Wayne Gretzky is "The Great One," and the value of his highest-selling cards reflect that.
In 2016, a Gretzky rookie card sold for $465,000 at the National Sports Collector Convention. Another rookie card, a PSA 10 Topps edition, sold for over $200,000 in the same at another collectibles convention. So he may have the card-collecting "The Great One" moniker to himself, too.
But Sidney Crosby, who is close behind Gretzky on many of hockey's greatest of all time lists, is also close behind in the card-collecting game. One of Crosby's rookie cards, which was signed by the longtime Penguins star, received quite a hefty bid on eBay.
$125,200 seems fair... it might have been the $8.00 in shipping that put me over the edge. Crosby had previously set the "modern" record for trading card value, defined as any cards printed after 1986, when one of his rookie cards sold for around $80,000 in 2019 (via BarDown). The record before that belonged to a Connor McDavid card, which went for nearly $56,000.
This new eBay bid far surpasses the 2019 figure and comes in at the same value as another prominent sports figures' card. Michael Jordan's Fleer rookie card sold for $125,000 soon after "The Last Dance" aired, marking a new record for MJ cards. A LeBron James card is expected to far surpass that number, though, with expectations coming in around $1 million at an upcoming auction.