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Lot # 1496 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1979-1980 O-Pee-Chee and Topps Hockey Complete Sets (2 sets, 660 cards)

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $2,252

Presented are two crisp and clean complete sets of 1979-1980 O-Pee-Chee and Topps hockey cards, highlighted by the rookie card of Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky. Both sets are literally pack-fresh, assembled by our consignor in the year of issue with an emphasis on overall eye-appeal. The cards display bold colors, sharp corners, and flawless blue borders. Less-than-perfect centering and print spots, both of which are extremely common to these issues, are the only technical faults visible throughout the sets. We submitted both Gretzky rookie cards to PSA on behalf of our consignor. The O-Pee-Chee version received a NM-MT 8 grade while the Topps version was rejected for evidence of trimming. We do not believe the card is trimmed based on both our examination of the card and the fact that our consignor - the original owner - assembled both sets in the year of issue and kept them in his sole possession for more than thirty years. 1) 1979-1980 O-Pee-Chee Complete Set (396): 86% Nr/Mt to Nr/Mt-Mt, 14% in lesser grades. Keys: #18 Gretzky RC (PSA NM-MT 8), 175 G. Howe (Nr/Mt+). 2) 1979-1980 Topps Complete Set (264): 94% Nr/Mt to Nr/Mt-Mt, 6% lesser grades. Keys: #18 Gretzky RC (rejected by PSA for evidence of trimming; we grade this card Nr/Mt and do not believe it to be trimmed), 175 G. Howe (Nr/Mt). The SMR value for just the O-Pee-Chee Gretzky is $1,100 in NM-MT 8. There are many other high-quality cards in these two sets which would make ideal candidates for grading. Exceptional complete sets of two popular hockey-card issues, highlighted by strong examples of the key Wayne Gretzky rookie cards. Total: 2 sets, 660 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500++. SOLD FOR $2,252

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