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    A matched set of jersey and shorts from The Stilt's third consecutive NBA MVP season!

    1967-68 Wilt Chamberlain Game Worn Philadelphia 76ers Uniform, MEARS A9. Everything about him was huge--his height, his talent, his libido. From his 100 point game to the 20,000 notches on his bedpost, Chamberlain rewrote the record books in his image, holding seventy-two NBA superlatives to this day including most consecutive seasons leading the league in scoring (8), most points in a single season (4,029) and highest point average in a career (45.8).

    While it's easy to credit Chamberlain's seven-foot two-inch height for such matchless dominance, he was, in point of fact, one of the greatest natural athletes in American sports history, boasting a forty-eight inch vertical leap and such blazing footspeed that he once beat Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown in a sprint. His stamina was not confined to bedroom, with his 45.8 minutes/game career average another NBA-leading statistic.

    The presented full uniform finds The Stilt at the peak of his nearly supernatural powers, deriving from his fourth career and third consecutive NBA Most Valuable Player campaign. It may very well be the last jersey Chamberlain ever wore as a representative of his Philadelphia hometown, as the Sixers would fall to Bill Russell's formidable Boston Celtics in Game Seven of the Eastern Division Finals at The Spectrum, donning their home whites. Three months later, a landmark trade with the Los Angeles Lakers was announced.

    A major milestone was marked in this Sixers uniform style as well, as Chamberlain would become the first player in NBA history to record 25,000 points on February 23, 1968 while hosting the Detroit Pistons. While we have no other Chamberlain home jerseys from this season for comparison, the MEARS letter of examination provides a photocopied image of Chamberlain from that game wearing what appears to be the presented jersey based upon the closed upper portion of the number "3" on the chest.

    "Phila 13" adorns the front of the jersey in red and blue tackle twill, with a degree of dye bleeding accounting for the sole point lost in the MEARS assessment. Number "13" is repeated on reverse. Lower left front tail holds sweat-faded "Wilson [size] 44" label. It is the jersey design paired with the tagging format that assures this special vintage.

    Matching shorts are tagged "Wilson [size] 36" above an embroidered number "13" felt swatch. Strong and consistent wear is evident throughout the full ensemble.

    Ironclad provenance is the final jewel in the crown here, as a letter of provenance from the son of 76ers owner Irv Kosloff attends. LOA from MEARS, A9. LOA from Heritage Auctions. Letter of provenance from son of Philadelphia 76ers owner Irv Kosloff.






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