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    1976 Topps Walter Payton #148 PSA Gem Mint 10. In the thirteen seasons following his first round acquisition in the 1975 NFL draft, this superstar running back refashioned the record books in his image, claiming the top ranking in a vast array of career categories including rushing yards, touchdowns, carries, yards from scrimmage, all-purpose yards and more. Mike Ditka called Payton the greatest football player he'd ever seen, but an even greater human being. Today the annual award presented to the NFL player offering the greatest service to his community fittingly bears Payton's name.

    When the presented trading card debuted during the year of our nation's bicentennial, there was little reason to suspect that Payton would evolve into one of the sport's all-time greats. Payton's 679 yards in 1975 was a considerable disappointment. But 1976 would see Payton more than double his production, earning his first of nine Pro Bowl appearances, including MVP honors. In 1977, he'd set a single-game record of 275 yard while playing with a 101-degree fever, and go on to lead the NFL in rushing yards for the season. His rookie card is firmly established as the decade's most coveted acquisition.

    Here we present the very finest example of his rookie card, graded PSA Gem Mint 10, a specimen bestowed with a grade enjoyed by less than one percent of the PSA population. A discussion of the card's physical attributes becomes moot, as every point of consideration--color, registration, centering and condition--is quite literally unimprovable. PSA assigns a Gem Mint rating only with the greatest reluctance, but there was no other option available with this submission.


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    November, 2015
    5th-7th Thursday-Saturday
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