Saturday, June 14, 2008

1984-85 Star #237 Hakeem Olajuwon

While the 1986-87 Fleer is considered Hakeem's rookie card, it is not his first card. Star Company released five cards in 1984-85 and 1985-86.

Star cards were licensed by the NBA, but Star was not considered a major manufacturer with limited release and sometimes regional releases.

Today's card is Olajuwon's first card the 1984-85 Star #237. The front consists of an action photo with Hakeem holding the ball down low looking like he's about to blow by a much slower center. The border is yellow that ties in with the old Rockets logo.

The back is very basic with University of Houston statistics as well as other information like date of birth, height weight, schools, etc.

Overall a nice, but not great card. Good photography and layout, but it's very basic and a fairly low budget looking card compared to cards of today and even some vintage cards.


Gellman said...

I love the Dream cards from before he was Hakeem. They are like old Puff Daddy CDs.

NTXCoog said...

The Puff Daddy reference is great! To keep it to cards, it's like getting a Lloyd Free card before he became World B Free. Best name change ever.

Quella said...

Well written article.

NTXCoog said...

Thank you for the kind comment. Please drop by anytime.