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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Gary Payton Finite 2003 2004 Signature Card
$19.99
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1994 FINEST #285 GARY PAYTON SUPERSONICS POP 1 PSA 10 K1527294
$13.99
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2012 GARY PAYTON INDUSTRY SUMMIT AUTOGRAPHED 5X7 PHOTO-SEATTLE SONICS
$20.00
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Gary Payton 10 Card Lot Upper Deck SPx Finite SP Fleer SkyBox Premium
$9.60
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GARY PAYTON 2003 2004 SP GAME USED AUTHENTIC FABRICS JERSEY BUCKS #GP-J FREE S H
$9.95
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(4) GARY PAYTON PANINI CHOICE AWARD PREFERRED GOLD SILVER BLUE RED CROWN ROYALE
$269.99
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FLAIR 1996 1997 GARY PAYTON HOT SHOTS
$20.99
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2003-04 Skybox LE Gold Proofs #15 Gary Payton 150
$7.28
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GARY PAYTON SEATTLE SUPERSONICS CARD 286 GOLD RARE TOPPS FINEST MAINSTAYS
$19.99
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1990 SKYBOX #365 GARY PAYTON RC HOF PSA 9
$5.00
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1990 Fleer Basketball Update set Factory Sealed Gary Payton RC
$5.95
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2003-04 FLAIR GARY PAYTON FINAL CUT 3 CLR PATCH#50 LAKERS
$24.99
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1998-99 TOPPS EAST WEST REFRACTOR ALLEN IVERSON GARY PAYTON MINT HOF MVP 76ERS
$5.00
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Gary Payton Panini Totally Certified Patch Red Parallel 39 49 3clr
$5.00
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Gary Payton Panini Totally Certified Patch Blue Parallel 18 25 3clr
$5.00
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Gary Payton Panini Totally Certified Patch GOLD Parallel 1 10 1 1 3clr
$16.50
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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 8X10 MICHAEL JORDAN PHOTO AUTO TRISTAR COA SONICS BULLS
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GARY PAYTON SIGNED 8X10 MICHAEL JORDAN PHOTO AUTO TRISTAR HOLO COA SONICS BULLS
$59.95
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Gary Payton Signed F*CK YOU Michael Jordan 8x10 Photo PSA DNA COA Auto Sonics
$99.99
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Gary Payton Signed Spalding NBA Basketball - JSA COA J09977
$89.00
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Gary Payton Signed Sport Magazine PSA DNA Auto Autograph W83272
$39.00
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Gary Payton Autographed Signed Sports Illustrated Magazine PSA DNA #4A37429
$59.00
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Gary Payton Autographed Signed Sports Illustrated Magazine PSA DNA #4A37457
$59.00
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Gary Payton Autographed Signed Sports Illustrated Magazine PSA DNA #4A37444
$59.00
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Gary Payton Autographed Signed Sports Illustrated Magazine PSA DNA #4A37456
$59.00
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Nike White Zoom Flight Gloves Signed Autographed By Gary Payton. W Box JSA COA!
$499.99
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GARY PAYTON USA "2000 GOLD" SIGNED AUTO AUTOGRAPH 16x20 PHOTO PSA DNA 4A22980
$24.99
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Gary Payton Seattle Super Sonics Signed 8x10 Photo PSA
$45.00
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Gary Payton Autographed Signed Sports Illustrated Magazine PSA DNA ITP #4A37437
$59.00
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Gary Payton Autographed Signed Sports Illustrated Magazine PSA DNA ITP #4A37435
$59.00
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Gary Payton Autographed Signed Sports Illustrated Magazine PSA DNA ITP #4A37434
$59.00
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Gary Payton Autographed Signed Sports Illustrated Magazine PSA DNA ITP #4A37436
$59.00
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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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