Graded MINT 9 by PSA. Out of the 8,273 examples PSA has graded to date, only two cards have ever been graded higher! Spectacular ultra-high-grade rookie card of Wayne Gretzky, recognized as the greatest hockey player ever. This card is the "1952 Topps Mickey Mantle" of hockey cards! The Gretzky rookie will always be one of the few most important of all hockey cards, especially prized in high grade. The 1979-1980 O-Pee-Chee hockey issue is extremely condition-sensitive due to its blue flush-to-the-border design. The offered example is pack-fresh with four sharp corners, bright colors, a flawless image, and outstanding centering. Clean reverse. This is the finest example we have offered in the past eighteen years! Gretzky's O-Pee-Chee rookie card is part of PSA's Top 250 Sportscards in the Hobby set, based on the book Collecting Sports Legends: The Ultimate Hobby Guide, by Joe Orlando, which selects the most significant cards from all the different sports. Examples of premier rookie cards such as this in extreme high grades have realized especially strong prices recently, including the incredible $3.75 million private sale of a PSA GEM MINT 10 O-Pee-Chee Gretzky in May 2021. The O-Pee-Chee Gretzky card is one of the cards that is recognizable to collectors of all ages and as such is one of the great cardboard collectibles in our hobby. An ultra-high-grade example of this most sought-after modern hockey-card classic. Reserve $50,000.