The Hobby Experience #1

Discover a Wilt Chamberlain Topps Classic

Date: Apr 23, 2024
Author: Samuel C. Evans
Topics: #thehobbyexperience, How To Collect, samuel c. evans, wilt chamberlain
Length: 601 Words
Reading Time: ~4 Minutes

What’s going on, all my hobby collectors? Welcome to #thehobbyexperience! As you go on this explorative journey with me, you will see and learn what #thehobbyexperience is all about!

Simply put: #thehobbyexperience is Me, You, and Us!

Get ready as I share what my hobby world looks, feels, and sounds like through my card of the month and PC journey. I will also highlight unique and nostalgic cardboard stories and community-centered cardboard experiences.


Card of the Month: 1971-72 Topps Basketball #70

Wilt Chamberlain


Psa Report:

• Near Mint – 7
• PSA Price Guide Value -$475

purchase details:

• I purchased this slab at the Philly Cardshow in the Winter of 2023 in Oaks, PA.

did you know:

• According to The Cardboard Connection, the 1971-72 Topps Basketball card is number eight on Wilt Chamberblain’s top ten cards to PC.

As a Philadelphia native, it’s only fitting that my first card for Topps Ripped #thehobbyexperience pays homage to one of the city’s most iconic natives: Wilt Chamberlain. 

At its best, my hobby experience with the 1971-72 Topps Basketball #70 Wilt Chamberlain card has been a fun, engaging, and inspiring four-year journey. At its most frustrating, my attempts to collect this card have taught me patience, to read the fine print, and that last-minute auction snipers are a part of the process. But let me unpack the positive side of my experience with this classic Topps Wilt Chamberlain.

In our cardboard ecosystem and outside of it, I consider myself the “ULTIMATE” Wilt Chamberlain connoisseur, both as a collector of his cards and his Goliath-like basketball story.

When it comes to the “most iconic card ever conversation,” I think his 1961 Fleer Rookie Card is the most iconic rookie card of the 20th Century and ever created. Also, I believe wholeheartedly and emphatically that Wilt Chamberlain is the basketball GOAT—and I am willing to stand “ten toes down” debating with anyone about Wilt’s status as the most dominant and greatest of all time. So, whenever I read something about Wilt’s GOAT status or a ranking list connected to his cards, I tend to be a “little” biased. Don’t believe me… When I saw a recent card list of the top ten Wilt Chamberlain cards, I immediately trashed their list because I believe the top cards in Wilt’s cardboard catalog should be from his playing days. While the two modern autos on the top ten of Wilt’s list are nice, I believe the second-best card in Wilt’s cardboard catalog is his 1971-72 Topps Basketball card (PERIODT!)—no pun or harm intended; I just wanted to put some RESPECT on Wilt’s 71-72 Topps Basketball card.

Wilt’s 1971-72 Topps Basketball card is hard not to love. Why? First and foremost, the card’s design is the epitome of pop culture nostalgia. Since 2020, every collector I spoke with about my desire to own my second favorite Wilt card all referenced the “Los Angeles” font and the Wilt Chamberlain image. They described the font as a visual homage to the groovy ’70s and the image of Wilt as the epitome of the 8th Wonder of The World. These nostalgic descriptions are why Wilt’s 71-72 Topps Basketball card is the second-best card in Wilt’s cardboard catalog and in my top ten Wilt PC.

If you are a fan and collector of Wilt Chamberlain and love nostalgic cards, I encourage you to add this classic Wilt card to your PC. I guarantee the visual nostalgia will take your breath away!

#thehobbyexperience—If you want to share a cardboard story or communal cardboard experience, please email me at thehobbyexperience12@gmail.com

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