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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1992 FLEER # 401 SHAQUILLE O'NEAL PSA MINT 9 CARD
$14.45
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Shaquille O'Neal 5 card rookie lot (4) Topps + (1) Ultra
$4.99
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1993-94 skybox premium shaq talk #6 SHAQ 9.0 bgs
$3.99
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1996-97 topps hobby masters #hm11 shaq 8.5 bgs
$9.99
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1998-99 SPx Finite #83 Shaquille O'Neal numbered 10000 Lakers LSU
$3.25
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1999-2000 Finest KOBE BRYANT Double Feature Refractor with SHAQUILLE ONEAL #DF14
$9.99
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1995 UPPER DECK SP CHAMPIONSHIP SHOT SHAQUILLE O'NEAL DIE CUT FOIL BACK INSERT
$12.99
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Shaquille O'Neal 1996 SPx #35 Orlando Magic
$3.00
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2013 Shaquille O' Neal Timeless Treasures
$20.00
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Shaquille O'neal 1993-94 Classic Gold Card #104 Orlando Magic
$0.99
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2003 Upper Deck Shaquille O'Neal Double Diamond Jersey 44 75
$19.99
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SHAQUILLE O'NEAL SHAQ 50 CARD LOT $250+ REFRACTOR ROOKIE RC INSERTS BASE SP
$12.25
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LOT OF 10 1992-93 FLEER ULTRA SHAQUILLE O'NEAL ROOKIE CARDS-EXCELLENT CONDITION
$9.99
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LOT OF 10 1992-93 FLEER SHAQUILLE O'NEAL ROOKIE CARDS-EXCELLENT CONDITION
$9.99
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1992 - 1993 Topps Stadium Club Beam Team Shaquille O'Neal Orlando Magic #21...
$49.99
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LOT OF 10 1992-93 UPPER DECK SHAQUILLE O'NEAL ROOKIE CARDS-EXCELLENT CONDITION
$13.03
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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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Shaquille O'Neal Shaq Signed Autographed I O Lakers Basketball Ball Blck PSA DNA
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Shaquille O'Neal Shaq Signed Autographed I O Lakers Basketball Ball Silv PSA DNA
$189.99
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Shaquille O'Neal Shaq Hand Signed Autographed Jersey Los Angeles Lakers PSA DNA
$199.99
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Shaquille O'Neal Shaq Hand signed Autograph Custom Framed Lakers Jersey PSA DNA
$529.99
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Shaquille O'Neal Shaq Hand Signed Autograph Custom Framed Lakers Jersey PSA DNA
$579.99
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SHAQUILLE O'NEAL "SHAQ" AUTOGRAPH SIGNED NBA LA LAKERS JERSEY JSA COA
$489.95
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Shaquille O'Neal Signed Dec 1992 Hoop Magazine Auto Autograph GAI Certified
$89.99
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SHAQUILLE O'NEAL AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED OFFICIAL NBA I O BASKETBALL w JSA LAKERS
$299.99
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SHAQUILLE O'NEAL LAKERS SIGNED AUTO #34 JERSEY WITH MOUNTED MEMORIES STICKER
$399.99
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SHAQUILLE SHAQ O'NEAL AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED LSU TIGERS 16X20 PURPLE ACTION w PSA
$199.99
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Shaquille Shaq O'Neal SIGNED Los Angeles Lakers Nike Jersey PSA DNA AUTOGRAPHED
$625.00
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RARE SHAQUILLE O'NEAL SHAQ ROOKIE SIGNED NL LEAGUE BASEBALL JSA COA NBA AUTO
$175.00
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LAKERS SHAQUILLE O'NEAL SIGNED AUTHENTIC 11X14 PHOTO AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA #Q45284
$124.99
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SUNS SHAQUILLE O'NEAL SIGNED AUTHENTIC 11X14 PHOTO AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA #S33339
$124.99
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LAKERS SHAQUILLE O'NEAL SIGNED AUTHENTIC 11X14 PHOTO AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA #I85320
$124.99
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SHAQUILLE O'NEAL SIGNED AUTO AUTOGRAPH BECKETT CUT PSA DNA LA LAKERS C57748
$48.97
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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a life-long sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as college basketball and 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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