I read about this the other day from the CNN website:
LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (AP) — The Great One is still setting records.
Wayne Gretzky’s NHL rookie card earned $94,163 at an online sports memorabilia auction Sunday. SCP Auctions says that’s the highest price ever paid for a hockey card.
While a Gretzky rookie card is easy enough to find on eBay, it is rare to find one free of small flaws or imperfections. The card sold Sunday was graded 10, or mint condition, by Professional Sports Authenticator.
SCP calls it “arguably the most valuable modern trading card in existence.”
OK look I understand the idea behind grading of cards, first off is the card a real one or a reproduction? Second what’s the real condition. What I don’t get and I guess I’m in the minority, is why pay thousands times it’s “book value”. I have one that is beat up like none other. I paid ten bucks for that mess of a card, but I can say I own the card. I know it’s a population 1 card and that it’s in near perfect condition, but come on how is this the new Honus Wagner or Mickey Mantle, I just don’t get it.
What do you think?