Houston Rockets Collecting and Fan Guide

Houston Rockets

Franchise Founded: 1967
Championships: 2
Team Collectibility Rating: 7.5


Houston Rockets Collecting and Fan Guide 1
The Houston Rockets were one of the top NBA teams during the 1980s and 1990s and the current roster has been rebuilt around two star players. Despite a relatively short history, the Rockets have featured some of the top big men in NBA history. This has made Houston a popular collecting destination.

Although the Rockets are synonymous with Houston, the team actually originated as the San Diego Rockets in 1967 as an expansion team. After just four seasons, the Rockets were purchased and moved to Houston. The nickname remained and was even more relevant for a Houston team given the city's space connections.

While the early teams featured names like Elvin Hayes, Pat Rily, Calvin Murphy and Rudy Tomjanovich, the Rockets did not see consistent winning until they drafted Moses Malone. The team made the playoffs in five out of six seasons with Malone, but ultimately traded him to save money. Without Moses Malone, the team posted a a 14-win season in 1982-83, but also netted the team top draft picks in consecutive seasons. The Rockets selected Ralph Sampson in 1983 and Hakeem Olajuwon in 1984, setting them up for a long period of success.

Even though the Rockets were successful with the two number one picks, Sampson was traded after a few years. Hakeem Olajuwon became the face of the franchise, but was unable to make a deep run until he was surrounded by more talent. This transition from regular playoff team to championship contender came with a coaching change and new ownership. Former star player Rudy Tomjanovich became the head coach and brought in Clyde Drexler. Drexler and Olajuwon proved to be a good duo and the Rockets won the NBA title in 1993-94 and 1994-95.

Houston tried to continue the title runs, adding Charles Barkley and Scottie Pippen, but they came up short and the team eventually had to rebuild. After reaching the playoffs in 14 of the previous 15 seasons, the Rockets missed out in fours straight years. Steve Francis, Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming added star power to the teams of the 2000s, but the Rockets still could only manage first round exits in the playoffs most seasons.

Kevin McHale was brought in as head coach in 2011 and the team has made some high-profile moves, signing Dwight Howard and James Harden. This move has made the Rockets more appealing to collectors and put them on the short list for title-contending teams in the near future.

Collectors have plenty of options when it comes to merchandise and collectibles for the Houston Rockets. Using the tabs above, check out the top Houston Rockets’ players to collect, top merchandise and jersey options, autograph guide, game tickets and the most watched Houston Rockets cards and memorabilia on eBay.

TTM Autographs

Another option for collectors looking to get autographs is TTM or "Through the mail." A complete guide to the process can be seen here: How to Get (Almost) Free Autographs Through the Mail.

Although it is not a lock, Houston Rockets fans looking to take advantage of this can try their luck with current players and coaches using the following address:

"Insert Specific Player/Coach/Executive"
c/o Houston Rockets
Toyota Center
1510 Polk Street
Houston, TX 77002

Houston Rockets Collecting and Fan Guide 2
« Previous1234
Houston Rockets Collecting and Fan Guide 19

Fan Gear

Houston Rockets Jerseys & Gear Guide

Looking for something to support your team? There are tons of options for Houston Rockets fans across all budgets. Normal price ranges are noted when available. View a complete breakdown of the jersey options using our detailed NBA jersey guide.

Houston Rockets Jersey Guide

Click on the images or listings to shop on eBay. 

Houston Rockets T-Shirts & Hats

Click on the images or listings to shop on eBay. 

Houston Rockets Collecting and Fan Guide 2
« Previous1234


Houston Rockets Basketball Card Guide

Despite a shorter existence that many of the established NBA teams, the Houston Rockets can rival most with their roster of elite and Hall of Fame players. View cards for the top former and current members of the Rockets below.

Top Former Players & Coaches

Click on the player for a detailed guide or to shop for cards on eBay. 

Other Houston Rockets All-Time Greats

Click on the player to shop for cards on eBay. 

Houston Rockets Collecting and Fan Guide 52

Top Current Players

Click on the player for a detailed guide or to shop for cards on eBay. 


Houston Rockets Autograph Guide

When shopping for autographed items, it is highly recommended to only purchased signed pieces that have been authenticated by a reputable company. Top options include PSA, JSA, Mounted Memories, UDA, Panini Authentic and Tristar.

Click on the images or listings to shop on eBay. 

Signed Houston Rockets Photographs

Houston Rockets Collecting and Fan Guide 55

Signed Houston Rockets Jerseys

Houston Rockets Collecting and Fan Guide 56

Signed Houston Rockets Sneakers

Houston Rockets Collecting and Fan Guide 57

Signed Houston Rockets Basketballs

Houston Rockets Collecting and Fan Guide 58


Houston Rockets Game Tickets

If you are looking for tickets to see the Houston Rockets play, it might be an overwhelming experience. Luckily for fans, NBA teams play a ton of games, all over the country. After selecting a specific game, the first thing to decide is how much you want to spend and where you want to sit in the arena.

Houston Rockets Collecting and Fan Guide 59

From there, it can get messy given all the choices for purchasing tickets. With that in mind, we have complied the best options for buying tickets. Simply follow the link to each ticket source for any available Houston Rockets tickets. Be aware that the NBA regular season basically runs from November to April and the playoffs continue until mid-June.

Hot List

Houston Rockets Hot List

Check out the most watched Houston Rockets cards, gear and memorabilia on eBay. The guide is constantly updated with real-time information, so bookmark this page for future reference.

Error: No match found.

More Info

View basic information and detailed stats on the Houston Rockets here:

Author  |  E-Mail Author | 
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+.

User Comments

  1. Author

    I have a 2-sided Rockets poster that was signed by entire team including coach Rudy Tomjanovich. It is when they were going for their third-straight NBA win and it also includes Charles Barkley’s signature. My sister worked at Hobby Airport and got them to sign a bunch of stuff. I think I have hat signed by Hakeem Olajuwon as well. I had the poster mounted and framed. Where can I get it appraised? They put their jersey # beside each signature.

    Any way, I am interested in selling and thought Tilman Fertitta might like it as it is in great shape and I paid several hundred to frame it so you can turn it over and look at it from either side of the frame. Thanks, Patrick.

    Leave a Comment: