The Daily: 1961-62 Fleer Wilt Chamberlain Rookie Card

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The Card: 1961-62 Fleer Wilt Chamberlain RC #8

1961-62 Fleer Wilt Chamberlain RC 350

On August 21, 1936, one of the NBA’s legends was born, Wilt Chamberlain. Whether he’s basketball’s greatest of all-time depends on who you talk to, but he’s certainly part of any serious conversation.

Chamberlain’s legend is a numbers game. In 1962, he became the first player in NBA history to score 100 points or more in a single game, something that hasn’t happened since. That season, he set another all-time record for points per game with 50.4. That was one of Chamberlain’s seven scoring titles.

Other accomplishments include a pair of NBA Championships, four MVP Awards, 13 All-Star Games and 11 rebounding titles.

Like the player depicted on the front, the 1961-62 Fleer Wilt Chamberlain is one of the hobby’s heavyweights. It’s a cardboard icon in the truest sense. Over the past couple of years, top-condition copies have sold at auction for as much as $45,000. Even mid-range versions consistently hit four figures.

For those looking for something significantly cheaper, Chamberlain has a second card on the checklist (#47) that’s a highlight-style one with the center going up for a dunk.

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Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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