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1987 Walter Payton Chicago Bears Jersey Worn in Final Regular Season Game with Photo Matches....

2011 August Chicago Signature Vintage Sports Collectibles Platinum Auction #7037

 
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Auction Ended On: Aug 4, 2011
Item Activity: 6 Internet/mail/phone bidders Number of Bidders
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Location: Muvico
9701 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue
Rosemont, IL 60018

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1987 Walter Payton Chicago Bears Jersey Worn in Final Regular Season Game with Photo Matches. Sports memorabilia is a lot like love--there's nothing quite like the first, or the last. Whether its home run baseballs, touchdown footballs or game worn uniforms, bidder interest is always increased exponentially by the alpha and the omega. And never does the statement ring truer than when applied to all-time record material, such as the spectacular gridiron relic provided here.

This white mesh Chicago Bears jersey can be definitively photo-matched to on-field images of Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton taken at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum where Payton scrambled for the last of his NFL career record 16,726 yards. Though Sweetness would make one more appearance in an NFL uniform in a first-round playoff defeat, this jersey brought an end to all regular season stats which earned him a well-deserved first round Canton nod.

But don't jump to the conclusion that this jersey was a virgin before its date with destiny--there are huge team repairs in the reinforced shoulders and another between the rear digits to prove it was no stranger to human contact. This is season-long wear. It's worthy of note that one of the photos of the distinctive paint scuffs on Payton's rear nameplate was snapped during the opening ceremonies of the game, as the people of Los Angeles tastefully paid their respects to their esteemed opponent.

In other regards, the jersey is identical in style to those worn during the glory days of the Super Bowl Shuffle era. Number "34" is screened in deep navy and orange to chest, back and shoulders, with "Payton" similarly applied to rear nameplate. Classic triple striping on each sleeve is interrupted by George Halas tribute initials on left. A sweat-bleached "Wilson [size] 42" label appears at lower left exterior tail.

Though Emmitt Smith has since overtaken Payton in career yardage, this development dulls none of the luster of Sweetness' accomplishments, or that of the jersey he wore upon their completion. A piece as worthy of a home in the Hall of Fame as the man who wore it. LOA from Heritage Auctions.

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