One of the most famous pictures in NBA history is Wilt Chamberlain holding a "100" paper sign depicting his epic 100-game performance in 1962. Until today, Chamberlain's 100-point performance is the most any player has scored in NBA history and is the reason why this corresponding picture will likely be remembered forever.
Aside from the epic picture, what will also be remembered forever (at least by the customer) is the official scorecard of Chamberlain's 100-point game. The scoresheet that Chamberlain autographed after the game was sold in 2019.
According to SCP Auctions (one of America's largest auctioneers & private sellers of essential sports cards & memorabilia), it was sold for an insane amount of $214,579.
"This scoresheet, with such well-documented provenance, may be the most important, authentic piece that collectors ever have a chance to acquire," SCP Auctions Director Brendan Wells said, as reported by TMZ Sports.
The story behind the stat sheet
The valuable stat sheet was sold in 2019 because Chamberlain and his family kept it with them for 37 years as a treasured memory. It was only in 1999 when Chamberlain's family members gifted it to one of his closest friends, who eventually gave it for auction after keeping it with him for years.
A mind-blogging amount
The folks at SCP Auctions expected the stat sheet to only sell for as high as $100k. But it turns out the stat sheet is so memorable that it sold for a mind-blogging amount of $214,579. Granted, this had a lot to do with the historic career of Wilt Chamberlain, whose 100-point performance only added to his case as one of the best basketball players of all time.
For those that missed Chamberlain's era, he was considered as one of the best scorers during his time. Not only is he a two-time champion but also a four-time league MVP, seven-time scoring champion, ten-time All-Star, one-time finals MVP, and 11-time rebounds per game champion.
So to say that Chamberlain was indeed a dominant player during his time is an understatement.
Aside from the 100-points the Philadelphia Warrior scored in March 1962, the four-time champion averaged 50.4 points and 25.7 rebounds per game that year and was shooting 50.6 % from the field. Sadly, Chamberlain and the Warriors lost to the Boston Celtics after Bill Russell held the former to average 33.6 points per game.
Nevertheless, Chamberlain's legendary career will always be remembered. It's a big reason why his 100-point game scoresheet sold for $214,579. If this was the value of the stats sheet in 2019, what more 25 years from now? It's worth keeping track of.