Wilt Chamberlain Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Wilt Chamberlain

Date of Birth: 8/21/1936
Rookie Card Year: 1961-62
Investment Rating: 8.0


Overview

Wilt Chamberlain remains one of the biggest names from the history of the NBA. There are not a lot of cards from his playing days, but vintage Wilt Chaberlain cards remain popular with collectors, and certified autographs carry a premium.

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Although it was a much different time, Wilt Chamberlain did not follow a traditional route to the NBA. After three seasons playing, and largely dominating, for the University of Kansas, Chamberlain was tired of the college game and ready for a paycheck. NBA rules prevented him from joining the league since he had not graduated, so he spent his first year as a professional with the Harlem Globetrotters. After one season with the Globetrotters, Wilt Chamberlain made the move to the NBA, but was not technically selected in the 1959 draft, where he would have gone first. Instead, he was selected by the Philadelphia Warriors as their territorial pick. The team successfully argued that although he went to college in Kansas, Chamberlain grew up in Philadelphia, which made him eligible for the territorial pick designed to capitalize on the popularity of local players and help grow interest in the league in local markets.

From there, Wilt Chamberlain enjoyed a very successful NBA career. Critics point to him "only" winning two titles and his terrible free throw shooting, but few players could match his dominance on the court. Plus, he is responsible for one of the most iconic moments in basketball history, when he scored 100 points in a single game. After retiring in 1973, Wilt Chamberlain was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1978 and was also chosen as a member of the NBA's 35th and 50th anniversary teams. He passed away from congestive heart failure in 1999.

While Wilt Chamberlain played 14 seasons in the NBA, official cards were only produced during five of those seasons. This greatly reduces the options for collectors, but additional vintage cards are available for the 1973-74 and 1974-75 seasons from Topps, and there are also multiple regional and oddball cards. Certified autograph cards remain rare because he died before the trend became commonplace. Only two cards are available that do not contain cut signatures and both came from Upper Deck in 1999. Those two cards, as well as other top cards can be found in our guide to the Top Ten Wilt Chamberlain Cards.

Wilt Chamberlain Rookie Cards

1961-62 Fleer Wilt Chamberlain RC #8

The only Wilt Chamberlain rookie card was not released until his third season. The 1961-62 Fleer design has aged well and even has an artistic appeal to it. A black-and-white image, set against a deep maroon background, makes for an impressive card. High grades are tough to find and even ungraded versions start around $200.

1961-62 Fleer Basketball #8 Wilt Chamberlain RC

1961-62 Fleer "In Action" Wilt Chamberlain #47

The action counterpart to the Wilt Chamberlain rookie card, card #47 shows "Wilt the Stilt" going to the basket with a green top. Although it is certainly not a cheap card, it presents a more manageable option for collectors, with ungraded prices starting around $50.

1961-62 Fleer Basketball #47 Wilt Chamberlain

Top eBay Listings

Wilt Chamberlain 2015-16 Immaculate Basketball 2 CASE 10XBox Player Break 2
$9.99

1961-62 Wilt Chamberlain Rookie Year In-Action #47 NM-Mint PSA 8 Fleer Card Y 69
$1,200.00

WILT CHAMBERLAIN 2012 13 FLEER RETRO Z-FORCE RAVE 399
$25.00

2014 Panini Totally Certified #132.1 Wilt Chamberlain (Ball over head) 149 3o8
$5.99

1989-90 Kenner Starting Lineup Legends Collection #N A Wilt Chamberlain Card 0t2
$5.00

1969 Junior Mints Fantastic Firsts Wilt Chamberlain #4 Box Cut Card SUPER RARE
$99.99

2010 Limited Trios #6 George Mikan Pete Maravich Wilt Chamberlain 149 Card 1i7
$6.25

1971-72 Topps #43-44-45 Wilt Chamberlain Gus Johnson Norm Van Lier Card 0n8
$24.75

1972-73 TOPPS #164 JERRY WEST ALL-STAR W WILT CHAMBERLAIN
$15.00

2013 Panini Prizm Red White & Blue Mosaic Prizms #257 Wilt Chamberlain Card 3z3
$6.25

WILT CHAMBERLAIN * LOS ANGELES LAKERS * BASKETBALL CARDS * 9 DIFFERENT
$9.95

2014-15 Panini Excalibur Juggernauts Silver #28 Wilt Chamberlain 49 Card 1q3
$5.25

Wilt Chamberlain Basketball Card
$249.99

1974-75 Topps Basketball Card #250 Wilt Chamberlain PSA Graded 8 Conquistadors
$49.99

2008-09 Topps Chrome Refractor Orange #178 Wilt Chamberlain # 499
$5.40

2001-02 FLEER REPRINT WILT CHAMBERLAIN 40 YEARS (1962) 23K GOLD RC 5000 ONLY
$15.71
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Autograph Guide

Wilt Chamberlain Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Wilt Chamberlain's authentic signature looks like. This can be used as a first point of reference for determining the legitimacy of autograph memorabilia, but is not a substitute for having your items authenticated by a well-respected professional autograph authentication company. Reputable authentication companies include JSA, PSA, Panini Authentic and Mounted Memories, to name a few.

Wilt Chamberlain Cut Signature Exemplar

Wilt Chamberlain Cut Signature

Wilt Chamberlain Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Wilt Chamberlain signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics, depending on when in his career the item was signed. Other characteristics that play into his signature style are the particular item and venue. Look for the following signature features:

  1. The signature starts with a large loop, similar to a 9 or 4.
  2. A standard "W" comes after that and the pen lifts.
  3. In legible cursive, "i-l-t" is clear, with a dotted "i" and crossed "t."
  4. A printed "C" begins the last named and the pen lifts multiple times in the last name.
  5. Next comes an "h," followed by "a-m-b" and "e-r-l." The "b" resembles a lowercase "L."
  6. The pen lifts one last time before "a-i-n."
  7. The overall signature normally exhibits an upward lean, going from left to right.

Wilt Chamberlain Signed Memorabilia Pricing:

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Wilt Chamberlain Signed Jersey

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Wilt Chamberlain Signed Autographed Leather NBA Basketball JSA Authentic
$1,299.99

Wilt Chamberlain & Bill Russell Dual Signed Auto NBA Game Basketball PSA DNA
$2,499.99

Steiner Wilt Chamberlain Signed 16x20 Layup Photo (PSA DNA)
$844.99

Wilt Chamberlain LA Lakers signed I O basketball with case autograph JSA COA
$1,999.99

Wilt Chamberlain Signed Index Card 3x5 Autographed Vintage PSA DNA
$299.00

Wilt Chamberlain Jerry West Bill Sharman Signed 8.5x11 Photo Auto UDA BAD92727
$450.00

Wilt Chamberlain Jerry West Bill Sharman Signed 8.5x11 Photo Auto UDA BAD92729
$499.00

WILT Chamberlain SIGNED Autograph PSA DNA Wilt Chamberlain's Restaurant
$299.00

WILT CHAMBERLAIN SIGNED UDA UPPER DECK M&N AUTOGRAPH # 100 AUTO 61-62 JERSEY
$6,999.95

Wilt Chamberlain & Mike Riordan Signed Album Page (PSA DNA)
$449.00

Wilt Chamberlain NBA Los Angeles Lakers Signed Spalding Basketball PSA DNA COA
$2,499.99

1996 Topps NBA Stars WILT CHAMBERLAIN card auto autograph Signed PSA DNA
$499.99

1992 Upper Deck UD WILT CHAMBERLAIN Heroes card auto autograph Signed PSA DNA
$499.99

AUTOGRAPHED BILL RUSSELL 16-20 PHOTO VS WILT CHAMBERLAIN PSA CERTIFIED SIGNED
$249.00

Muhammad Ali & Wilt Chamberlain Signed Cut Framed Display w Photo JSA #Y80269
$1,999.99

Wilt Chamberlain Signed & Inscribed "Peace" Framed Photo JSA LOA COA
$339.00
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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. In more recent years he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute or Google+.

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