Top Hakeem Olajuwon Cards for Basketball Collectors to Own

Top Hakeem Olajuwon Cards for Basketball Collectors to Own

Hakeem Olajuwon was one of the most versatile big men in NBA history and a highly-productive player during his entire career. "The Dream" enjoyed a very successful run at center on both offense and defense, and Hakeem Olajuwon cards remain popular in his retirement.

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Born in Nigeria, Hakeem Olajuwon did not play basketball until he was 15, but he caught on quickly. By the end of his career, the towering Olajuwon was a 12-time All-Star and two-time NBA Champion and Finals MVP. He also was the 1994 regular season MVP. His signature "Dream Shake" best showcases the impressive athleticism that the seven-footer possessed. View a video of the top ten Hakeem Olajuwon NBA plays.

In spite of this success, many Hakeem Olajuwon autographed cards can regularly be found under $50, including some of his premium options.

The following list includes the top ten Hakeem Olajuwon cards available today. Are there any Hakeem Olajuwon cards that you think deserve a spot? Mention them in the comments.

Top 10 Hakeem Olajuwon Cards

The cards are listed in chronological order. Click on the links and images to shop for singles on eBay.

1984-85 Star Hakeem Olajuwon #237

Although the Star Co. brand has long received mixed reviews from the collecting world because of the counterfeit and reprint issues and incredibly limited distribution, there is no discounting its significance as the first NBA-licensed card for multiple star players, including Hakeem Olajuwon. The vivid orange border is eye-catching, but the design is relatively simple. The 1984-85 Star Hakeem Olajuwon card is one of the toughest cards from the set to find in a high grade.

Additionally, collectors may notice a name discrepancy on early Hakeem Olajuwon cards. This 1984-85 release was the first of several cards that lists Olajuwon's name as Akeem, as opposed to the more-familiar Hakeem. Olajuwon changed the spelling of his name from Akeem to Hakeem in 1991.

1984 85 Star Hakeem Olajuwon 237 210x300 Image

1986-87 Fleer Akeem Olajuwon RC #82

Despite releasing two years after the Star Company card, many still view the 1986-87 Fleer card as the true Hakeem Olajuwon rookie card. The colorful border and glossy finish gives a high-quality design that was not common at the time. There is also a sticker insert for Olajuwon, which offers a completely different look. Raw and mid-grade versions for both cards can be found for less than $25.

1986 87 Fleer Basketball Akeem Olajuwon 214x300 Image1986 87 Fleer Stickers Akeem Olajuwon 217x300 Image

1987-88 Fleer Akeem Olajuwon #80

A largely underappreciated set, 1987-88 Fleer offers budget collectors an intriguing early Hakeem Olajuwon card. The overall appeal is hurt by the lack of star rookies and the unfortunate circumstance of following up one of the biggest products of all-time. Regardless, the relative rarity of the product has pushed unopened box prices quite high. The 1987-88 Fleer design is not as distinct as the previous year, but still offers a solid base card for Hakeem Olajuwon fans. The sticker insert returns, but the design does not work as well as the 1986-87 card.

1987 88 Fleer Akeem Olajuwon 80 212x300 Image1987 88 Fleer Akeem Olajuwon Sticker 214x300 Image

1994-95 Skybox Premium Hakeem Olajuwon, David Robinson Autograph #NNO

Fast-forward a few years and Akeem is now Hakeem. As one of the very first Hakeem Olajuwon autographed cards, the 1994-95 Skybox Premium card has the added benefit of a David Robinson signature. The card came via redemption and shows the two giants battling for position. The dual signed card does not surface often and that is directly attributed to the tough 1:15,000 pack odds.

1994 95 Skybox Premium Hakeem Olajuwon David Robinson Autograph NNO Image

1996-97 Skybox Premium Autographics Blue Hakeem Olajuwon #61

Another early autograph from Hakeem Olajuwon, Autographics is one of the most popular signed options from the 1990's. Although the blue signatures were intended to be included as a short print, all of Olajuwon's card were signed in blue.

1996 97 Skybox Premium Autographics Hakeem Olajuwon 214x300 Image

1997-98 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems PMGs Hakeem Olajuwon #59 #/100

Like most top players from this period, Hakeem Olajuwon's Precious Metal Gems parallel from 1997-98 Metal Universe is a hobby favorite. As the first product to feature PMGs, they generally produce the highest values. Although the foil Hakeem Olajuwon cards are numbered to 100, the first ten cards were the rare green version and the remaining 90 were red. The cards are very condition sensitive.

1997 98 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems PMGs Red Hakeem Olajuwon 59 217x300 Image1997 98 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems PMGs Green Hakeem Olajuwon 59 211x300 Image

1997-98 Upper Deck Game Jerseys Hakeem Olajuwon #GJ10

Another first in basketball, 1997-98 Upper Deck Gamer Jerseys provided a concept that was monumental at the time. With a drop rate of 1:2,500 cards for the 22-card set, the Hakeem Olajuwon jersey card is not an easy pull.

1997 98 Upper Deck Game Jerseys Hakeem Olajuwon GJ10 Image

2004-05 Exquisite Collection Limited Logos Hakeem Olajuwon #HO Autograph #/50

Absent from the inaugural Exquisite Collection product, Hakeem Olajuwon was featured on several autographed cards in 2004-05 Exquisite Collection. Limited Logos is one of the top options based on the large jersey patch, on-card signature, and more manageable print run.

2004 05 Exquisite Collection Limited Logos Hakeem Olajuwon 219x300 Image

2011-12 Panini Preferred Silhouettes Hakeem Olajuwon #227 Autographed Jersey #/25

With a large jersey piece, on-card autograph and low print run, 2011-12 Panini Preferred Silhouettes combines three collector preferences with a modern design. Numbered to only 25, they don't appear often.

2011 12 Panini Preferred Silhouettes Hakeem Olajuwon Autographed Jersey 213x300 Image

2012-13 Panini Flawless, Immaculate Hakeem Olajuwon Autographs

Rounding out the list, two premium 2012-13 Panini products offer several great designs for Hakeem Olajuwon card collectors. Now that the original hype has settled, prices are more reasonable despite the low prints.

2012 13 Panini Immaculate Hakeem Olajuwon Autographed Jersey 213x300 Image2012 13 Panini Immaculate Hakeem Olajuwon Autographed Jersey 2 212x300 Image

2012 13 Panini Flawless Hakeem Olajuwon Autographed Jersey 210x300 Image

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1995-96 Hoops SkyView 5 Hakeem Olajuwon
$5.39
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1996-97 Bowman's Best Refractor #15 Hakeem Olajuwon Houston Rockets
$12.00
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1996 1997 HAKEEM OLAJUWON BORDERED REFRACTOR
$7.99
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1996-97 Hakeem Olajuwon Fleer Ultra Court Masters Clear Basketball Card #8 HTF
$27.95
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1995-96 Collector's Choice Players Club Platinum Hakeem Olajuwon #265 ROCKETS
$9.99
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1996-97 Bowman's Best Best Shots Atomic Refractor Hakeem Olajuwon ROCKETS
$9.99
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1996-97 Topps Mystery Finest Bordered Refractor Hakeem Olajuwon ROCKETS
$6.99
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92-93 St. Club Beam Team UNCUT BOTTOM WHITE BORDER PROOF Hakeem Olajuwon Rockets
$5.00
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1993-94 UPPER DECK SE ALL-STAR DIE-CUT #6 HAKEEM OLAJUWON WEST W N2
$19.99
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Autograph: 1990 Skybox Hakeem Olajuwon PSA DNA Certified
$35.00
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1996 Bowman's Best Shots ATOMIC REFRACTOR Hakeem Olajuwon PSA 9
$12.00
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1997 Ultra Hakeem Olajuwon Star Power SUPREME PSA 9
$60.00
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1988 Fleer Hakeem Olajuwon AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA Certified
$35.00
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1987 Fleer Hakeem Olajuwon #80 PSA 9
$11.00
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1997 Bowman's Best Techniques ATOMIC REFRACTOR Hakeem Olajuwon PSA 9
$12.00
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1989 Fleer Sticker Hakeem Olajuwon #2 PSA 9
$10.00
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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.

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