A true NBA legend and one of the greatest players the sport has ever seen, Wilt Chamberlain is set to be immortalised as he will feature on a US postage stamp.
Honouring a great
The Giant-like superstar who had a personality to match his physical prowess is being honoured on a postage stamp after a funded campaign started by Philadelphia Tribune sportswriter Donald Hunt has gained traction in order to commemorate the 7 ft 1 legend.
News leaked last month that after six years of campaigning, the former 76ers and Lakers superstar who once scored an NBA record 100 points in a single game is set to be honoured this winter.
The images for the two official stamps that will commemorate Chamberlain have finally been released, both depicting the center in his famous 13 jersey but for both the Philadelphia and Los Angeles franchises.
The pictures of Chamberlain appeared in the USPS philatelic catalog that hit the streets Wednesday and were later released on to NBA.com for the viewing public to get a glimpse at the player in his heyday.
The date of the release of the stamps is December 5th which is in conjunction with the Philadelphia 76ers’ game at the Wells Fargo Center against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
A statement was produced that explained information about the official stamps, it read:
"The U.S.Postal Service and Philadelphia 76ers, in conjunction with the National Basketball Association (NBA), will formally dedicate the Wilt Chamberlain Forever stamps — the first of its kind featuring an NBA player — in a halftime ceremony featuring a special three-dimensional tribute video using the team’s state-of-the-art court projection system. Throughout the night, the Sixers will celebrate the life and legacy of the legendary Chamberlain with videos during breaks in play. Tickets for this 7 p.m. game will be available to the general public beginning Oct. 8 via Sixers.com."
"The stamps, just over two inches tall each, are about a third taller than a typical commemorative stamp height of approximately 1.5 inches. Kadir Nelson, of San Diego, CA, created the two stamp image portraits of the NBA superstar. 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 word “Wilt” is featured in either the top right or left corner of each stamp. Art director Antonio Alcalá of Alexandria, VA, designed the stamps."
The stamps are appropriate in size as to pay homage to the Big Dipper who continues to leave a very large lasting effect on the NBA.