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In the early 1990s, Shaquille O’Neal dominated the game as a rookie and it’s no surprise Shaquille O’Neal rookie cards were highly sought after.
Over the course of his 19-year NBA career, he won four championships, was named to the All-Star team 15 times, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016.
Many of his rookie cards are still quite affordable with a good number of them mass produced.
But there are a few of the former LA Lakers / Orlando Magic basketball star that are rare and therefore have great value on the market. Here’s a few currently listed for sale on eBay with links to the listings.
One of the most coveted Shaquille O’Neal rookie cards is the 1992 Classic Draft Pick Autograph Rookie Card.
These cards are numbered, and some subsets are very limited, making them rare and valuable. The prices for the more highly graded cards are currently listed for five-figures.
Another iconic Shaquille O’Neal rookie card is the 1992-93 Stadium Club Beam Team Rookie Card.
Shaquille O’Neal was included in one of the subsets released in Stadium Club, the “Beam Team.”
The prices for these cards can range from a couple of hundred dollars to $1,500, depending on how they are graded.
For collectors on a budget, the 1992-93 Topps Rookie Card is an excellent choice. These cards are more affordable than some of the other Shaquille O’Neal rookie cards on the market.
The gold parallel version is worth more, but the autographed regular card (graded for authenticity) is worth even more.
The 1992-93 Shaquille O’Neal Upper Deck Rookie Card is also a favorite for many basketball card collectors. This card was released during Shaq’s rookie season with the Orlando Magic, and it features a cool design with an action shot of the big center.
MORE INFO ON SHAQ: Widely considered one of the greatest centers in the history of basketball, Shaq was known for his size, athleticism, and dominance in the paint.
He began his basketball career at Louisiana State University, where he played for three seasons, scoring an average of 21.6 points and 14.7 rebounds per game during his college career.
After three years at LSU, Shaq was selected as the first overall pick in the 1992 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic. He made an immediate impact in the league, averaging 23.4 points, 13.9 rebounds, and 3.5 blocks per game in his rookie season.
Not surprisingly, he was named the 1992-1993 NBA Rookie of the Year and was a member of the All-Rookie First Team.
Then in 1996, Shaq signed with the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent, where he would play for eight seasons. He experience his greatest professional success here, winning three consecutive NBA championships (2000-2002) and was named the NBA Finals MVP in each of those championship seasons.
He also won the 2000 NBA Most Valuable Player award and was selected to the All-NBA First Team four times during his time with the Lakers.
Shaq also played for the Miami Heat, the Phoenix Suns, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Boston Celtics. He won his fourth NBA championship with the Heat in 2006. Shaq retired from the NBA in 2011 after a 19-year career in which he averaged 23.7 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game.
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