Pros: Shaq, Great Action Shot, Picture Quality, Back of Card, Excellent Design
Cons: Free throws of Shaq....yikes
Shaquille O'Neal had a fine career. His play with the Magic, Lakers, Heat, and Celtics was pretty darn impressive. As the #1 overall pick, he performed as advertised after years at LSU, and is well known off the court as well. This is due to his work in movies, advertisements, working as an auxiliary Los Angeles Sheriff's Deputy, and other endeavors. He's an interesting guy, plus he's 7'1 325 lbs, and I can only imagine his presence being impressive on the streets, as it was on the court. Yes Shaq also won Championship Rings, feuded with Kobe, was involved with women that he may or may not have shared with Gilbert Arenas, and had a funny role in "Freddy Got Fingered."
Shaq was a beast on the court. He could by his sheer size and strength, just get a tough shot in, or play defense in an incredible manner. Don't ask about free throws though. Ouch. His rookie card from Topps, is a fine example of what a good one should look like. Its not as fancy as what a company like Upper Deck would release, but its top notch for this category. I like how the front of the card shows him in an open slot, with an expression that says "Give me the damn ball." You see him in his Orlando Magic uniform, and on the back you see a close up small picture of what he looks like. There are also his stats, and they are easy to read, and I like the color scheme.
The same could be said for the design. Its conservative, with the exception of the bright blue letters. This stands out, and it looks good in contrast with the white edges. The picture size is huge, and I like how this shows Shaq in a game, rather than just sitting on the bench, or not really engaged in battle on the court. Also, I like how on the back his college career is discussed, you can see how he fared at LSU, and why his ability to score, and block shots made him the #1 overall pick. This is a fine example of Shaq, and I'm honored to have this in my collection, even though the end of his career with the Celtics didn't go over so well. Despite that, this is a must for any Shaq fan, and basketball lovers know of his ability to change a game when he played, along with how he made basketball rims glass come crashing down.