There must be something in the Ontario water supply to explain why Canada’s most populous province has given the world so many incredible hockey players. Wayne Gretzky hails from Brantford, while Bobby Orr once called Parry Sound home. That’s only two athletes, you might say, but they happen to be ranked as the number one and two all-time National Hockey League players by no less an authority as The Hockey News.
Gretzky tops the list, and though his last name conveniently rhymes with his nickname, “The Great One,” it was his performance on the ice that gave the moniker teeth. Even after retiring in 1999, he still holds the record for most career goals in regular-season play (894), most goals in a single season (91 in 1981-1982), most career assists (1,963), most career points (2,857), and most three-or-more-goal games (50).
Little wonder, then, that when Gretzky retired, it wasn’t just the Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues, and New York Rangers who retired number 99—every team in the NHL set the digits aside.
For collectors of vintage hockey memorabilia, Gretzky’s Topps NHL rookie card from the 1979-1980 season is among the most desirable pieces of paper in the sport. Back in the late 1970s, O-Pee-Chee was branding those same Topps hockey cards with an OPC logo—both versions are collectible. Far more common are cards from his years with the Kings, Blues, and Rangers, although a card from Gretzky’s first year with each of those teams makes a nice set.
More than any other hockey player, Gretzky enjoyed a lucrative career endorsing products. As a result, many collectors of hockey memorabilia look beyond traditional objects like jerseys, pucks, and sticks to focus on boxes of Post cereal brands and kids lunch boxes.
But for those who must have a game-used jersey, a killer combo is to pair Gretzky’s blue and orange Edmonton Oilers road jersey from 1979 with his black and silver Los Angeles Kings road uniform from 1988.
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Vintage Wayne Gretzky images going up for saleCBC.ca, February 6th
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The legend of GretzkyNBCSports.com, January 29th
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A (Belated) Birthday Tribute To Wayne Gretzky And His Ridiculous StatsFiveThirtyEight, January 27th
Wayne Gretzky, widely considered to be the greatest player in NHL history — so widely, in fact, that even Boston homers have to admit it (however tongue-in-cheek the manner) — was born exactly 55 years (and a day) ago. That's really all the excuse we...Read more
55 shades of Great: Random facts about Wayne Gretzky on his 55th birthdayESPN, January 26th
To celebrate Wayne Gretzky's 55th birthday, we dug up our favorite memories, riveting anecdotes, random stats and amazing facts about The Great One. 1. Brantford, Ontario: Born Jan. 26, 1961, to Phyllis and Walter Gretzky, Wayne Gretzky learned how to ...Read more
Wayne Gretzky's hilltop California mansion just got a $2 million price chopBusiness Insider, January 15th
If you've ever wanted to live like the NHL's legendary Wayne Gretzky, now's your chance. The 54-year-old former NHL player and coach — and Hockey Hall of Famer — has relisted his five-bedroom mansion in Thousand Oaks, California, for $8.2 million...Read more
Wayne Gretzky thinks the Blackhawks are more impressive than his historic teamsChicago Sun-Times, January 12th
However, if there was anyone who could compare teams from different eras, it would be Wayne Gretzky. The Great One appeared on ESPN 1000 with Dave Kaplan and Nick Friedell. During the interview, Gretzky said he thought what the Blackhawks have ...Read more
Alex Ovechkin has a better chance to catch Wayne Gretzky than you thinkWashington Post, January 11th
Now that Alex Ovechkin has hit the 500-goal milestone, let's look ahead. Way ahead. Let's see if he can catch Wayne Gretzky and become the all-time leading goal-scorer with goal No. 895. [Crunching the incredible numbers on Alex Ovechkin's run to 500 ...Read more