Fans sell squares of Wilt’s 100-point floor

Fans receive a mounted 2"x2" piece of the original court on which Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain scored his NBA-record 100 points in a basketball game as a member of the Philadelphia Warriors on March 2, 1962, in Hershey, Pa., before an NBA basketball game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Golden State Warriors, Friday, March 2, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Fans receive a mounted 2"x2" piece of the original court on which Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain scored his NBA-record 100 points in a basketball game as a member of the Philadelphia Warriors on March 2, 1962, in Hershey, Pa., before an NBA basketball game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Golden State Warriors, Friday, March 2, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (AP)
Posted: March 07, 2012

On Friday, in an unusual giveaway, the Sixers handed fans commemorative pieces of the basketball court on which Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points.

Not surprisingly, quite a few have already found their way to eBay.

Some prices fetched wouldn't quite cover a family visit to a game at the Wells Fargo Center - counting parking, food and beverages - but $50 to $260 isn't bad for a 2-inch square of wood.

Of course, it's not just any wood, but the floor on which a Hall of Fame legend, who went to Overbrook High, set an NBA record that no one has ever threatened. It happened 50 years before, on March 2, 1962, as the Philadelphia Warriors took on the New York Knicks in Hershey, Pa.

Next highest was the 81 that Lower Merion's Kobe Bryant scored on Jan. 22, 2006.

(Chamberlain, who died in 1999, was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in 1965, a few seasons after the Warriors moved to San Francisco.)

As of this morning, about 150 pieces had been sold, another 90 were up for sale, routinely including an accompanying copy of a game-day picture of Chamberlain holding a sign reading "100."

Many of the pricier examples were pitched as "rare" for having paint, usually green. The highest price fetched was $360, but that was for a set of six.

Two optimists asked for $1,000 without success, and a couple of requests for about $200 also failed.

Generally, the items seemed to be averaging around Wilt's magic number - $100.

Only a little such action had also happened on Craig's List, according to a search.

The Sixers kept sections of the floor for display at the Wells Fargo Center, the Sixers practice facility and Hershey Sports Arena.


Contact staff writer Peter Mucha at 215-854-4342 or pmucha@phillynews.com.

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