Few relics exist from the March 2, 1962 game in Hershey, PA in which Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points, a single game record that still stands and isn’t likely to be broken. One big one, however, is about to go up for sale.
SCP Auctions will sell the score sheet kept that night by long-time media statistician Toby DeLuca in its spring auction. Signed by Chamberlain, it’s expected to sell for a six-figure price. The scorecard kept by the Knicks sold for $100,000 in 2012.
Played in Hershey, PA, memories of the game exist only in the minds of those who were there. There was no telecast, no video of the game has surfaced and only the fourth quarter of one of the radio broadcasts. A crowd of just over 4,000 was in attendance for a Warriors “home” game played outside Philadelphia, a common practice as the NBA attempted to grow its fan base.
Pieces of the floor, stored for years, were given away by the 76ers as part of a game-night promotion during the 50th anniversary of Chamberlain’s performance and a limited number of surviving programs and ticket stubs from the game are treasured—and valuable artifacts. The fate of Chamberlain’s uniform has never been uncovered.
The sheet was kept by DeLuca for the Warriors’ WCAU radio play-by-play voice, Bill Campbell. He kept it as a favorite heirloom until his death in 2011. At the time, DeLuca’s widow gave it to the consignor, who was a long-time friend of the family.
The sheet reveals Chamberlain’s parade of field goals, one that the usual space was too small to accommodate. His tallies extended to the row below as the wild shootout ended with a 169-147 Warriors win. DeLuca switched to a red pen to mark Chamberlain’s scoring in the second half, a fact documented in Gary Pomeranz’s book, Wilt 1962. It is autographed “Best Wishes, Wilt Chamberlain,” a signature believed to have been added the night of the game.
Bidding will run from April 10-27 with registration underway at SCPAuctions.com. Consignments for the auction are still being accepted.