21 July 2014

What eBay Hath Wrought 93: Olajuwon Crusade

Over the last couple of months I picked up some of Hakeem Olajuwon's more common Crusade parallels from the 2013-14 Panini Crusade Basketball set. I am not sure what they are all officially called, but this Blue/Yellow one is numbered # 007 / 249.

It feels like the Rockets kind of got hosed in free agency this year, making a bunch of moves in order to free up money for Chris Bosh only to have Bosh go back to Miami. Jeremy Lin is gone now, having been traded to the Lakers. Chandler Parsons, my favorite current Rocket, signed with the Dallas Mavericks for a buttload of money and the Rockets (wisely) chose not to match the offer. But the Rockets didn't really bring anyone in who could make them much better this year than they were last year. There is still time for them to make a move, but most of the big names that were available have already gone to a team. I guess that is the problem with gathering assets and making plans that rely on the decisions of other people. Sometimes those people don't want to sign with your team. Then what do you do?

At least I can live in the glory days of the past, basking in the '94 and '95 NBA Championships that came about largely because of Olajuwon's elite play. It's hard to believe that 1994 was 20 years ago.

This Red/Yellow parallel is more common than the previous card, but I like it more. The color scheme matches the Rockets uniform so well, almost like this background was designed with Houston in mind. This card is numbered # 120 / 349.

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