Regret Plagues Buyer of Vintage Hockey Cards Valued at $3.7 Million

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Expressing deep remorse, the triumphant bidder of a cache of classic hockey cards, sold for a staggering $3.7 million, now contemplates relinquishing his prized acquisition after learning of the anguish suffered by the runner-up.

Jack Arshawsky, a real estate mogul hailing from Thornhill, Ont., admitted to feelings of empathy upon discovering the devastation of the unsuccessful bidder, prompting him to consider offloading the 16 sealed boxes of O-Pee-Chee’s 1979-80 hockey card collection. This treasure trove, comprising over 10,000 cards, potentially harbors 25 to 30 copies of the coveted Gretzky rookie card.

Arshawsky, though not an avid card collector himself, meticulously tracked the online bidding as the auction deadline approached in February. His victory, sealed with four cans of energy drink to sustain his focus, soon soured as he pondered the passion he lacked compared to fervent collectors.

In a bid to find a more deserving custodian for the cards, Arshawsky has reached out to luminaries such as Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz, and rapper Drake, hoping they might offer the cards a more fitting abode. Thus far, his efforts have yielded no response.

Nevertheless, Arshawsky assured that he has the financial means to honor his bid, courtesy of an inheritance from an uncle who wisely invested in farmland.

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The genesis of this saga traces back to Regina, where a father and son stumbled upon the treasure trove while clearing out a storage room. Subsequent authentication confirmed the boxes’ impeccable condition, prompting widespread fascination within the sports memorabilia community.

Jason Simonds, the sports consignment director at Heritage Auctions, hailed the discovery as a “once-in-a-generation find,” underscoring its rarity and historical significance. With the cards currently housed in a secure vault in Texas, Arshawsky remains hopeful that they will ultimately find a home where they can be publicly displayed and appreciated, or perhaps even find their way into the hands of a long-cherished acquaintance from his past.

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