Wilt Chamberlain to Appear on a Postage Stamp

by October 02, 2014

The greatest offensive force in NBA history is getting his own stamp.

The Wilt Chamberlain Forever postage stamps will be unveiled during a Dec. 5 halftime ceremony of a game between the Philadelphia Sixers and OKC Thunder.

Chamberlain dominated the League for 14 seasons, scoring 31,419 points, never fouled out in 1,205 games, and holds the all-time rebounding record with 23,924.

Per the AP:

The Hall of Famer and the only NBA player to score 100 points in a game is set to appear on a commemorative U.S postage stamp. Chamberlain died in 1999 at age 63.


The stamps are just over 2 inches tall. Kadir Nelson, of San Diego, created the two stamp image portraits of the NBA Hall of Famer. [ā€¦] One is based on a photograph of Chamberlain in a Philadelphia Warriors uniform; the other is based on an image of Chamberlain in a Los Angeles Lakers uniform.


The cause was started in 2008 by sports writer Donald Hunt of The Philadelphia Tribune, a 129-year-old newspaper that primarily targets the black community. Hunt, who recalled as a child watching in person Chamberlain play for the 76ers against Oscar Robertson and the Cincinnati Royals, believed “The Big Dipper” had the credentials to join Jackie Robinson, Babe Ruth, Joe Louis and Jesse Owens among the sports legends with their own stamps. […] Hunt lobbied the Philadelphia 76ers, the Kansas Jayhawks and Chamberlain’s friends, fans and family to get involved in the effort.