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Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers rookie jersey up for auction

Oilersnation, if ever there was a time to come together and pool all our collective monies into one giant pot, today is that day. One of Wayne Gretzky’s rookie season (1979-80) jerseys is up for auction on a sports memorabilia auction site with the expected sale price is $400,000 US dollars.

Just think of the history that jersey saw: the skinny young Wayne Gretzky body that that jersey hugged, the blood, sweat and tears that jersey soaked up. If that alone is not enough of a sell job to mortgage your house and get in on the action, then you should also know that the jersey is signed by the great one himself.

Think “there’s no way that jersey just didn’t disintegrate into thin air as soon as Wayne pulled it off his body because of the magic involved in moving a young Wayne around the ice”? Think again! The folks over at Goldin Auctions have painstakingly gone through and verified this particular jersey against photo and video evidence for each rip, tear and stain on these beautiful threads.

In my own painstaking studying of the price tag of $400,000, I found that our friends over at Pro-Am Sports have a signed Wayne Gretzky (not game-worn rookie jersey mind you) for the low low price of $2000. Admittedly the 200 times markup from that beautiful jersey to this does seem a little steep, but it was game worn by the best that ever was so we’re not going to squabble over the price. Remember, we’re talking about a player who in that first year alone, totalled 137 points in 79 games. Those numbers were good enough to lead the entire league AND win the MVP.

If you need a refresher of how good the rest of the guy’s career was:

Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
1979-80 Edmonton Oilers NHL 79 51 86 137 21 15 3 2 1 3 0
1980-81 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 55 109 164 28 41 9 7 14 21 4
1981-82 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 92 120 212 26 81 5 5 7 12 8
1982-83 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 71 125 196 59 60 16 12 26 38 4
1983-84 Edmonton Oilers NHL 74 87 118 205 39 76 19 13 22 35 12
1984-85 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 73 135 208 52 98 18 17 30 47 4
1985-86 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 52 163 215 46 71 10 8 11 19 2
1986-87 Edmonton Oilers NHL 79 62 121 183 28 70 21 5 29 34 6
1987-88 Edmonton Oilers NHL 64 40 109 149 24 39 19 12 31 43 16
1988-89 Los Angeles Kings NHL 78 54 114 168 26 15 11 5 17 22 0
1989-90 Los Angeles Kings NHL 73 40 102 142 42 8 7 3 7 10 0
1990-91 Los Angeles Kings NHL 78 41 122 163 16 30 12 4 11 15 2
1991-92 Los Angeles Kings NHL 74 31 90 121 34 -12 6 2 5 7 2
1992-93 Los Angeles Kings NHL 45 16 49 65 6 6 24 15 25 40 4
1993-94 Los Angeles Kings NHL 81 38 92 130 20 -25
1994-95 Los Angeles Kings NHL 48 11 37 48 6 -20
1995-96 Los Angeles Kings NHL 62 15 66 81 32 -7
1995-96 St. Louis Blues NHL 18 8 13 21 2 -6 13 2 14 16 0
1996-97 New York Rangers NHL 82 25 72 97 28 12 15 10 10 20 2
1997-98 New York Rangers NHL 82 23 67 90 28 -11
1998-99 New York Rangers NHL 70 9 53 62 14 -23
NHL Totals 1487 894 1963 2857 577 208 122 260 382 66

I have at least 0.001% percent of the funds that we would need to win the auction and have this beauty added to the Oilersnation Museum of Cool and Amazing Stuff from the Past, Present and Future (title, location and actual existence pending), so if you would kindly just reply down in the comments* below with what percentage of the funds you can provide, I will be happy to add your name to the massive plaque that will be displayed below this monumental piece of Oilers memorabilia.

$400K for a game-worn Gretzky jersey? Marone.

*all comments are not at all legally binding

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  • Serious Gord

    He only missed eight games in his first eight seasons. When you consider how many minutes per game he played that is perhaps more injury free ice time for eight years than any player ever.

    That is due to manifold reasons obviously but the league’s hands off implied directive was a major one (god that must have pissed of Mario).

      • Beer_League_Ringer

        Classy post, d-bag. For the record, after that hit Gretz not only finished the game, but went on to have 164pts that season (sophmore). The next year Wayne got 212. Yeah, Bill McCReary really showed him up. In fact, he probably still tells the story at the bar…

        From Wikipedia:
        “Bill McCreary Jr. was drafted in the 6th round, 114th overall, by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft. He played two seasons of hockey for the Colgate University in the NCAA before signing a contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs in June 1980. He then split the 1980–81 season between the New Brunswick Hawks of the AHL and the Maple Leafs. He played 61 games in the AHL and 12 in the NHL with the Leafs that season. In those twelve games, he scored one goal, had no assists, and added four penalty minutes. That would be the extent of his NHL playing experience as he played out the rest of his career in the CHL, IHL, and AHL. He retired following the 1987–88 IHL season”.

        • D

          @Beer_League_Rin – you missed the entire point of my link. Serious Gord implied that Wayne benefited from an implied league-wide hands off directive. That statement was clearly not the case, as the YouTube links shows.

          • Serious Gord

            The exception proves the rule. And that wasn’t even an exception – more of an accident. For anyone to say that there wasn’t a special treatment for WG is lunacy.

          • D

            @Serious Gord – if Wayne received league-wide special treatment, Glen Sather would have had no need to place Dave Semenko on the SAME LINE as Gretzky. Unless you can think of another reason why Sather would sacrifice offensive capabilities on his first line?

          • Beer_League_Ringer

            @ D

            How is one supposed to ascertain “the entire point” from a post that is nothing more than a YouTube link? Perhaps there is some depth to your position and you might be correct, but that video (alone) in no way conveys your “point”, except possibly in your own thoughts.

  • 99superfan

    He is and always will be the greatest!!
    Today the league is a bush league, they don’t know how to protect the assets on the ice, bring back the enforcers to protect the players take out the instigator rule!!! Theres no respect for each other on the ice, because they won’t let the big tickets be protected. Bettman and the players safety board needs to pull their heads out of their ass’s and that jersey is worth every penny it goes for.