Wilt Chamberlain to score two stamps of approval Friday

Extra Tall Limited Edition Forever Stamps Highlight Philadelphia and Los Angeles Careers

December 04, 2014

PHILADELPHIA — 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.

NBA players Julius Erving and Wali Jones will be among those dedicating the Wilt Chamberlain Forever stamps Dec. 5 at halftime when the Philadelphia 76ers host the Oklahoma City Thunder (tip-off at 7 p.m.). A video of Chamberlain’s accomplishments will highlight the ceremony. All 50 million stamps, available nationwide Friday morning, can be pre-ordered now.

“When it came to determining the first NBA player to be honored on a stamp, Wilt Chamberlain was a slam dunk,” said U.S. Postal Service General Counsel and Executive Vice President Tom Marshall. At 7ft. 1 in., ‘the Big Dipper’s’ physical stature, athleticism and talent helped him to dominate the NBA and to put an indelible mark on the NBA record books. We decided to portray his dominance on the court with two towering Forever stamps depicting Wilt in the uniforms of two of the NBA teams for which he played. Each are twice the size of the original Forever Stamp — the Liberty Bell. And what better place to dedicate Wilt’s stamps than his hometown — the City of Brotherly Love.”

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.

Read more at usps.com

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