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Case of unopened hockey cards that may include Wayne Gretzky's first goes for $3.7M

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A sealed carton of hockey player cards that may contain Wayne Gretzky’s rookie card fetched $3.7 million at auction, Heritage Auctions said Monday.


The bidder, whose name was not given, will get an unopened cardboard box filled with 48 packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey cards from the 1979-80 season, it said. Among its 10,752 cards — “made in and stayed in Canada” — could be those coveted Gretzky rookie cards.


“An unknown number … maybe two dozen, give or take — feature the Great One’s first skate as an Edmonton Oiler,” Heritage Auctions said in a statement.


The box, which had been stashed away in a Saskatchewan basement for several years, inspired global headlines last month when its existence was revealed, the Dallas-based auction house said.