Wilt Chamberlain 1972-72 Topps #1 PSA 9
I've told the story several times that when I turned 9 years old, my parents bought me a Karl Malone rookie card for my birthday that easily represented the most memorable birthday present of my youth. For them, they knew that card was my #1 card. When the time came to purchase it they called all the shops in the valley, and only one had a Malone rookie - which they were selling for full book value of $60. But before they had found it they had located a 1972 Wilt #1 which they were going to buy had they not found the Malone. They knew I was mesmerized by the story of Wilt's career acheivements. Vintage basketball will always be my first cardboard love - and no years represent that better than 69-72.
The 1972 Topps set, along with 1971 represent the beginning of normal sized Topps cards. Before 1971, Topps used the famous "Tall Boys Dimensions" - then, excluding the jumbo 1976-77's, every year from 71-81 used the normal dimensions. But the colors on 71 and 72 are easily my favorite.
While I'd like to land one of the 5 existing PSA 10's, I don't know how likely it is that I'd ever afford one or even get a chance. Meanwhile, with less than 100 PSA 9's in existence, this one, in this condition fits the bill for me in terms of rarity and sentiment. A gorgeous front, back, all the important stats and great eye appeal to boot. #wilt #wiltchamberlain #wiltchamberlaincards #the27guy #1972toppsbasketball #psagraded #whodoyoucollect #lakers #newlabel