1961 Fleer

Wilt Chamberlain

1961 Fleer 8 Wilt Chamberlain
Profile

Wilton Norman “Wilt” Chamberlain (1936-1999) is the only player in NBA history to score more than 100 points in a single game or average 40 and 50 points a game for an entire season. At 6’11” as a high school freshman, Wilt earned the nicknames that stuck with him throughout his career such as Wilt the Stilt, Goliath and the Big Dipper, because he had to dip his head when walking through doorways. He led his high school team to two city titles and a 56-3 record in his ion three seasons becoming one of the most sought after college freshmen drawing interest from over 200 colleges and universities before choosing the University of Kansas. Chamberlain left Kansas after two seasons disheartened from losing a heart-breaking NCAA Championship game in 1956 and the new tactics of triple-teaming him and stalling by holding the ball for minutes at a time to preserve leads. He joined the Harlem Globetrotters for the 1958-59 season because the NBA did not accept players who had not completed college.

Wilt was a territorial pick out of the University of Kansas and the Harlem Globetrotters in 1959 by the Philadelphia Warriors. Chamberlain was immediately the most dominant player in the NBA, leading in numerous categories including total rebounds, field goals and points. He was named the 1960 NBA Rookie of the Year and the league’s Most Valuable Player and began a string of six consecutive seasons leading the league in points. In the 1961-62 season Chamberlain averaged an unheard-of 50.4 points per game and followed that season averaging 44.8 points per game. Wilt was a 7-time All-NBA First Team player, two-time NBA All-Defensive First Team player, 13-time All-Star selection and was named the 1960 NBA All-Star Game MVP after scoring 23 points and pulling down 25 rebounds. He led the league seven times in points, 11 times in total rebounds, seven times in field goals and attempts, eight times in minutes played, five times in games played and one time in assists. During his 14-year career with the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors (1959-1965), the Philadelphia 76ers (1965-1968) and the Los Angeles Lakers (1968-1973), Wilt was without a doubt the most dominant player in any league and possibly the history of basketball. He won his first NBA Championship with the 76ers teaming with fellow Hall of Famers Billy Cunningham and Hal Greer to defeat his former team, the San Francisco Warriors. He won three NBA Most Valuable Player Award as a 76er (1966-1968) before heading to the Los Angeles Lakers in 1968. Wilt won another NBA Championship with the Lakers in 1972 and was named NBA Finals MVP for his performance.

Though Chamberlain remained in top physical condition as he did during throughout his playing days, he retired after the 1972-73 season holding many of the NBA all-time records, some of which remain unbroken. He played occasionally for the International Volleyball Association for which he was the president off the organization. Wilt Chamberlain was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1978. In 1984, Wilt was cast in the major motion picture Conan the Destroyer. In 1996, Wilt was named to the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History list. Despite his superior fitness, Chamberlain was diagnosed with heart problems and in 1999 he died of congestive heart failure. 

EX 5 EX-MT 6 NM 7 NM+ 7.5 NM-MT 8 NM-MT+ 8.5 MT 9
$475 $750 $1,300 $1,575 $2,500 $5,000 $10,250
Auth 1Q 1 1.5Q 1.5 2Q 2 2.5 3Q 3 3.5 4Q 4 4.5 5Q 5 5.5 6Q 6 6.5 7Q 7 7.5 8Q 8 8.5 9Q 9 10 Total
1 1 15 16 2 1 25 5 6 84 6 10 110 4 43 140 6 53 183 5 107 156 10 31 29 3 1052
Condition Census (Explain)
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 GEM MT 10
1 GEM MT 10
1 GEM MT 10
4 MINT 9 (29)
Public Auctions
Grade Price Date Firm Sale Lot #
NM+ 7.5 $1,541 Sep-2013 Robert Edward Auctions 2013 Fall Auction 1035
EX-MT 6 (0) $990 Apr-2013 Greg Bussineau Auctions Spring 2013 Vintage Trading Cards and Memorabilia Auction 600
NM-MT 8 $2,938 Nov-2012 Goodwin and Co. Auctions Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XLV 398
EX-MT+ 6.5 $690 Jul-2012 Memory Lane, Inc. Historical Rarities 1028
NM+ 7.5 $943 Jul-2012 Memory Lane, Inc. Historical Rarities 1027
NM 7 $940 Dec-2011 Memory Lane, Inc. Winter 2011 762
MINT 9 $8,252 Jul-2011 Memory Lane, Inc. Sizziling Summer 2011 3
NM-MT 8 (0) $2,115 Jan-2010 Robert Edward Auctions 2010 Auction 1487
NM+ 7.5 $1,195 Sep-2009 Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Sports Auction 44126
MINT 9 $7,135 Jul-2009 Memory Lane, Inc. Sizzling Summer Vintage Rarities 677
EX-MT 6 $568 Oct-2007 Heritage Auctions 2007 October Signature Sports Collectibles Auction - Session I 19307
MINT 9 $12,112 Aug-2007 Memory Lane, Inc. High Grade Card and a Few Surprises 874
NM 7 $779 Nov-2006 Memory Lane, Inc. Holy Grail Fall 2006 749

From The Experts

This is the only recognized rookie card of the most dominant basketball player to ever play the game. Who is the best player in basketball history? Well, some might say Michael Jordan or Magic Johnson but statistics don't lie. If you want pure dominance, dominance of "Ruthian" proportions, your choice has to be Wilt Chamberlain. At 7'1", 275 pounds, he simply dominated the smaller opposition. No one could stop him. Chamberlain was the only player in history to score 4,000 points in a season. He averaged 50.4 points per game during the 1961-62 season, holds the record for points in a single game with 100, the record for rebounds in a single game with 55 and he led the league in scoring for seven straight seasons. Furthermore, he led the league in rebounding in 11 of his 14 seasons and holds numerous other offensive records. This former NBA Rookie of the Year (1959-1960) was a four-time league MVP, and he led his team to six NBA Finals, winning two. Chamberlain was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1978. This card is seen more often in high-grade than some of the other key rookies in the set, but it still falls subject to the same condition obstacles common to the issue.