Expensive Hockey Cards of the Post-War Era

Hockey card collecting has been a favorite hobby of many for the past 100 years or so and the collectors are serious about their cards. Rarer cards can be worth a great deal of money, well into the thousands. There are some very expensive hockey cards on the market and the high price tag does nothing to dissuade collectors from pursuing them. So what are the most valuable, expensive hockey cards of all time? Below is a list of the top five modern era hockey cards starting with the holy grail:

  • Wayne Gretzky O-Pee-Chee #18 rookie card – The card for any serious collection. It shows a young Gretzky in action in his Edmonton Oilers jersey and has been sold for as much as $94,000 in perfect condition. This is the ultimate in expensive hockey cards and is the one every hockey fan longs to own.
  • Bobby Orr 1966-67 Topps #35 rookie card – Many people consider Bobby Orr to be serious competition for Gretzky as the greatest hockey player of all time and his 1966 issue rookie card shows this in its value. Although it has never sold for the record-breaking price of Gretzky’s rookie card, the Orr rookie card value can be as high as $50,000 when graded mint by an authenticator, making it a close second in the list of most desirable and expensive hockey cards.
  • Gordie Howe 1951-52 Parkhurst #66 rookie card – Gretzky’s idol and one of the greats, Gordie Howe was known as Mr. Hockey. This rookie card is exceedingly rare because of the very thin paper stock used for printing Parkhurst cards. It is believed that not many of these treasures remain in mint condition. As such, its value of almost $18,000 for a high grade example is no surprise.
  • Mario Lemieux ‘85 Topps #9 rookie card – Mario Lemieux was one of the greatest and most diverse scorers in the history of hockey and one of only three players to resume the game after being inducted into the Hall of Fame. This card can vary wildly because of condition, but gem mint 10 copies can run well into the thousands.  Those with even minor wear usually bring much, much less.
  • Gordie Howe ‘54 Topps #8 – The only card in the top five that is not a rookie card and the 2nd card in this list that features Howe. This card issue was more mainstream and higher quality than the Parkhurst card so it is a great addition to any hockey card collection. At a value of around $13,000 for a high grade example, it is definitely deserving of its spot on the list of most expensive hockey cards of all time.

Of course, scarce cards from the pre-World War II era can also attract bidders with deep pockets because of their scarcity, but grading services have upped the ante, even on modern era cards as collectors of expensive hockey cards want only the best of the best.

1985 O Pee Chee OPC 9 Mario Lemieux HOF RC Rookie PSA 85 NM MT+
1985 O Pee Chee OPC 9 Mario Lemieux HOF RC Rookie PSA 85 NM MT+
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1991 92 Classic Peter Forsberg 5 Rookie PSA 10 GEM MT HOF RC
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1980 O Pee Chee OPC 140 Ray Bourque HOF Bruins RC Rookie PSA 10 POP 23
1980 O Pee Chee OPC 140 Ray Bourque HOF Bruins RC Rookie PSA 10 POP 23
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1968 69 O PEE CHEE BERNIE PARENT ROOKIE PSA 7 HOF PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
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1986 OPC O Pee Chee 53 Patrick Roy Canadians HOF Rookie PSA 9
1986 OPC O Pee Chee 53 Patrick Roy Canadians HOF Rookie PSA 9
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1990 Score Eric Lindros Flyers 440 Rookie PSA 9 26225405 HOF 2016 POP 1229
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1990 Score Canadian Mats Sundin Nordiques 398 Rookie PSA10 26520581 HOF 2012
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1990 Score Canadian Eric Lindros Flyers 440 Rookie PSA 9 26520563 HOF 2016
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1990 Score Canadian Mats Sundin Nordiques 398 Rookie PSA 9 26520579 HOF 2012
1990 Score Canadian Mats Sundin Nordiques 398 Rookie PSA 9 26520579 HOF 2012
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1990 Score Canadien Rob Blake Kings 421 Rookie PSA 9 26520577 HOF 2014
1990 Score Canadien Rob Blake Kings 421 Rookie PSA 9 26520577 HOF 2014
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1990 Score Canadian Sergei Makarov Flames 329 Rookie PSA 9 26520582 HOF 2016
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1991 Ultimate Draft Peter Forsberg Flyers 61 Rookie PSA 9 26225381 HOF 2014
1991 Ultimate Draft Peter Forsberg Flyers 61 Rookie PSA 9 26225381 HOF 2014
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1991 Upper Deck Sergei Fedorov Red Wings 6 Rookie PSA 10 26225377 HOF
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1951 52 Parkhurst 104 Chuck Rayner HOF Rookie PSA 7 New York Rangers
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1979 OPeeChee Wayne Gretzky card HOF auto Autograph Signed RC Rookie psa DNA SGC
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1982 O Pee Chee DALE HAWERCHUK Rookie 380 381  PSA 9 Mint  8 NMMT  HOF Jets
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1991 Upper Deck Sergei Fedorov Red Wings 82 Rookie PSA 9 26296758 HOF 2015
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1991 Score Superstars Mike Modano North Stars 35 Rookie PSA 926440010 HOF 2014
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1991 Upper Deck Sergei Fedorov Red Wings 6 Rookie PSA 9 22709635 HOF 2015
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Ken Dryden Rookie Psa 7 1971 Topps  45 RC HOF
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1933 34 O PEE CHEE 6 NELS STEWART Rookie PSA Graded 4 VG EX Series A HOF Orange
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1991 Arena Holograms Peter Forsberg Flyers 4 Rookie PSA 10 26225380 HOF 2014
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1982 O Pee Chee DALE HAWERCHUK Rookie 380 381  PSA 9 Mint  8 NMMT  HOF Jets
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1982 O Pee Chee DALE HAWERCHUK Rookie 380 381  PSA 9 Mint  8 NMMT  HOF Jets
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Lot of 2 1990 Score CANADIAN Eric Lindros Rookie PSA 9 MINT HOFFree Shipping
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1982 O Pee Chee DALE HAWERCHUK Rookie 380 381  PSA 9 Mint  8 NMMT  HOF Jets
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1991 Score R T Eric Lindros Flyers 88T Rookie PSA 9 22709644 HOF 2016
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1991 Upper Deck Sergei Fedorov Red Wings 40 Rookie PSA 9 22709636 HOF 2015
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