1958 Harlem Globetrotters Featuring Wilt Chamberlain Broadside Cardboard Arena Poster 22x14
Original 1958 Harlem Globetrotters Featuring Wilt Chamberlain Broadside
Denied the option of entering the NBA prior to completing his studies at the University of Kansas, history's greatest "big man" opted for a year of play with the Harlem Globetrotters, earning the astronomical sum of $50,000 for his year of service. Here we find one of the few surviving artifacts from that brief partnership, printed to promote a March 11th game at the Toledo Sports Arena. Terrific color artwork is from the pen and mind of famed The Sporting News cartoonist Willard Mullin, best remembered as the creator of the Brooklyn Dodgers' mascot Bum. The poster measures 14x22" in size, and only reveals a few scattered wrinkles (mostly at the bottom) and the back has some tape residue from where it must have been taped to the wall for the events promotion.
Back in the 1950's the NBA did not accept players who had not finished their last year of studies. Therefore, Chamberlain was prohibited from joining the NBA for a year, so Abe Saperstein decided to offer him $50,000 to play for the 1958 Harlem Globetrotters and Wilt accepted.
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