1992 Upper Deck

Shaquille O'Neal

1992 Upper Deck 1 Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille Rashaun O’Neal (March 6, 1972-), or Shaq Diesel, hit the NBA like a freight train, becoming one of the largest men to grace the NBA hard court and redefining what the typical “big man” could do. Raised as an Army brat, traveling from place to place, O’Neal eventually found a home at Louisiana State University where he was a two-time All-American and SEC Player of the Year. In the star filled 1992 NBA Draft, Shaq was the Number 1 overall pick by the Orlando Magic. Leading Orlando to a 41-41 record, a 20-win improvement from the previous season, Shaq won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award and was named to his first All-Star Game, becoming the first rookie since Michael Jordan (1985) to be named an All-Star starter. In his third season in the NBA, O’Neal led the league in scoring and led the Magic to the NBA Finals for the first time in his career, but were dispatched by the Houston Rockets in four games. Already being compared to his Hall of Fame contemporaries, in 1996, Shaq was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. He was named to the 1996 United States Olympic Basketball team that won the gold medal in the Atlanta Olympic Summer Games. O’Neal signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers where he teamed up with the young star Kobe Bryant. Beginning in 1999-00, Shaq and Kobe led the Lakers to three consecutive NBA Final Championships under the expert guidance of already six-time NBA Champion coach Phil Jackson. In 2000, Shaquille was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player.

After spending eight seasons with the Lakers, winning three NBA titles, Shaq moved to the Miami Heat and won his fourth title in 2005-06. Shaq was the dominant center with every team throughout his career leading the league ten times in field goal percentage, five times in field goals and won three NBA scoring titles. He was named the NBA Finals MVP three times, was a 15-time NBA All-Star selection and was named to 14 All-NBA First Second and Third Teams. As his body began to break down with age and injuries, Shaquille played a couple more seasons with contenders (Phoenix, Cleveland, Boston), chasing a championship, before retiring following the 2010-11 season. Shaquille finished his likely-Hall of Fame career with 28,596 points, 2,732 blocks, 3,310 turnovers, 13,099 total rebounds, 11,330 field goals and a .582 field goal percentage. Seemingly any word attached to “Shaq” became a way to describe the bigger this life character. O’Neal branched out during his career in basketball, starring in major motion pictures, producing rap albums and building a lovable persona making him a fan favorite on and off the court.

Card Number NM-MT 8 MT 9 GEM-MT 10
1 $10 $20 $160
Auth 1Q 1 1.5Q 1.5 2Q 2 2.5 3Q 3 3.5 4Q 4 4.5 5Q 5 5.5 6Q 6 6.5 7Q 7 7.5 8Q 8 8.5 9Q 9 10 Total
1 7 24 93 1 1 482 5 94 4196 37 21 2117 196 7275
Condition Census (Explain)
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 GEM MT 10 (196)

From The Experts

This is the most popular rookie card of the most dominant center of the modern era. Before he laced up his shoes and walked out onto the NBA floor, everyone knew that Shaq was going to be something special. At 7'1", 300-plus pounds, Shaq moved like a small guard with the force of a small tank. Never before had the NBA seen such athleticism and coordination from a man of his size. After spending a few seasons with the Orlando Magic, Shaq headed to Los Angeles to play for the Lakers and helped them to three NBA titles. Shaq would then travel back to Florida to play for Miami where he helped bring the Heat their first NBA championship. This 1999-2000 NBA MVP was named Finals MVP three times as a member of the Lakers. Shaq, a former NBA Rookie of the Year (1992), was selected to the All-Star team for 15 seasons. Popular on and off the court, Shaq has a magnetic personality. This card, one that features a high-gloss surface and black edges, is very susceptible to wear.