Shaquille O’Neal (aka Shaq) was born on 3/6/1972 in Newark, New Jersey.
He played college ball at LSU and was drafted number one overall by the Orlando Magic in the 1992 NBA Draft.
Shaq quickly became a dominating force in the league averaging 23.4 points as a rookie!
He now spends his free time doing lame commercials (maybe this is why his rookie card values are oddly low) and doing sports analyst on the television program Inside the NBA on TNT.
Here are his best rookie cards…
1992 Upper Deck Trade Card Shaquille O’Neal ROOKIE RC #1b
We were not very impressed with the 1992 Upper Deck NBA set and the Shaq card is average at best.
The card is numbered # 1b and shows Shaq dunking the ball in a confusing/lame 3 person movement… PASS.
1992 Topps Gold Shaquille O’Neal ROOKIE RC #362
The 1992 Topps Gold is by far our favorite Shaq rookie card.
The card features O’Neal battling in the paint calling for the rock.
Numbered #362 the back of the card reads “The Shaq has been lauded as a complete center who is virtually unstoppable with the ball. The 1992 All-American led the nation in shots blocked (a nasty 5.2 per game) and was second in rebounding.”
Buying one of these at a PSA 10 would be cool with us.
1992 Hoops Magic’s All-Rookie Team Shaquille O’Neal
This card is numbered #1 and the back reads “The Shaq is going to terrorize the NBA. Maybe not this season, maybe not the next, but he will do it. Shaq has the natural ability plus he is as big as Wilt Chamberlain.”
Shaquille O’Neal Rookie Card Values
Shaq rookie cards are still fairly cheap when comparing him to the other greats of his generation.
Most of his rookie cards can be had for well under $500.
If you have any questions about a specific Shaq rookie card please email us at email@example.com.
We don’t love Shaq rookie cards but we don’t hate them either.
Buy one or two for your portfolio and leave it at that.