By Wyatt Earp | May 3, 2011
Wayne Gretzky is my favorite hockey player of all time. I have a replica of his Rangers and Oilers jerseys, an autographed stick – thanks to Mrs. Crankipants – and several other pieces of memorabilia. My college lacrosse jersey was #99, as is my current ice hockey jersey. Simply put, he’s my sports idol.
When the missus and I were dating, we saw a sports card show at the local mall. While browsing the kiosks, I saw a Gretzky rookie card. It was 1993, and the price tag on it was $700. The future missus – in an obvious moment of delirium – said she would buy me the card for Christmas. I knew then that I had to marry this girl, but I couldn’t let her spend that much on me. Thinking back, maybe I should have.
Sports cards have turned into big business over the past 25 years and as time has gone on, certain ones have garnered interest beyond the rest, such as the famous Honus Wagner T-206 that has enamored collectors for years and saw one sold for $2.35 million in 2007.
California-based SCP Auctions listed a 1979-80 Wayne Gretzky O-Pee-Chee rookie card in their latest auction and the hockey treasure sold for a final bidding price of $94,163, a record for a modern hockey card passing the $80,000 bid for the same exact card in 2006.
$94,163. If you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna go smack the wife around.