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Rajon Rondo steps out of the cardboard shadows by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor | Commentary

Rajon Rondo isn’t the biggest star on his team.

The Boston Celtics point guard lets the attention fall on those around him while he dishes out the ball to get the rest of his team the numbers that make people look.

Rondo is an assist machine. He averages 13.4 assists a game and had a 23-assist game on Jan. 5, but that wasn’t even his best game this season. He had a 24-assist game on Oct.29 against the New York Knicks.

With all those players around him such as Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and even Shaquille O’Neal, is Rondo overshadowed in the collecting world?

When it comes to collecting basketball players, a player who scores is usually the type that gains all the attention. Rondo, who averages just 10.9 points a game doesn’t fit that model, but his cards compare well against his teammates.

Garnett, Pierce and Ray Allen don’t have autographed rookie cards, but their best rookies book fo $30-$40 Shaquille O’Neal, who is likely on his way to the Hall of Fame, only has rookie cards that sell for about $10-$15.

Rondo’s autographed rookie cards book between $40-$80. His 2006-07 Exquisite Collection RC game-used auto numbered to /150 books for $325.

He has the advantage of being drafted in 2006 and coming up in a time where there are more autographed cards, but his rookies are doing better than the other stars of his team.

Perhaps in the box scores, Rondo doesn’t shine as bright, but when it comes to cardboard, it seems there are many collectors who would rather have the guard with the quick hands.

Susan Lulgjuraj is a contributing editor for Beckett Media. You can email Susan here. Follow her on Twitter here.

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