Postal Service to release Wilt stamps
Former Sixers great Wilt Chamberlain is first NBA player ever to be depicted on a U.S. postage stamp.
IT WAS A TALL ORDER, but the U.S. Postal Service was up to the task.
Yesterday, it unveiled the images of two Wilt Chamberlain forever stamps, one of him as a Philadelphia Warrior and the other as a Los Angeles Laker.
The stamps are long and lean, just like the Big Dipper in his prime. At just over 2 inches in length, they are one-third larger than most commemoratives.
The U.S. Postal Service and the Sixers, along with the NBA, will formally dedicate the stamps and show a tribute video during halftime of the Sixers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder game on Friday, Dec. 5, at the Wells Fargo Center. Tickets will be available to the general public beginning Wednesday on Sixers.com.
Kadir Nelson, of San Diego, created the images of the Chamberlain, while Antonio Alcalá of Alexandria, Va., designed the stamps.
The 7-1 Chamberlain was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1979 and, in 1996, was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.
Among his many achievements, he was:
* The only player to score 100 points in a game.
* The only player to break the 4,000-point barrier in a single season.
* The only player to break the 2,000-rebound barrier for a single season.
* The first player to score 25,000 points in a career.
* The only center to lead the league in assists over a full season (702 in 1967).
* The only player to have his number retired by three different teams: the Sixers, Lakers and Warriors.
And now, nearly 15 years after his death at age 63, the larger-than-life talent is the first NBA player to ever grace a U.S. postage stamp.