A Pennsylvania man was recently chatting with a friend about attending one of the most famous games in NBA history.
“I still have my ticket stub,” Sam Verdini told him about the night in Hershey, PA when they saw Wilt Chamberlain score an unfathomable 100 points in a 169-147 Philadelphia Warriors win over the New York Knicks.
Verdini went home and dug the well-worn stub out of a junk drawer at his home and went in search of someone local who might be able to tell him if it was indeed “worth something” as his friend suggested.
Shawn Vuocolo of Finding Nostalgia was glad to confirm that even in rough shape, the stub would attract plenty of potential buyers.
Vuocolo took charge of getting the stub authenticated and graded by PSA, which rated it a 1.5.
Now, it’s on its way to Robert Edward Auctions and what should be a nice high five figure payday—at least.
“It is fantastic. It couldn’t have cost me more than a couple of dollars back in 1962,” Verdini told WNEP-TV.
The stub is gone from the junk drawer for good and will be in REA’s November auction.
There’s a Chamberlain stub on eBay right now with a $479,000 asking price.