1976 Topps Walter Payton #148 PSA Gem Mint 10. In...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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Description1976 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. His coach and a Hall of Fame player in his own right, 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. Those hoping for the next incarnation of the iconic Gale Sayers saw Payton's 679 yards in 1975 as a considerable disappointment and wondered if their first draft pick had been wasted. They were wrong. Payton more than double his production in 1976 and earned his first of nine Pro Bowl appearances. 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. With each successive Sunday, the number 148 card of the 1976 Topps Football set more firmly established itself as the decade's most coveted cardboard, and Payton as the face of the Chicago Bears.
Graded PSA Gem MT 10. This rookie card has earned the Gem MT grade which is enjoyed by less than one percent of the PSA population. A discussion of the card's physical attributes becomes unnecessary, as every point of consideration--color, registration, centering, corners and surfaces--is quite literally unimprovable.
Guide Value or Estimate: $15,000 - up.
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