A 1979 O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky rookie card has sold for $3.75 million in a private sale brokered through Heritage Auctions.
The card was graded a Gem Mint 10 and blew past the previous record for a hockey card, which was set this past December when the same version of the Gretzky card sold for $1.29 million, also with Heritage Auctions. The card that sold in December had previously sold for $465,000 in 2016 and $94,000 in 2011.
Those two cards are the only O-Pee-Chee versions of this rookie card graded as Gem Mint 10s in PSA’s population report, with 89 graded as a 9. There are also two Topps versions of this card graded as a 9, and the most recent Gretzky Topps rookie card sold for $720,000 in December.