Shaquille O'Neal Cards, Rookie Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Shaquille O'Neal

Date of Birth: 3/6/1972
Rookie Card Year: 1992-93
Investment Rating: 7.5


Overview
Shaquille O'Neal had a rare combination of dominant on-court ability and an engaging and fun-loving off-court personality. This combination endeared Shaq to fans and collectors alike. When he burst onto the NBA scene, collectors took notice immediately and the chase for Shaquille O'Neal cards pushed products to record high values. Although the values have since leveled off, there is still a special place in basketball collecting for O'Neal and his particular brand of play.

At this point, there is little short-term investment opportunities for Shaquille O'Neal memorabilia due to his retirement at the end of the 2010-11 season. Once he becomes a member of the NBA Hall of Fame, his values should see a healthy bump and his autograph should hold steady unless he abuses the autograph circuit like Pete Rose. Shaquille O'Neal cards should follow suit.

Shaquille O'Neal's NBA licensed rookie cards, of which he has seven, all hail from 1992-93 products. However, it was the small Classic company that was able to secure Shaq's first autographed card. The company signed O'Neal to an exclusive autograph deal in the short window that existed between the end of his NCAA eligibility and the NBA Draft. These cards can be found in 1992 Classic Draft and 1992 Classic Gold Draft As a result, they command top dollar and are treated by collectors as autographed rookie cards but technically, do not qualify to be categorized as such.

Shaquille O'Neal Rookie Card Checklist

1992-93 Fleer Basketball Shaquille O'Neal RC #401

Shaq Fleer rc Image

A dark time, indeed, for card design. The matted colors and gold border do not do Shaq justice. However, it is interesting to see a standing image of Shaq and see how skinny he used to be.

1992-93 Hoops Basketball Shaquille O'Neal RC #442

Shaq Hoops RC Image
The Hoops card shows a classic two-handed Shaq dunk that would become a trademark of his career. The crisp white border flows decently and make it easy to spot wear and tear.

1992-93 SkyBox Baketball Shaquille O'Neal RC #382 (SP)

Shaq Skybox RC Image
The first of two short prints, the SkyBox card wins the award for most color based on the seemingly pointless and somewhat transparent red background that engulfs the top half of the card.

1992-93 Stadium Club Basketball Shaquille O'Neal RC #247

Shaq Stadium Club RC Image
Another plain card that is given a little character with an interesting image. One wonders if Shaq plans to dunk the ball or eat it.

1992-93 Topps Basketball Shaquille O'Neal RC #362

Shaq Topps RC Image
Another full-length shot with white border, this card suffers from a pixellated image that greatly cheapens the look of the card. Be on the lookout for the short printed Topps Gold parallel of this card, which is one of the most underrated (and undervalued) of all Shaquille O'Neal cards.

1992-93 Ultra Basketball Shaquille O'Neal RC #328

Shaq Ultra RC Image

The Ultra card definitely took a chance at being different and the gold foil gave the card a distinct look. The faux-marble design on the bottom seems out-of-place.

1992-93 Upper Deck Basketball Shaquille O'Neal RC #1 (SP)

Shaq UD RC Image

The cream of the crop, the Upper Deck card is one that collectors seek most fiercely. It also maintains the highest value of the group. It showcased the only non-game image used on a Shaquille O'Neal rookie card, featuring him at three separate points as he progresses though a dunk. Adding to the appeal is the fact that this is one of Shaq's few short printed rookie cards.

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2013-14 Immaculate KOBE BRYANT, MAGIC JOHNSON & SHAQUILLE O'NEAL Patch #'d 10
$152.50
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RARE SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 2004 05 TOPPS CHROME REFRACTOR CARD #158 - MINT!!!
$2.99
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2001 Topps Chrome Refractor SHAQUILLE O'NEAL #1 Basketball Card PSA 10
$65.00
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2013-14 13 14 Immaculate Kobe Bryant Shaquille Oneal James Harden Patch 4 10
$42.89
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1992 Topps Draft Pick Shaquille O'Neal # 362
$0.99
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1998 - 99 98 - 99 Spx Finite Star Power Shaquille Oneal 4902 5400 #139
$0.50
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2004-05 Fleer Skybox Premium Shaquille O'Neal
$1.50
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SHAQ SHAQUILLE O'NEAL GRADED RC AND INSERT LOT 1992 93 COMPLETE SET ++ FREE S
$88.00
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2009 PANINI STUDIO LEBRON JAMES SHAQUILLE O'NEAL186 199 PSA 10..!! FREE SHIPPING
$98.00
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SHAQUILLE O'NEAL MAGIC 1994-95 HOOPS ALL-STAR #231
$0.59
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SHAQUILLE O'NEAL - 1998 Topps Illuminator # T2b - NRMT-MT
$10.00
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SHAQUILLE SHAQ O'NEAL 1995 THE SCORE BOARD CKLST #50
$0.59
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Original Shaquille O'Neal Rookie Card 1992-93 Upper Deck SP RC #1 Book Value $25
$8.00
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1994-95 UPPER DECK BASKETBALL SHAQUILLE O'NEAL CARD #32
$0.50
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SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 1999-00 SKYBOX EX EXCEPTIONAL CARD #12 ' THE DADDY' LAKERS HOF!
$15.99
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Shaquille O'Neal heat 2005-06 Topps Big Game BLUE #d 35 99
$4.00
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Autograph Guide

Shaquille O'Neal Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Shaquille O'Neal's authentic signature looks like. This can be used as a first point of reference for determining the legitimacy of autograph memorabilia, but is not a substitute for having your items authenticated by a well-respected professional autograph authentication company. Reputable authentication companies include JSA, PSA, Panini Authentic and Mounted Memories to name a few. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Shaquille O'Neal Cut Signature Exemplar

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Shaquille O'Neal Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Shaquille O'Neal signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics, depending on when in his career the item was signed. Other characteristics that play into his signature style are the particular item and venue. Look for the following signature features:

  1. The entire signature is largely indecipherable and instead, collectors should look for character traits and not specific letters.
  2. A small triangle shaped character starts the signature with a long extending line on about a 45 degree angle over and past the length of the entire autograph.
  3. The second line of the triangle is much shorter and curves away from the first line towards its end; picture a printed "J" at the end of the shorter line.
  4. A figure "8" type character with the top loop flattened, follows.
  5. Finishing the signature is a fish -hook shaped line on its side.

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PSA Authentic Signed 1992 Classic 4 Sport Shaquille Shaq O'Neal Auto
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SHAQ SHAQUILLE O'NEAL LAKERS 1998 Z FORCE SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED CARD #196 JSA CERT.
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SHAQUILLE SHAQ O'NEAL SIGNED LOS ANGELES LAKERS MITCHELL & NESS JERSEY PSA DNA
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SHAQUILLE SHAQ O'NEAL AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED LOS ANGELES LAKERS 16X20 w PSA
$199.99
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Autographed NBA Shaquille O'Neal Heat Signed Jersey - JSA COA
$399.99
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SHAQUILLE SHAQ O'NEAL SIGNED 16x20 CANVAS PHOTO AUTO AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA LAKERS
$239.99
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SHAQUILLE SHAQ O'NEAL SIGNED 16x20 CANVAS ROOKIE PHOTO AUTO AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA UD
$239.99
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SHAQUILLE SHAQ O'NEAL SIGNED 16x20 CANVAS ROOKIE PHOTO AUTO AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA
$239.99
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VERY RARE PSA DNA MINT 9 SHAQUILLE SHAQ O'NEAL 1992 CLASSIC DP SIGNED RC LSU
$54.99
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SHAQUILLE O'NEAL SIGNED JSA COA 8X10 PHOTO AUTO AUTOGRAPHED ORLANDO MAGIC SHAQ
$79.99
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SHAQUILLE O'NEAL SIGNED JSA & MM COA 113 134 8X10 PHOTO AUTO AUTOGRAPHED SHAQ
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SHAQUILLE O'NEAL Signed 1992 All-Star Card JSA
$44.99
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SHAQUILLE O'NEAL Signed 1994 Skybox Card JSA
$44.99
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SHAQUILLE O'NEAL Signed 93 94 Upper Deck 3x5 Card JSA
$52.99
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SHAQUILLE O'NEAL Signed 1992 Flash Backs Card JSA
$44.99
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SHAQUILLE O'NEAL Signed LAKERS 8x10 photo + PSA DNA COA 4A80660
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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. As an adult, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim, and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute.

User Comments

  1. what is the value of a mint condition 1992 -1993 upper deck
    Basketball #1 SP

  2. Hi Trey,

    Is this the updated rookie list for shaq? I have seen so many others while searching and some are more expensive then the ones here, both on bgs, psa price guide

  3. Allan » We only try to list the officially licensed NBA rookie cards for each player. Shaq is one of those players that commanded so much attention when he first emerged that collectors chased anything with his image. Many of the inserts from his rookie season, like Beam Team, were more popular and valuable than the actual rookie cards. Further complicating things, upon turning pro, Shaq signed an exclusive with Classic, so his actual first cards came from them in the form of 1992 Classic Basketball and 1992 Classic Four Sport. Classic took advantage of this exclusive by producing several Shaq “rookie” cards, including numbered and autographed versions. I’m not sure if you were referring to the Classic cards. In addition to the Classic stuff, there is also a Panini sticker card from his rookie year.

  4. Hi Trey,

    Thanks for clearing that up for me,

    The cards I was looking at were the following,

    1992 Stadium Club Beam Team / +Members Only version, which is priced a fair bit more then the rest.

    1992 Hoops Draft Redemption

    Are they worth it to add to my collection? The classics don’t interest me, way to many of them to start with lol

    Thanks again

  5. I have a Shaquille O’Neal gold card. is it worth anything?

  6. I have a signed photo of shaq dunking against the sixers. it is encased in glass mounted on a blackboard. It has the official NBA product code number:
    158836180. It is in perfect condition, kept in a box.
    can you give me some price range where you would have interest in buying ?
    Thank you.

  7. Hi, I’m just wondering the worth of the 1992-93 Upper Deck Basketball #1 (SP) signed card. Thanks

  8. I have a 93-94 shaq / hardaway top draft pick one of 15,000 sports stars USA card I can’t find it anywhere I have looked to find the value would like to know its worth

  9. hello I have a 1992-93 Topps #362 Shaquille O’Neal RC but its gold printed on the bottom right front corner was wondering if you could give me a possible price of signed and unsigned of this card?

  10. I have a 92-93 Shaq card with the gold 92 draft pick in the lower right hand coner ,,whats it worth ty

  11. I have the one of the “1992 Shaquille O’Neal Classic Draft Picks Gold Certified Autographed (1 of 8500) card.” It’s #’d 0001/8500 right above his signature. I know the lower the number, the more value it has, so I was hopping you’d have an idea of what the value would be for the card?

  12. …have SkyBox Shaquille O’neal rookie card. Can you help me value it? Ronnie

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