 whether it is ungraded or graded. You can spend hundreds or thousands of dollars grading your cards, but we're still valuing them the same and paying the same regardless of how much you've invested in grading them.

We Are Always Buying

Just Collect is always buying vintage sports and non-sports cards from 1879 to 1979 as well as select modern cards. If you have a collection that you are considering selling, contact us today to discuss your collection and get our industry leading purchase offer. If you have a collection that you want appraised, please contact us and we would be happy to discuss your collection and help you understand the real cash value of your collection in the current marketplace.

Don't hesitate to check out our Google Reviews left by many of the great people that have considered selling collections to Just Collect.

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