The Philadelphia 76ers’ giveaway of small squares of the original court where Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in a single game went well last Friday night. So well, many of them are selling on eBay for more than the cost of a ticket.
The Sixers acquired the court from Hershey Entertainment and Sports last month. It was on that floor in Hershey where Chamberlain set what will likely be an unbreakable NBA record in 1962, hitting the century mark against the New York Knicks in front of about 4,000 fans at the Hershey Sports Arena.
Wilt shot 36-of-63 from the floor and 28-of-32 from the foul line, which was especially impressive given that he shot only 51.1% from the line for his career.
The court had been in storage since the 1970s. Part of it was left in Hershey, where it will go on display. The Sixers will donate another section to the Basketball Hall of Fame and display some of it inside team facilities. The rest was cut up and given away last week, with each little block attached to a 5×7 photo card (you can watch Comcast’s coverage of the giveaway and Chamberlain tribute here).
Almost immediately after the game, many of the specially mounted 2”x 2” pieces were listed on eBay, with most selling for $75-150. Several dozen have sold with about 60 others currently available. Click here to see them. It’s not known exactly how many were handed out.