Learn All About the Hakeem Olajuwon Rookie Card

By: Marty Beets

Hakeem Olajuwon is one of the most dominating basketball player of all time. He was known for his offensive prowess as well as his defensive ability. 

His rookie and early cards are very sought after and valuable. Let's take a look at some of these vintage Hakeem Olajuwon trading cards.

1986-87 Fleer

Card #82

This card is the most recognizable Hakeem Olajuwon Card. It is considered a Hakeem Olajuwon rookie.

There are earlier Olajuwon cards, but the 1986-87 Fleer card is widely regarded as a Hakeem Olajuwon rookie.  It is very valuable in high-grade condition.

1984-85 Star

Card #237

The 1984-85 Star is Hakeem Olajuwon's first pro card. Beware of counterfeits.  It is considered a rookie card.

The 1984-85 Star set was not produced in large numbers. It was only available from dealers as part of Rockets team sets. This card is heavily counterfeited.

1984-85 Star Court Kings

cards #47

This is an oversized first-year Hakeem Olajuwon card. It measures 5" x 7". It is considered an oddball rookie card.

This Hakeem Olajuwon card is part of a 50-card set of star players. It's more rare than the 1984-85 Star #237 card, but less popular due to the odd size.


cards #9

This Hakeem Olajuwon sticker was from a set inserted into packs of 1968-87 Fleer. It is also considered a subset rookie card.

The 1986-87 Fleer Sticker set included 11 cards. One sticker was inserted in each set of 1986-87 Fleer packs.  Five Hall of Famers had rookies in this sticker set.

Hakeem Olajuwon's early cards. 

1984-85 Star Considered a rookie card

1986-87 Fleer Universally considered a rookie card

1984-85 Star Court Kings  An oddball rookie

1986-87 Fleer Sticker A subset rookie