Shaq Rookie Card Buyers Guide – Review & Investor Rating

Shaq Rookie Card Classic


Let’s face it, Shaquille O’Neal is a larger than life character (both figuratively and literally).  Whether it’s winning 4 NBA Championships or posing as a “Shaq Statue” for fans in Harvard Square, the man knows how to keep the people talking.  And that’s why his rookie cards should remain HIGHLY collectible for a long time to come.  So, why don’t we find out which Shaq rookie card choices are out there waiting to be added to the ole’ sports card portfolio!


The Shaq Rookie Card “Big Foot” Bargain List


1992-1993 Classic Draft Picks (Find Bargain on eBay)

Shaq Rookie Card Classic

One that often goes overlooked when it comes to Shaquille O’Neal rookie cards.  The card features a young Shaq from his LSU days hanging by the rim in the signature Shaquille slam dunk pose (the one that makes you feel sorry for that poor rim!).  Overlooked or not, this one should be in your collection ASAP!


1992-1993 Stadium Club “Beam Team” (Find Bargain on eBay)

Shaq Stadium Beam Team Rookie Card

This is a very popular Shaq rookie card that should have no problem selling at auction.  Especially, if it’s a 9 or above on the grading scale.  The card also gains collectibility points for being part of the first set of Stadium Club ever released for basketball cards (those funny-smelling baseball cards took the industry by storm the year before).


1992-1993 Upper Deck (Find Bargain on eBay)

Upper Deck

The names Upper Deck carried a massive amount of weight in the early nineties.  So it only makes sense to have a card that features the massive amount of weight that is Shaquille O’Neal blasting into the air for a patented Shaq slam dunk.


1992-1993 Topps (Find Bargain on eBay)

Shaq Rookie Card - Topps

Arguably the most collectible of all Shaq rookie cards, the 1992-1993 Topps version features a “hungry” Shaq posted up under the rim.  Clearly the man wants the rock (just take a look at that massive outstretched hand/arm combo!).  It’s hard to tell who’s guarding him but you can only assume that, whoever it was, they never stood a chance!


1992-1993 Classic 4 Sport (Find Bargain on eBay)

Classic 4 Sport

Just like the Classic Draft Picks Shaq rookie card, this one also shows O’Neal in his college uniform.  However, it’s a bit tamer and replaces the rim-bending dunk with a more passive put-back.  Put-back or not, one thing’s clear:  a gem mint of this card should be a superstar of your portfolio (especially if you get one with an autograph!).




Let’s not ever forget about the other half of that Lakers Dynamic Duo.  Check out this Kobe Bryant Rookie Card Investment Guide!




Overall Bargain Rating:  Blue Chip (just like the 1994 movie he was in!)


Look, Shaquille O’Neal is more than just an NBA Hall of Famer.  The man is a straight-up legend who TRANSCENDS THE SPORT.

Whether it’s the 3 NBA Finals MVPs, the 34 straight double-doubles, 7 All-Star Team selections, 11 straight 30 point games, or his stature as a top-ten all-time NBA scorer, Shaq has pretty much done it all (we’ll just turn a blind eye to that atrocious free-throw shooting).

So anytime a player is this accomplished, there’s one thing you can be certain of – his rookie cards will remain a sought after collector’s item for the foreseeable future.  So buy with confidence knowing that Shaqs credentials aren’t going anywhere and neither is the appeal of his collectibles!