Walter Payton ROOS
Hand-painted collectible baseball card
Before Michael Jordan, Mars Blackmon, and "It's gotta be the shoes," many pro athletes were wearing ROOS.
KangaROOS were designed by St. Louis jogger Bob Gamm, who didn't want keys and money in his shorts while running... so, he created a running shoe with a pocket. Walter Payton, Clyde Drexler, Vince Coleman and others all endorsed the product.
The pocket turned into a big fad among school kids in the early-to-mid 80's. However, by the end of the decade, popularity declined and ROOS quietly disappeared. I've painted my sugary-powdered gum on the back of Sweetness' 1982 Topps, for this ad campaign that ran the following season.
Card history note: In 1981, Topps didn't have an agreement with the NFL to use team logos on cards. So, all helmets were airbrushed in the photographs. By 1982, an agreement was in place.
About my collector cards
After purchasing some old wax packs to study the size and texture of gum sticks, I developed my own paint techniques in order to replicate it. Now, I hand-paint bubble gum directly onto vintage baseball cards to create small collectibles.
Here's what you'll receive with this order
- My original hand-painted gum onto a baseball card.
- Each collector card is paint-marked with it's edition number.
- These art cards are protected inside an Ultra Pro One Touch magnetic card holder... customized with my matching Rosen signature label.
- I do not sign these cards by request. However, your package will include bonus items personally autographed by me.
Expected delivery time for pre-orders
Are you purchasing a pre-order? My pre-order listings are for card art that has not been painted yet. In most cases, I already have the card in stock to paint on, and will create your artwork within a few days of your purchase. Thanks for your patience.
You may reference my growing checklist of collector-owned cards.