USPS creates longer stamp to accommodate 7'1'' Wilt Chamberlain

Friday December 5th, 2014

The U.S. Postal Service announced earlier this year that NBA great Wilt Chamberlain would appear on a series of memorial stamps, which were unveiled in October and will be dedicated on Friday

Chamberlain is 7-foot-1, which presumably makes him the tallest person ever to be displayed on postage. (He's the first NBA player ever to receive the honor.) It turns out the Postal Service had difficulty fitting Chamberlain's long frame on a normal-sized stamp, meaning Wilt stamps had to be extra long. 

From The New York Times

Now, Chamberlain, the only man to score 100 points in an N.B.A. game, will become the first player from the league to be honored with a postage stamp in his image. And fittingly enough, the two versions being issued by the Postal Service are nearly two inches long, or about a third longer than the usual stamp.

America is eagerly awaiting the Postal Service's future line of Muggsy Bogues stamps. 


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