Wilt Chamberlain Signed AUTO circa 1973-74 San Diego Conquistadors ABA 8x10 Photo PSA/DNA LOA

Wilt retired from the Los Angeles Lakers after the 1972-73 season because, as he would state later, he was "mentally saturated with basketball." That saturation did not last long, as he signed a contract ($1.8 million over three years) to become the player-coach of the San Diego Conquistadors of the ABA in September of 1973. After playing in four exhibition games for the Q's, a court injunction (stemming from contractual obligations with the Lakers) barred him continuing as a player so he served only in the capacity as head coach. Wilt was known to dominate his players on the court during practices and coach barefoot during regular season games. After one season, Wilt retired from pro basketball for good.

Offered is a team issued 8x10 photograph of Chamberlain wearing a San Diego Q’s road jersey and holding an official ABA basketball.  The left side of the photo holds a facsimile signature, and the right side is actually hand signed by Wilt during the 1973/74 season in vintage black ink (flair pen).

Additionally, as a bonus, the photo comes with a 1974 typed letter on Q's letterhead "from the desk of Alex Groza, Vice President and General Manager" referencing the previous photo.  It’s not signed by Alex Groza (of Kentucky Basketball fame), but it’s a nice piece of ABA history that provides some context and provenance of the signed photo.

We’ve never seen a vintage signed photo of Wilt in ABA uniform.  This is exceedingly rare!

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Item: 12242

Price: $1,949.00
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Wilt Chamberlain Signed AUTO circa 1973-74 San Diego Conquistadors ABA 8x10 Photo PSA/DNA LOA