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Walter Payton had an incredible 13-year career with the Chicago Bears. The Chicago Tribune named him the greatest Chicago Bear of all time. He was a legendary running back who refused to run out-of-bounds and chose to deliver his punishment on defenders. Payton is also a member of the Pro Football Hall of fame. He helped the Bears win Super Bowl XX, he was a 9x Pro Bowler and was the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1977. Statistically, he finished his career with 16,726 rushing yards, 110 rushing touchdowns, 4,538 receiving yards and 15 receiving touchdowns. Additionally, he still holds the record for touchdown passes by a running back with 8. 

Walter Payton was one of the greatest running backs ever to play and was endeared by the fanbase of a major city. When you couple the legacy work of the Walter and Connie Payton Foundation, it’s not hard to see why his football cards are immensely popular today.

In this post, I’m going to run down 10 of his toughest cards.

1977 Topps Mexican #360 Walter Payton

Only 74 graded 1977 Topps Mexican Walter Payton cards exist. PSA wrote: “The Mexican release is tough for a variety of reasons. But it seems to be a combination of relatively limited production (especially low availability in the U.S.), a scarcity of unopened material, the lower quality used to produce them, and the way in which they were packaged.”

1976 Topps #148 Walter Payton

Walter Payton’s Rookie Card is tough because of the prices the card demands. Even with 8398 graded cards, the high demand has driven the price of PSA 8’s over $800 and PSA 10s over $20,000 (even with 52 PSA 10 graded examples in the population report).

1978 Topps Holsum #2 Walter Payton

The Holsum variant of the 1978 Topps Walter Payton card was distributed with loaves of Holsum bread. It was tough to find well centered and had a small production run. Only 78 PSA graded variants exist.

1987 Ace Fact Pack Walter Payton Chicago Bears

This card was distributed in the UK, and you had to purchase the entire Bears Team set to get it. As a result, only 29 have been graded by PSA.

1988 Wagon Wheel Offensive Lineman Van Horne Leading Payton

This card has a total graded population of 10.

1977 Topps #360 Walter Payton All-Pro

While 1559 graded 1977 Topps Payton All-Pro cards have been graded, only 11 PSA 10s have been found.

1979 Stop N Go #6 Walter Payton

With a total population of 155, the 1979 Stop N Go Walter Payton isn’t particularly rare. However, only 6 of those have achieved achieving a grade of Gem Mt 10.

1986 Dairy Pak #22 Walter Payton

Hand-cut cards are always tough to find in high grade, especially when only 77 exist.

1987 Wheaties #5 Walter Payton

There aren’t any PSA 10 1987 Wheaties Walter Payton cards. Of the 29 graded, 14 are PSA 6s.

1985 Topps Stickers #156 Walter Payton

There are only 61 graded Topps Stickers, the Coming Soon variety is more plentiful, however.

Demand for Walter Payton cards continues to grow, and his legacy continues to live on. Do you collect cards of “#34 sweetness”? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter.

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8. NOV. 20, 1977 WALTER PAYTON, WHO WAS TO BECOME THE NATIONAL

''Maybe it`ll mean something later, or in three or four years when I`m out, but right now it`s just another game,'' Payton said.

''Did Walter set a record?'' asked Pardee. ''I had no idea.''

Much later than three or four years, Payton had a different recollection than Pardee of his final carry.

''Some people were a little bit disappointed in Pardee for running the ball, as opposed to kicking a field goal,'' Payton said. ''In the back of his mind, I think he was thinking that he had taken me out earlier (in Green Bay) and I had been disappointed. It`s just by luck and the grace of God that the record still stands.''

The Bears had been called a one-man team, but Payton`s performance proved they were really a one-superman team. Ironically, Pardee`s decision that put Payton into the record book ended up costing the Bears the NFC Central Division title.

The Bears won the rest of their games and finished in a tie with the Vikings at 9-5. But the Vikings won the tiebreaker on head-to-head point differential. They had defeated the Bears 22-16 on Oct. 16 on a fake field goal that turned into a touchdown in overtime. Had Pardee kicked the field goal on Nov. 20 instead of running Payton, a 13-7 victory would have tied the Vikings` 6-point margin and given the Bears the division crown based on the next tiebreaker, division point differential. Instead, the Bears went into the playoffs as a wild-card team and lost in the first round to the Dallas Cowboys 37-7.

The following year, the NFL changed the tiebreaking rules, eliminating head-to-head point differential as one of the determining factors.

Payton`s greatest individual moment turned into an unfortunate moment for the Bears. They both had to wait seven more years to win their first division title.

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1977 saw the critically acclaimed Rumors released by Fleetwood Mac, it saw the debut of the Toronto Blue Jays and the Seattle Mariners, the iconic and record setting Star Wars opened, The King (no not Lebron) Elvis Presley performed his last concert, Led Zeppelin performs for the final time in the U.S.A., the Son Of Sam is captured, The King dies on his throne, The Fonz Jumps The Shark (literally), a little Lester turns 7, three members of Lynyrd Skynyrd dies in a plane crash, the Bee Gees release the soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever, and Walter Payton concludes what many believe to be his finest season as a professional.

The 1977 Chicago Bears, led by Walter Payton, finished 9-5 tied with the Vikings atop the NFC Central. They lost to the eventual Super Bowl Champion Dallas Cowboys in the playoffs. And when I say 'led by Walter Payton', I really mean led by Walter Payton, as no other member of the Bears '77 offense so much as sniffed a Pro Bowl. Every single defender the Bears played that season had one job. Stop Sweetness. And they couldn't do it. The Bears had the #1 rushing offense that season with 2,811 yards and in the passing game they ranked 21st with 1,844 yards.

In a week one victory over the Lions, Bears quarterback Bob Avellini attempted 9 passes completing 4 of them for 45 yards. A sensational display of aerial football. Payton ran for 160 yards and 2 scores.

Week two the Bears aired it out it a bit more in a loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, as Payton had his worst game of the season with 36 yards on 11 attempts. He did chip in with 4 receptions for 20 yards. Payton bounced back the next week (in another loss) with 19 rushes for 140 yards and 2 TDs, and he added a receiving TD among his 4 catches for 53 yards.

His next monster game was in a week 7 26-0 shutout of the Packers. Sweetness rushed for 205 yards on 23 attempts and 2 more TDs. Avellini had another 4 for 9 day through the air. Stellar!

Two weeks later in a win against the Chiefs, Payton went off again. Three more rushing touchdowns, 192 rushing yards and 29 receiving yards. But it was the following week against the Vikings when Payton had his signature game. Forty carries for a then record 275 yards, in a grind it out 10-7 win.

The next week the Bears took it to the Lions at the Pontiac Silverdome in a 31-14 win, when Payton racked up another 137 yards on the ground, but he also added 4 receptions for 107 yards highlighted by a 75 yard catch and run for a TD.

The Bears beat the Packers again in week 13, behind two more rushing TDs and 163 yards on the ground by Payton. And in the season finale Payton struggled against the Giants, but he still managed 47 yards on the ground and 6 receptions for 23 yards in a 12-9 OT victory that put them in the playoffs.

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In 1977 Payton was named NFL MVP by the Associated Press, the Pro Football Writers of America, and the Newspaper Enterprise Association. He was also named the NFL AP Offensive Player of the Year and he won the NFL Man of the Year award, which has since gone on to be known as the Walter Payton Man of the Year award. He was 1st team All Pro and was voted to his 2nd Pro Bowl.

He led the NFL in rushing attempts, rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, yards per carry, overall TDs, all purpose yards, and yards from scrimmage. He had 339 rushes for 1,852 yards good for a 5.5 average per carry and 14 rushing TDs. He added 27 receptions for 269 yards and 2 receiving TDs. And he chipped in with 2 kick returns for 95 yards.

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