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Hakeem Olajuwon Rookie Card Guide and Checklist

Hakeem Olajuwon

Date of Birth: 1/21/1963
Rookie Card Year: 1986-87
Investment Rating: 7.5


Overview

Hakeem Olajuwon was one of the greatest centers to play the game and won two titles with the Houston Rockets during his Hall of Fame career. While big men don't normally receive strong hobby interest, Hakeem Olajuwon rookie cards and other early options remain very popular with collectors.

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A strong force on both sides of the ball, Hakeem Olajuwon joined the NBA in 1984 as the number one overall pick by the Houston Rockets. Despite this, collectors had to wait until 1986-87 for his first official rookie card. However, there are some other early options from Star Company that still see strong interest.

After this initial collecting void, Hakeem Olajuwon card options picked up in the 1990s, including his first autographed card in 1994-95 Skybox Premium. Collectors were later treated to the first Hakeem Olajuwon memorabilia card with 1997-98 Upper Deck Game Jerseys. Autograph and memorabilia options for Olajuwon would build considerably from that point on and he is commonly found in current products.

The list below highlights the key early cards for Hakeem Olajuwon, including his one official rookie card.

Hakeem Olajuwon Rookie Card and Key Early Cards

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1984-85 Star Hakeem Olajuwon #237

Although 1986-87 Fleer is widely considered to to be the main rookie card for Hakeem Olajuwon, 1984-85 Star holds the distinction of being the first NBA card for "The Dream." Several things weaken the rookie claim, including limited distribution and counterfeit and quality control issues, but the earliest Hakeem Olajuwon card sees good interest and value. There are also several Star inserts for Olajuwon.

As can be seen below, all of the early cards list "Akeem" because Olajuwon had not yet changed the spelling of his name to "Hakeem."

1984-85 Star Hakeem Olajuwon #237

1985-86 Star Hakeem Olajuwon #18

Not nearly as popular as his first Star card, 1985-86 Star offers collectors the second Hakeem Olajuwon card that pre-dates his official rookie. The bright yellow border does not look nearly as good as the golden border on the 84-85 card.

1985-86 Star Hakeem Olajuwon #18

1986-87 Fleer Hakeem Olajuwon RC #82

Home to the official Hakeem Olajuwon rookie card, 1986-87 Fleer is one of the most recognizable sets in the hobby. While low- and mid-grades are largely inexpensive, Gem Mint copies normally sell for $700+.

1986-87 Fleer Hakeem Olajuwon RC #82

1987-87 Fleer Stickers Hakeem Olajuwon #9

Also found in 1986-87 Fleer, this early sticker insert shows Hakeem Olajuwon battling Magic Johnson at the basket. While the main rookie is not too pricey, the sticker is a nice budget alternative and ungraded copies can regularly be found for around $5.

1987-87 Fleer Stickers Hakeem Olajuwon #9

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2016-17 National Treasures HAKEEM OLAJUWON Treasures of the Hall BRONZE AUTO 25
$22.55

2015-16 Panini Limited Hakeem Olajuwon Jersey #27 149
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25! Hakeem Olajuwon 2009-10 National Treasures Notable Nicknames Auto
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2009-10 Panini Crown Royale Living Legends Jersey No 23 Hakeem Olajuwon
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$$$ 2012-13 Retro Molten Metal Playmakers Theatre HAKEEM OLAJUWON $$$ *L*O*O*K*
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13 14 Flawless Hakeem Olajuwon Emerald Sick Sick Patch #2 5 Rockets
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HAKEEM OLAJUWON 2015-16 Spectra Jumbo white Jersey Patch #D 49 Rockets
$9.06

PACK FRESH! 2013 14 FLEER RETRO STAR RUBY SERIAL #126 150 HAKEEM OLAJUWON UH XX
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2016-17 PANINI FLAWLESS HAKEEM OLAJUWON ON CARD AUTO PREMIUM INK # 15 25 ROCKETS
$29.99

2014-15 Panini Prestige Bonus Shots Gold Holofoil Auto HAKEEM OLAJUWON 05 10
$13.50

HAKEEM OLAJUWON 2013 14 13 14 SP AUTHENTIC ON COURT AUTHENTICS AB5103
$14.99

2013-14 Panini Immaculate Trio Prime Patch HAKEEM OLAJUWON CLYDE DREXLER 10
$22.05

2016 Panini Excalibur Duke #190 Hakeem Olajuwon Houston Rockets Basketball Card
$5.25

2016 Panini Excalibur Duke #190 Hakeem Olajuwon Houston Rockets Basketball Card
$5.25

2016 Panini Excalibur Duke #190 Hakeem Olajuwon Houston Rockets Basketball Card
$5.25
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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. In more recent years, 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 or Google+.


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