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Gretzky’s NHL Card Goes For Over $94K

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So, what have you been squirreling away in your attic, under your bed, or behind that ugly afghan your grandma Mae knitted for you in the back of the closet?  If it’s a pristine Wayne Gretzky NHL Card, you could be in the money!

According to Fox Sports, the Great One is still setting records.

Wayne Gretzky can take pride that his trading card set a record.

Wayne Gretzky’s NHL rookie card earned $94,163 at an online sports memorabilia auction Sunday. SCP Auctions says that’s the highest price ever paid for a hockey card.

While a Gretzky rookie card is easy enough to find on eBay, it is rare to find one free of small flaws or imperfections. The card sold Sunday was graded 10, or mint condition, by Professional Sports Authenticator.

SCP calls it ”arguably the most valuable modern trading card in existence.”

Above information from FoxSports.com.

Let’s say you finally find your collection of trading cards, be it baseball, football, hockey….how do you know how much it’s worth?  According to Wikipedia.com, there’s a lot of factors.

The value of a trading card depends on a combination of the card’s condition, the subject’s popularity and the scarcity of the card.

Condition Description
Pristine Perfect card. No imperfections or damage to the naked eye and upon close inspection.
Mint condition No printing imperfections or damage to the naked eye. Very minor printing imperfections or damage upon close inspection. Clean gloss with one or two scratches.
Near Mint/Mint No printing imperfections or damage to the naked eye, but slight printing imperfections or damage upon close inspection. Solid gloss with very minor scratches.
Near Mint Noticeable, but minor, imperfections or wear on the card. Solid gloss with very minor scratches.
Excellent Mint Noticeable, but minor, imperfections or wear on the card. Mostly solid gloss with minor scratches.
Excellent Noticeable imperfections or moderate wear on the card. Some gloss lost with minor scratches.
Very Good/Excellent Noticeable imperfections or moderate wear on the card. Heavy gloss lost with very minor scuffing, and an extremely subtle tear.
Very Good Heavy imperfections or heavy wear on the card. Almost no gloss. Minor scuffing or very minor tear.
Good Severe imperfections or wear on the card. No gloss. Noticeable scuffing or tear.
Poor Destructive imperfections or wear on the card. No gloss. Heavy scuffing, severe tear or heavy creases.

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