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

Top eBay Listings

2012-13 Panini Prizm Green Prizms #155 Hakeem Olajuwon Houston Rockets Card
$10.25

2012-13 Panini Prizm Green Prizms #155 Hakeem Olajuwon Houston Rockets Card
$10.25

2012-13 Panini Prizm Green Prizms #155 Hakeem Olajuwon Houston Rockets Card
$11.25

HAKEEM OLAJUWON 2015 2016 PANINI IMMACULATE AUTOGRAPH PATCH ROCKETS 2 COLOR SP
$70.00

1997-98 Ultra Sweet Deal 12 Cards Complete Set Hakeem Olajuwon David Robinson RC
$9.99

2013 Panini National Treasures Lasting Legacies #LL-HO Hakeem Olajuwon Auto Card
$53.98

2013 Panini National Treasures Lasting Legacies #LL-HO Hakeem Olajuwon Auto Card
$53.98

2016 Panini Gold Standard Golden Jumbo Threads 7 Hakeem Olajuwon Houston Rockets
$14.00

2016 Panini Gold Standard Golden Jumbo Threads 7 Hakeem Olajuwon Houston Rockets
$14.00

2012-13 Fleer Retro 1998-99 Metal Universe Precious Gems 98PM-46 Hakeem Olajuwon
$19.99

2012-13 Fleer Retro 1998-99 Metal Universe Precious Gems 98PM-46 Hakeem Olajuwon
$19.99

1987-88 Fleer #80 Hakeem Olajuwon
$12.00

2006-07 UD Reserve Dual Signatures Hakeem Olajuwon Yao Ming Auto # 50
$200.00

1985-86 Star All-Rookie #1 Hakeem Olajuwon BCCG 10
$58.75

1995-96 Skybox Premium Larger than Life #L4 Hakeem Olajuwon Houston Rockets Card
$5.00

1995-96 Skybox Premium Larger than Life #L4 Hakeem Olajuwon Houston Rockets Card
$5.00
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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. 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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