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The Top 10 Fastest Growing Hockey Cards This Month

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Jason Koeppel // ONE37pm

As we kick-off the start of regular season hockey, there’s a lot to be excited about when it comes to the sport’s trading cards. Earlier this year, a 1979 O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky PSA 10 rookie card sold for $3.75 million, ranking 7th on the top-10 list of most expensive sports cards of all time. There’s also a new TV deal that kicks in effect this season, with ESPN and Turner Sports getting the rights to air games. The new deal has generated a lot of optimism about helping bring the sport of hockey to more mainstream audiences. 

This mainstream attraction could bring more attention to hockey sports cards. PSA has graded 1,515,785 hockey cards, which is a strong base, but still small compared to basketball (5,807,952 cards graded) and football (5,476,649 cards graded). 

We’re going to look at the top 10 fastest-growing hockey cards over the past month. In order to qualify for this list, a card must have a minimum value of $150 and be in graded condition.

1. Wayne Gretzky 1983 O-Pee-Chee Base #29 PSA 7 (+102.32%)

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Wayne Gretzky is often recognized as the greatest hockey player of all time, playing 20 seasons, holding 61 NHL records at retirement, and won 4 Stanley Cups over the course of his career. It’s no surprise to see one of his cards at the top of this list, even though it isn’t a rookie card. The 1983 O-Pee-Chee Gretzky PSA 7 sold for $154.50 on 10/2, up from its previous sale of $78 a few weeks earlier: 

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This was a record sale for the card, which has sold 14 times over the past year at an average price of $83.09. 

2. Patrick Kane 2007 Upper Deck Young Guns #210 PSA 10 (+87.68%)

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Patrick Kane is viewed as the best American-born hockey player of all time. The 32-year-old has won 3 Stanley Cups as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks and currently ranks 6th in career points out of current NHL players. 

His 2007 rookie Young Guns PSA 10 last sold for $2,759.66 on 9/16, an all-time record sale for the card: 

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The population 309 card has sold 36 times in the past year at an average price of $1,467.98 and has grown in value by 521.54%. 

3. Jesse Puljujarvi 2016 Upper Deck Young Guns #225 PSA 10 (+81.34%)

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Jesse Puljujarvi is currently a right-wing for the Edmonton Oilers after being drafted fourth overall in 2016. Puljujarvi struggled early in his career but broke out last season to re-establish himself. He scored 15 goals and had 10 assists in his 2020–21 season and looks to be a promising prospect if he can maintain that level of performance. 

His 2016 Upper Deck Young Guns rookie card sold for $214.50 on 10/6, a record sale for the card: 

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The card has sold 7 times in the past year at an average price of $163.99 at a 16.58% rate of growth.

4. Mark Stone 2012 Upper Deck Young Guns #239 PSA 10 (+68.52%)

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Mark Stone is captain of the Las Vegas Golden Knights, playing right wing. The NHL network recently named Stone the 35th best player in the NHL and the Golden Knights currently have the 3rd best odds to win the Stanley Cup this season according to Vegas Insider

His 2012 Upper Deck Young Guns PSA 10 rookie card last sold for $278.05 on 10/4 up from its previous $165 sale in mid-September: 

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The card peaked at $399.99 in April of this year but has since come down in value. The population 60 card has been sold 8 times in the past year at an average price of $257.02 and has experienced 76.73% growth in that same timed period. 

5. Mario Lemieux 1985 Topps Base #9 PSA 9 (+52.75%)

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Mario Lemieux was the first overall pick in the 1984 NHL draft and is the only person to have won a Stanley Cup as both a player and an owner. He was ranked as the 4th-best NHL player of all time by Bleacher Report. As a player, he won 2 Stanley Cups, was a 9x all-star, and finished his career with 690 goals

His 1985 Topps PSA 9 rookie card last sold on 9/24 for $1,920, up from its last sale of $1,550 just a few days earlier: 

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The card peaked in value in February, selling for $4,275. In the past 12 months, the card has sold 115 times at an average price of $1,487.74 and has grown 304.21% in value. 

6. Connor McDavid 2015 Upper Deck Young Guns #201 PSA 9 (+51.26%)

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Connor McDavid was drafted first overall by the Edmonton Oilers in 2015 and currently plays center for the team. McDavid has led the NHL in scoring 3 times and is one of just two unanimous Hart Trophy Winners (Wayne Gretzky is the only other player with the same distinction). 

McDavid’s Young Guns rookie PSA 9 last sold on 9/24 for $1,461.21 up from its previous sale of $1,224.14 a day earlier:

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Over the past year, this card has sold 42 times at an average price of $1,082.92 with a rate of growth of 165.58%. This sale is a record price of this card in a PSA 9 grade. 

7. Wayne Gretzky 1980 O-Pee-Chee Base #250 PSA 8 (+44.58%)

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Wayne Gretzky is often recognized as the greatest hockey player of all time and it's even been argued that he is the greatest athlete of all time, so it’s no surprise that we see multiple of his cards on this list. This time it’s the 1980 O-Pee-Chee PSA 8, second-year card. 

The card last sold on 10/6 for $993.08, up from a recent low of $406 on 8/24: 

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The card peaked in price this past February when it sold for $1,763.50 before losing value. The card has sold 59 times over the past 12 months at an average price of $832.89 with a rate of 94.34% growth in that same time period. 

8. Wayne Gretzky 1979 O-Pee-Chee Base PSA 8 (+41.07%)

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This Wayne Gretzky O-Pee-Chee rookie card has a population of 765 in a PSA 8 grade, much higher than the PSA 10 supply of just 2, but it still commands significant value in the marketplace. 

The card last sold for $21,250 on 9/25 a significant increase from its previous low sale on 8/28 at $13,600: 

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In the past 12 months, the card has sold 45 times at an average price of $20,470 and has had a rate of growth of 119.13% in that same time period. 

9. Miro Heiskanen 2018 Upper Deck Young Guns #246 PSA 10 (+37.48%)

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Miro Heiskanen is the first defenseman on our list and was drafted 3rd overall in the 2017 NHL draft by the Dallas Stars. Heiskanen scored 6 goals and 20 assists in the 2020 NHL playoffs and played a big role in the Stars making it to the Stanley Cup. 

Heiskanen’s 2018 Upper Deck Young Guns PSA 10 rookie card last sold for $189.04 on 10/3, up from its previous sale of $133.55 on 9/26:

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The population 512 card has sold 95 times in the past year at an average price of $134.32 and has experienced a 69.44% growth rate. The card’s peak sale price was $199 back on 6/21. 

10. Wayne Gretzky 1979 O-Pee-Chee Base #18 PSA 2 (+36.39%)

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Wayne Gretzky’s rookie O-Pee-Chee card in a grade 2 rounds out our list of top 10 fastest growing hockey cards over the past month. The card is a population 409 in a PSA 2 and despite the low grade, the card still commands more value than most other modern NHL player rookie cards in a PSA 10. 

The card last sold for $1,199.95 on 10/5:

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The card once sold as high as $2,199.95 this past January before retreating to a low price of $881 at the end of September. In the past 12 months, this cad has sold 38 times at an average price of $1,257.06 and has enjoyed a 49.99% growth rate. 

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