The Great One! It’s the stuff of which hobby dreams are made! The offered 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee Hockey complete set is arranged over three uncut sheets. Each full 132-card artifact was purchased by our Michigan-based consignor and carefully stored in the decades since. Quite simply, it’s a hockey set which needs little introduction as it contains the first cardboard appearance of #18 Wayne Gretzky. While the mass produced American product is desirable, the parallel (and expanded) version from the Canadian syndicate is the pinnacle for #99 collectors!
Very few 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee Hockey complete sets have been offered in uncut form. The few which have been made available are reaching dizzying sums as bidding interest surges. This trio of uncut sheets has endured the past 39 years in impressive condition. Despite varying degrees of expected interior/perimeter creasing, the #18 Wayne Gretzky rookie is entirely unaffected by any such flaw! Of note, the back of this legendary card displays two thin blue lines which are often noted as a first run variation and commands a premium among Gretzky die-hards.
Other keys include the following: #82 Oilers Logo CL (crease-free), #131 CL (marked), #150 Dryden (slight wrinkling), #175 Howe (slight wrinkle), #185 Hull (creased), #230 Bossy (creased), #237 CL (marked) and #346 CL (creased).