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    1965-66 Wilt Chamberlain Signed Game Worn Philadelphia 76ers Jersey - From Second MVP Season! MEARS A8.5. No athlete in the history of sports was as dominating as Wilt Chamberlain was during his fourteen-year pro career. Wilt still holds more than seventy NBA records, even though he hasn't played in the league for forty-three years.

    We all know about the 100-point game. But he is also the only center ever to lead the NBA is assists, the only player ever to record a double triple-double (22 points, 25 rebounds, 21 assists), and he never fouled out of a game. Furthermore, he was the centerpiece on two monumental title teams: the 1967 Philadelphia 76ers, which ended the Boston's eight-year stranglehold on the NBA title, and the 1972 Los Angeles Lakers, which established an unthinkable thirty-three-game winning streak, the longest in the history of team sports.

    Wilt's records are utterly otherworldly and most will probably never be broken. Still, over the years, many fans and pundits have put forth arguments which have tried to explain away Wilt's ability and records.

    The first is that Bill Russell used to shut down and outplay Wilt. The Big Dipper averaged 28.7 points and 28.7 rebounds versus Russell, including seven fifty-point games, and a 29-36-13-17 quadruple double in the clinching game of the 1967 Eastern Conference Finals. Wilt said it best: "Bill Russell didn't guard me; the entire Celtic team guarded me. They would have two and three guys on me all the time. Russell was just the guy that stood behind me."

    The second is that Wilt played against centers much smaller than he was. Again incorrect. The nine starting centers of 1961-62 averaged 6-11 in height which is on par with the modern era.

    The third is that Wilt was only great because of his size. Wrong again. He was an NCAA high jump champion with a vertical jump over forty inches who could bench 500 pounds and dunk with players hanging on his back. Kansas City Chiefs Coach Hank Stram asked Wilt to tryout for the Chiefs in 1964, when he was twenty-eight, and timed him at 4.6 seconds in the! Think about that. A 7-1 man who weighed 275 pounds ran a faster forty fifty years ago barefoot than NFL All-Pro wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

    On offer here is Wilt's 1965-66 Philadelphia 76ers road jersey. For that season, Wilt led the NBA in scoring (33.5 per game), rebounding (24.6 per game), field goal percentage (.540), and minutes (47.3 per game), while ranking fifth in assists (5.2 per game). During the playoffs, Wilt stepped it up and averaged an NBA Playoffs record 30.2 rebounds per game.

    The jersey is a rare one-year style that is incredibly distinctive and unique, featuring a fire engine red durene blend with "Phila" sitting directly under the Big Dipper's identifying "13" on the front and back, all in white tackle twill. There are two tags residing inside the tail: the local "Pearson" tag and a beautiful rectangular red felt swatch with "40 65 13" chain-embroidered in white thread, signifying the size, year and player number. Furthermore, Dippy graciously affixed his autograph and number to the verso in Mint black sharpie.

    In addition to its rarity as one-year style and the fact that it was worn by a Hall of Famer during the peak of his career, this jersey is also important because it represents a watershed year for Chamberlain. By adding the increased dimension of playmaking to his already lofty skill set, Wilt raised his and his teammates' level of play to such a high degree that he was now finally recognized as the best player in the game, earning his second league MVP in the process. It would be his first of three straight MVP awards and it laid the groundwork for the 76ers championship season of 1967. A museum-quality piece. LOA from Heritage Auctions. LOA from MEARS, A8.5.

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    November, 2017
    19th Sunday
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