1979-1980 O-Pee-Chee Hockey Unopened Wax Box (48 Packs) - Wayne Gretzky Rookie Year!

Sold For: $33,000

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 2044

Item Year: 1979

Category: Football/Basketball/Hockey/Boxing/Other Sports

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Complete original unopened wax box of 1979-1980 O-Pee-Chee Hockey containing forty-eight unopened wax packs. The 1979-1980 O-Pee-Chee Hockey set features the rookie card of Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky, and many other Hall of Famers, including Ken Dryden, Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull, and Mike Bossy. While it is impossible to provide guarantees with reference to grading of unopened material, there is, of course, the very real possibility that within this box are ultra high-grade examples of these cards and others from the set. Given the meteoric rise of high-grade rookie cards recently, including the incredible $465,000 public auction sale of the lone PSA GEM MINT 10 O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky in August 2016, it is hard not to consider the increased value prospects of a completely original and pristine unopened wax box of this classic issue. The entire box comes shrink-wrapped by Baseball Card Exchange (owned by Steve Hart, the foremost expert on unopened material). The display box has survived in outstanding condition with bright colors and minimal shelf wear visible. A small strip of vintage tape, originally intended to keep the box closed, is visible on the top and side panel. This is the first unopened wax box from this series that we have ever offered. This is a stunning unopened wax box that would make a superb addition to any hockey card or unopened wax-box collection. Reserve $10,000. Estimate (open).

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