Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Judging by the title of this post, I'm sure most of you have already figured out who I found.  I think I may have even alluded to this being in there before on the regular blog but nonetheless, it's my latest addition to the Card Garage and the newest interesting card to be unearthed from the depths of cardboard purgatory.  And not only that, it's a card that I have always wanted to own but never could muster up enough guts (cabbage) to pick up.

 1976 Topps Walter Payton Rookie Card

What I considered for a long time to be the holy grail of football cards (next to Kordell Stewart's rookie, of course) was found residing amongst a pile of late 70's and early 80's Bears cards in a two row "shoebox".  There was Bob Avellini, Mike Hartenstine, Bo Rather, Robin Earl and Dan Peiffer.  There was Waymond Bryant, Noah Jackson, Alan Page and a Revie Sorey All-Pro.  Then there was this.  The only card in the pile protected from the elements by the revolutionary indestructible fortress known as a penny sleeve.  

Despite it's confines, tt was beautiful to see.  I have come across many of these over the years that have had any number of problems including centering, worn corners, color fading, gum stains, etc.  Most of the time, those defects have done little to reduce the asking prices by much more than a few percent.  But this specimen...oh, this one looked great.  It's a bit off center at first glance but nothing extremely bad.  No chipping to the borders or edges.  The corners are all sharp, real sharp.  If I didn't know better, I would have thought this came right out of a pack.

But alas, the victory was short lived.  As I removed it from it's chamber of despair that it had resided in for Lord knows how long, it hit the light just right, revealing several seriously pronounced creases in the top.  Most of them stretch from the edge all the way through his face.  They aren't significant enough to be seen on the back of the card but the damage, now that it has been revealed, is hard to miss. 

You know what though?  I don't care.  To me, any Walter Payton rookie card is welcome in my collection.  After all, he is only one of the greatest running backs of all time.  Oh, and the fact that he was one of the nicest human beings who has ever lived doesn't hurt either.  Sweetness has a place for sure in the Garage.


  1. Creases or not that is one nice card!

  2. I agree. One of my top 10 football cards to obtain in my lifetime.

  3. A great card. One of my favorite football cards of all time.

    Side note... You may want to consider changing your text color. I have to highlight it to read it on your colored background.

  4. Good point. I have been messing with the design but hadn't come up with anything good. Hopefully a solid color makes it easier.