Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Cards and Memorabilia Guide

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Date of Birth: 4/16/1947
Rookie Card Year: 1969-70
Investment Rating: 7.0


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is one of the greatest players in NBA and college basketball history. He played with a dominance and flair that is unmatched and his name has become synonymous with greatness. Because of this, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar cards, notably his early releases and autographed options, are in high demand in the hobby.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was born Lew Alcindor and maintained his given name until after he joined the NBA. Before changing to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Alcindor had made quite a name for himself as a member of the UCLA Bruins. He helped lead the team coached by John Wooden to three straight NCAA Championships (1967,1968,1969). Alcindor was named the Player of the Year in 1967 and 1969 and was the NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player in each of the championship seasons. Upon graduation from UCLA, Lew Alcindor left to pursue professional basketball.

Although he eventually chose the NBA, the 7'2" Lew Alcindor was the number one overall pick in both the 1969 NBA Draft and ABA Draft. He was also approached by the Harlem Globetrotters with a lucrative deal. The Milwaukee Bucks and NBA emerged as the winners and Alcindor signed with the team. He was named NBA Rookie of the Year and helped double the Bucks' win total from the previous season. In his second season, Alcindor put together an impressive list of accolades that included the MVP award, scoring title, NBA Championship and Finals MVP. Soon after, he formally changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, in honor of his Islamic religious beliefs.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar would remain with the Bucks until 1975, when he requested a trade, and joined the Los Angeles Lakers for the 1975-76 season. He became the face of the franchise and his signature skyhook rained down for many years. Although he was not as dominant in the 1980's, Abdul-Jabbar and another number overall pick, Magic Johnson, kept the Lakers in the yearly title hunt. When he finally hung up his sneakers, his career stats read like a video game.

Playing for an astonishing 20 seasons, Abdul-Jabbar was a 19-time All-Star, six-time NBA champion, six-time MVP, and two-time Finals MVP. He finished his career with the  highest career scoring amount in NBA history, totaling 38,387 points, and still maintains the top spot. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995 and joined the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.

Following his retirement, Abdul-Jabbar pursued coaching positions and had multiple stints as an assistant and scout. Outside of basketball, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar appeared in various movies and television shows, such as memorable cameo roles in Airplane and Fletch. He has also written several books, including basketball and non-basketball topics.

With 20 seasons under his belt, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has many cards available from his playing days, and most can be acquired for cheap. Obviously, the top options from his NBA career are the earliest cards. His sole rookie card is very popular with basketball collectors and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar autographs are also a hot commodity.

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1987 Fleer #1 - KAREEM ABDUL - JABBAR - PSA - 9 Mint (LAKERS)

KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR 1981-82 Topps #20 BGS NM-MT 8 Lakers

1979 Topps #10 - KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR - PSA 6 EX-MT


3615* 1973-74 Topps # 50 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar NM

3622* 1974-75 Topps # 1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar NM

1974 Sugar Daddy Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Card #25

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 2012-13 Panini Prizm Refractor Green Finalists Insert SSP

1986-87 Fleer Premier Los Angeles Lakers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Rookie Card

1984-85 Star #10 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Los Angeles Lakers Basketball Card

1984-85 Star #10 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Los Angeles Lakers Basketball Card

1986-87 fleer stickers #1 KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR los angeles lakers BGS BCCG 9

2015-16 Panini Gala Primetime Memorabilia Purple #32 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Card

2015-16 Panini Gala Primetime Memorabilia Purple #32 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Card

1986-87 fleer stickers #1 KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR los angeles lakers BGS BCCG 9
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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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  1. I have a 1967 signed program by Lew Alcindor(AKA Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), Oregon State vs UCLA Also signature by Mike Warren ( actor In the Heat of the Night) and Kenny Heitz) My father attended the game, and also record teams stats. Curious to what something like that would be valued at?

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