Shaq signs new deal with Upper Deck



By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

One of the best-loved players in NBA history, Shaquille O’Neal gathered a legion of fans throughout his 19 NBA seasons and Upper Deck has signed a new autographed memorabilia deal which sees the creation of several premium pieces from Upper Deck Authenticated.

“Shaquille O’Neal’s charisma and fun-loving personality make him just as popular today as when he played for the NBA,” said Upper Deck’s President, Jason Masherah. “We’ve received many requests for his memorabilia over the years, and we are excited to bring fans this innovative new collection of premium Shaq collectibles.”

The Upper Deck Authenticated Shaq collection is set to include a variety of limited edition pieces that is highlighted by “The Show” – an image measuring 46″ x 20″ that includes the largest O’Neal signature ever produced. There will also be a “Tegata” piece featuring the big man’s handprint and the intriguing “Breaking Through” which depicts its subject ready to make a slam dunk and has a basketball coming through the Plexiglass.

How many cards of O’Neal are in the database? Find out after the jump.


Upper Deck has also noted that O’Neal will also appear on pieces alongside other athletes they have under contract, including hockey legend Wayne Gretzky.

Collectors can check out these products here. O’Neal is also expected to continue to be a part of Upper Deck’s trading card releases, including the upcoming 2015 Goodwin Champions. Still one of the most popular retired players in the hearts of basketball collectors, he has 6,883 cards in the database with a total value of $151,817.59.

Stephen Laroche is the editor of Beckett Basketball and Beckett Hockey magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at Follow him on Twitter @Stephen_Laroche. 


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