Monday, May 11, 2009

1995-96 SkyBox Premium #47 Hakeem Olajuwon

NBA Playoff time always brings back memories of the Houston Rockets' championship years. Today's card, the 1995-96 SkyBox Premium #47 featuring Hakeem Olajuwon, really makes me remember the 1994-95 championship finals.

The card front features Hakeem backing down Shaquille O'Neal of the Orlando Magic, the Rockets' finals opponent. The Rockets swept the Magic 4-0. Olajuwon averaged 32.8 points per game versus Shaq's 28. Olajuwon also won his second Finals MVP.

A Cougar bonus on the front of the card... Carl Herrera can be seen in the color-stripped background.

The back of the card features a fun photo of Olajuwon heading a soccer ball. It also features five years of stats and a translation of his last name. The card says "Olajuwon" means "always being on top." I'd never heard that before. Card collecting can be educational.

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