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Rare case containing coveted Wayne Gretzky rookie cards sells for $3.7M

REGINA — A case of old hockey cards containing the game's Great One has fetched more than $3.7 million after it was uncovered in a Regina home.

Heritage Auctions says the winning bidder bought the case of 16 sealed boxes of O-Pee-Chee's 1979 hockey card collection, amounting to more than 10,000 cards.

The auctioneer says the case could include 25 or more highly coveted Wayne Gretzky rookie cards.

A man in Regina had kept the case in a packed storage room.

The auctioneer says the longtime collector has asked to remain anonymous.

A company spokesperson has said he doesn't expect the winning bidder will open the boxes, as they are rarer than the rookie cards.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 26, 2024.

The Canadian Press