Wilt Chamberlain Stamps Debut Today
As if you needed another reason to go see the suddenly red-hot 76ers: Tonight, when the team hosts the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Wells Fargo Center, there will be a first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the much-anticipated Wilt Chamberlain postage stamp honoring the Philly hoops legend.
Put another way: Tonight, at the first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the much-anticipated Wilt Chamberlain postage stamp, there will be a basketball game.
The pride of Overbook High is the first NBA player to be immortalized in the hallowed halls of philately. Punneth the USPS:
The icon whose dominance literally changed the rules of basketball returns to center court Friday to receive a stamping ovation when he becomes the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) first player to be immortalized on a U.S. postage stamp.
Julius Erving and Wali Jones will be on hand for the halftime ceremony, where the fittingly oversized (over two inches tall!) Antonio Alcalá–designed stamps will be made available for purchase. Fans can buy them on the concourse and, also fittingly, outside the arena next to The Stilt’s statue. And you can join the fun on social media:
Starting at the 7 p.m. tipoff and throughout the game, current and past NBA players will participate in a “Twitter Huddle” — an online chat using the hashtag #WiltStamp that will include a trivia quiz.
Of course, if you’re worried that you’ll somehow jinx the team’s one-game winning streak by attending, you can also order online.