Walter Payton Football Cards, Rookie Card and Autograph Memorabilia Guide

Walter Payton

Date of Birth: 7/25/1954
Rookie Card Year: 1976
Investment Rating: 9.0


Overview

Walter Payton's autobiography is titled "Never Die Easy." The title serves as a metaphor for the way he played the game, punishing defenders before being tackled. While his life was cut tragically short due to a severe liver disease but his memory lives on through Walter Payton cards, memorabilia, videos and charitable organizations.

As a result of his early death, relatively soon after his retirement, Payton missed the post-career autograph circuit. As such, his autographed items command a premium. A willing signer while alive, his autographed memorabilia is somewhat readily available on the secondary market. Unfortunately, forged items are also plentiful.

A product of Jackson State University in Mississippi, Payton received All-American honors and was drafted by the Chicago Bears with the 4th overall pick in the 1975 NFL Draft. A nine-time Pro-Bowl selection and two-time NFL MVP, he retired as the league's career rushing leader. He was part of the remarkable Chicago Bears team of 1985-86 that won Super Bowl XX and introduced the world to the "Super Bowl Shuffle."

Walter Payton's rookie card comes from 1976 Topps Football. He did have some food issue releases from the same year, most notably the Crane Potato Chip Disc, which was a short print. Payton does have several autograph and memorabilia cards and will always be a popular draw in new football card sets.

Walter Payton Rookie Card

Population Reports current as of 11/13.

1976 Topps Football Walter Payton RC #148

1976 Topps Walter Payton

This iconic mid-1970s football card features a head and shoulders posed photograph of Walter Payton. It's fitting that he is not wearing a helmet, allowing his rookie card to display that signature smile. The white-bordered card has a yellow and green rounded frame that houses the picture. A football, in the bottom left-hand corner displays the team name with his position and name to the right. The card back uses a blue and orange color scheme.

1975 Topp Walter Payton RC BGS Population Report:
# Submitted: 2,909
Pristine 10: 2
Gem Mint 9.5: 19
Mint 9: 84

1976 Topp Walter Payton RC PSA Population Report:
# Submitted: 5,190
Gem Mint 10: 39
Mint 9: 412

Top eBay Listings

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1978 Topps # 200 Walter Payton Ex-Mt
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1977 Topps Rushing Leaders #3 *Walter Payton, O.J. Simpson* Football Card
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1976 Topps #148 Walter Payton Rookie Card RC Chicago Bears (3-DAY AUCTION)
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Walter Payton 1986 Topps All-Pro Card # 11, PSA - EX MT - 6,Chicago Bears
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1980 WALTER PAYTON HOF BVG 9.5 GEM MINT Topps Football #160
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2006 Leaf Limited #149 Walter Payton Chicago Bears Football Card
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2006 Leaf Limited #149 Walter Payton Chicago Bears Football Card
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Walter Payton 1991 Pro Set PSA DNA Certified On Card Autograph!! Card # 1 WOW!
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1978 TOPPS FOOTBALL #334 WALTER PAYTON ERROL MANN 1977 LEADERS NM BEARS RAIDERS
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1992 UPPER DECK FOOTBALL HEROES - WALTER PAYTON LIMITED EDITION SET #1986 2800
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1979 Topps Walter Payton, awesome condition
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1986 DairyPak Milk Carton With Walter Payton of The Chicago Bears Flat Carton
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Walter Payton Calling Card Psa DNA Certified Autograph
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1970's Walter Payton Lot of 8 Cards w 1977 Topps x3, 1978 Topps x2, 1979 x3
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1979 Topps Walter Payton #480 NFC All Pro 9 Mint
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