Gary Payton Rookie Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Gary Payton

Date of Birth: 7/23/1968
Rookie Card Year: 1990-91
Investment Rating: 6.5


Overview

Gary Payton was one of the top point guards of the 1990s and most known for his ferocious defense. Nicknamed "The Glove" for his strong defending, Payton was a fan favorite for multiple franchises. Despite all this, Gary Payton cards and autographs remain relatively inexpensive and make a great budget Hall of Fame addition to any collection.

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Gary Payton played collegiate basketball at Oregon State University and was named the 1990 Pac-12 Player of the Year and a first team All-American during his senior season. The same year, Payton was selected second overall by the Seattle SuperSonics. He spent the majority of his career with the Sonics, forming a strong duo with Shawn Kemp.

Later on in his career, Gary Payton was part of the trade that brought Ray Allen to Seattle and sent Payton to the Milwaukee Bucks. From there, he played for some of the powerhouse franchises in the league, chasing a title. After spending time with the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics, Payton finally got his NBA championship with the Miami Heat in 2006. He retired after the following season.

Gary Payton ended his career as a nine-time NBA All-Star and was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team nine times. He was also recognized as the Defensive Player of the Year in 1996. In addition to his lone NBA title, Payton won two gold medals with the 1996 and 2000 Olympic teams. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.

Gary Payton has three rookie cards that can all be found for very cheap. Not as common as other stars from this era, Payton's autograph cards are still plentiful enough to keep prices low. However, Gary Payton autographed memorabilia still commands a slight premium.

Gary Payton Rookie Cards

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1990-91 Fleer Update Gary Payton RC #U92

Only available as part of the hobby-exclusive, 100-card update set, this simple rookie card for Gary Payton is the most traditional option for collectors. It is also the only card to show Payton in action.

1990 91 Fleer Update Gary Payton RC U92 218x300 Image

1990-91 Hoops Gary Payton RC #391

Can you hear me now? Certainly a bizarre image choice for a card and likely one of the few rookie cards to showcase a player with a corded phone. There is a lot going on in this Gary Payton card and most of it is not good.

1990 91 Hoops Gary Payton RC 391 216x300 Image

1990-91 Skybox Gary Payton RC #365

Easily the most colorful Gary Payton rookie card, the rainbow swirl would have worked better without the gold/khaki border. At least he seems ready for the picture, unlike the Hoops version.

1990 91 Skybox Gary Payton RC 365 212x300 Image

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1997-98 Stadium Club Bowmans Best Preview Atomic Refractor # BBP2 Gary Payton
$7.99
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2004-05 SP Authentic Limited Gary Payton 100 CELTICS
$5.99
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2012-13 PANINI PAST & PRESENT RARE SP VARIATION GARY PAYTON SEATTLE SUPERSONICS
$10.99
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1996-97 TOPPS HOLDING COURT REFRACTOR GARY PAYTON SEATTLE SUPERSONICS SONICS
$5.99
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LOT OF 18 Fleer UD Upper Deck Hoops Topps Gary Payton RC Basketball Card Cards
$8.49
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LOT OF 10 Fleer UD Upper Deck Hoops Topps Gary Payton RC Basketball Card Cards
$5.09
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1993 UPPER DECK GARY PAYTON AUTOGRAPHED CARD!!
$11.99
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1994-95 Finest Refractors #285 Gary Payton
$18.20
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GARY PAYTON DIE CUT TRIUMVIRATE ILLUMINATOR SUPRSONICS VERY RARE SP
$17.99
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96-97 FINEST GOLD REFRACTOR GARY PAYTON BGS 9.5
$199.00
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SHAQUILLE O'NEAL ALONZO MOURNING GARY PAYTON 2007-08 SPX GAME USED JERSEY SP
$19.99
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1998-99 Stadium Club Triumvirate *LUMINESCENT* GARY PAYTON #T7b (SONICS)
$5.00
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100 count lot 1990 91 Fleer Update Gary Payton Rookie Cards!! #U-92 HOF? LOOK!
$74.99
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2004 23 99 Topps Chrome GOLD REFRACTOR Gary Payton LAKERS SONICS HALL OF FAME
$19.99
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Gary Payton Supersonics 1998 99 Topps Stadium Luminous #T7B Rare Die Cut
$5.00
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1995 Topps Finest REFRACTOR Gary Payton #M13 PSA 9 MINT POP Only 4 PSA 10s
$29.99
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Autograph Guide

Gary Payton Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Gary Payton's authentic signature looks like. This can be used as a first point of reference for determining the legitimacy of autograph memorabilia, but is not a substitute for having your items authenticated by a well-respected professional autograph authentication company. Reputable authentication companies include JSA, PSA, Panini Authentic and Mounted Memories, to name a few.

Gary Payton Cut Signature Exemplar

Gary Payton Cut Signature Image

Gary Payton Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Gary Payton signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics, depending on when in his career the item was signed. Other characteristics that play into his signature style are the particular item and venue. Look for the following signature features:

  1. Gary Payton's signature is basically five total letters.
  2. The "G" is more similar to an "8" and followed by an "a" and "y" that resembles a "J" on its side.
  3. The last name is simply a thin "P' and a large lowercase "t." The "t" is normally crossed.
  4. Gary Payton commonly includes "The Glove" as an inscription.

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Gary Payton Signed Photograph Pricing:

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GARY PAYTON Signed 8X10 Seattle Sonics Photo PSA DNA AUTHENTICATED
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Gary Payton Signed Basketball Seattle Supersonics PSA 4A23459 "The Glove" 9X A S
$179.99
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GARY PAYTON Signed NBA Spalding Basketball PSA DNA Inscribed "9x All Star"
$199.99
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GARY PAYTON Signed NBA Spalding Basketball PSA DNA Inscribed "The Glove"
$199.99
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GARY PAYTON Signed NBA Spalding Basketball PSA DNA Inscribed "2x Olympic Gold"
$199.99
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GARY PAYTON Signed NBA Basketball PSA DNA Inscribed "06 Champs Heat Is On"
$199.99
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GARY PAYTON Signed NBA Basketball PSA DNA Inscribed "2006 Champs The Glove"
$199.99
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GARY PAYTON Signed NBA Basketball PSA DNA Inscribed "The Glove 9x All Star"
$199.99
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GARY PAYTON Signed NBA Basketball PSA DNA Inscribed "96 Def Player of the Year"
$199.99
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GARY PAYTON SIGNED MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PSA DNA Seattle SuperSonics NBA AUTO
$75.99
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Gary Payton Signed Sports Illustrated 05 02 1994 Sonics PSA DNA Auto
$29.99
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GARY PAYTON Auto Autograph Signed USA Olympics 8x10 Photo Picture Sonics PSA DNA
$49.99
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Gary Payton Signed Sports Illustrated 6 10 1996 Sonics PSA DNA Auto DA006822
$29.99
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Gary Payton Signed Autographed Seattle Supersonics Jersey. The Glove. JSA COA
$199.99
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GARY PAYTON LAKERS 2003 UPPER DECK #119 CARD SIGNED AUTO AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA
$59.95
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GARY PAYTON LAKERS 2003 REFLECTIONS #33 CARD SIGNED AUTO AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA
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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. As an adult, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim, and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute.

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