Saturday, May 31, 2008

19933-94 Ultra Famous Nicknames #12 Hakeem Olajuwon

University of Houston basketball players historically have had some great nicknames. One of the most famous nicknames not just at UH, but in all of basketball is Hakeem "The Dream" Olajuwon.

In Ultra's 1993-94 set, they did an insert set dedicated to player nicknames so of course Hakeem had to be included.

The front of the card has a stylized background including images of a basketball floor and net and what looks like broken glass. Could this possibly be a broken backboard? This isn't an over the top background like too many cards as it doesn't detract from the image of Olajuwon shooting what appears to be a soft fade away.

What I really love is the back of this card. Another nice image of Hakeem, although he looks a little bored, with a basketball ball floor background covering about half the card. But that's not why I like the back. The text on the back starts out: "Hakeem Olajuwon earned his nickname as "The Dream" while at Houston. The University of Houston that is." It then proceeds to list several of his individual accomplishments as a Coog including being named the Southwest Conference player of the decade in the 1980s.

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