Wilt Chamberlain Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Wilt Chamberlain

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


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

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1996 Topps Stars Members Only Parallel #109 Wilt Chamberlain - NM-MT

2012-13 Panini Prizm Most Valuable Players Green #23 Wilt Chamberlain Card 1j6

1974-75 Topps #250 Wilt Chamberlain CONQUISTADORS NM + G29896 - NrMt+

2014 Panini Prizm 21 Wilt Chamberlain 25 Los Angeles Lakers Basketball Card 1b8

1969-70 Topps Basketball # 1 Wilt Chamberlain EX+ 0416

2014-15 Panini Prizm Blue Prizms 220 Wilt Chamberlain 99 Philadelphia 76ers 1u0

2014-15 Panini Immaculate Collection Red #91 Wilt Chamberlain 25 Card 2k5

1961-62 Fleer Set Break # 8 Wilt Chamberlain PSA AUTHENTIC u28005

2011-12 Past & Present Bread for Life #3 Wilt Chamberlain Los Angeles Lakers 5b4

1969-70 Topps Set Break # 1 - Wilt Chamberlain SGC 60 EX 5 u22526

2012-13 Panini Crusade Blue #90 Wilt Chamberlain Los Angeles Lakers Card 2d0


1971-72 Topps Set Break # 70 Wilt Chamberlain PSA 6 EX-MT u22511

2002-03 Upper Deck Generations #193 Yao Ming Wilt Chamberlain 999 - NM-MT

1961-62 Fleer #8 Wilt Chamberlain RC PSA 7 NM Warriors HOF Legend

1974-75 Topps Set Break #250 Wilt Chamberlain NR-MINT u28705
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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.

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Wilt Chamberlain Signed Jersey

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Wilt Chamberlain Autographed Signed Spalding Leather Basketball PSA DNA #Q05037


Wilt Chamberlain Signed Autographed Vintage 8 x 10 Photo w Bill Russell PSA DNA

Wilt Chamberlain signed book 1973 autobiography PSA DNA 1st Edition autographed


Wilt Chamberlain Signed Autograph Leather NBA Basketball HOF 78 JSA

Wilt Chamberlain Signed Autographed Leather NBA Basketball JSA Authentic


Wilt Chamberlain & Bill Russell Dual Signed Auto NBA Game Basketball PSA DNA

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

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

Wilt Chamberlain LA Lakers signed I O basketball with case autograph JSA COA

Wilt Chamberlain Autographed Signed 1974 Topps Card #250 PSA DNA #83117540

Wilt Chamberlain Autographed Signed 1970 Topps Card #50 PSA DNA #65049804

Wilt The Stilt Chamberlain Autographed Signed 16x20 Photo Lakers PSA DNA #U04468

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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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