Dwight Howard Cards and Memorabilia Guide

Dwight Howard

Date of Birth: 12/08/1985
Rookie Card Year: 2004-05
Investment Rating: 8.0


Overview

Few will deny Dwight Howard's talent. That said, his heart and trail of locker room drama have turned off many fans. So what does that mean for Dwight Howard cards and memorabilia?

Dwight Howard came into the NBA as a young player with amazing physical traits and the hope that he could carry the Orlando Magic back to greatness. However, critics openly questioned his maturity and dedication to the game. Frequent comparisons to Shaquille O'Neal put him on a path out of Orlando to a larger NBA market. This materialized when he joined the Lakers but it became quickly apparent that it wasn't just a bigger market that Howard needed, but a team where he could be "The Man." After a couple of unsuccessful season in LA, Howard signed with the Houston Rockets prior to the 2013-14 season.

In terms of hobby and mainstream appeal, this is the best thing that could happen to Dwight Howard. Expect a significant bump in Dwight Howard cards and memorabilia if he can lead the Rockets to postseason success. The hype will build all season and the playoffs will be the site of an explosion in value if Howard can be a dominant force in games even with all the other high-profile players around him. Hobby love will follow the championships. If the Rockets can turn these high-profile moves into hardware, Howard will make a strong push for upper-echelon status in the collecting world.

Despite his popularity, there has not been many autographed Dwight Howard cards in some time. The increase in exposure should greatly increase the demand for the Dwight Howard autographs that do exist. This means existing cards should, at the very least, hold strong values.

Dwight Howard has over 40 rookie cards that will appeal to collectors of every budget. The top options for high-end rookie collectors all include on-card autos.

Top Dwight Howard Rookie Cards

2004-05 Upper Deck Exquisite Dwight Howard RC #90 Autograph Patch #/99

2004 05 Exquisite Dwight Howard RC Image

Overall, this is a simply a great card. Never mind that it will run you $2000+, Exquisite is the Rolls Royce of basketball cards. Howard's rookie is the top model for 2004-05. With a limited print run of 99, a nice-sized patch piece and on-card autograph, this is as good as it gets for Dwight Howard cards.

2004-05 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Dwight Howard RC #127 Autograph #/250

2004 05 Ultimate Collection Dwight Howard RC Image

The 2004-05 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Dwight Howard rookie card may not come with the hype of Exquisite but it represents a great value in comparison. Although it does not feature a jersey piece, it still has a low print run and on-card autoraph. The design does leave something to be desired but it is still a strong choice. It can be found for a few hundred dollars.

2004-05 SP Authentic Dwight Howard RC #186 Autograph #/999

2004 05 SP Authentic Dwight Howard RC Image

Arguably the most attractive card in the group, the 2004-05 SP Authentic Dwight Howard rookie uses a bright blue background and dynamic image to create a great canvas. The large signing area is an added bonus, which will make it easier for collectors to overlook the higher print run and lack of jersey piece.

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2012-13 PANINI IMMACULATE DWIGHT HOWARD AUTO 4 COLOR JUMBO PATCH 73 75
$88.00
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2012-13 PANINI IMMACULATE RED DWIGHT HOWARD AUTO 2 COLOR JUMBO PATCH 05 25!!
$17.50
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2004 05 Bowman Signature rc DWIGHT HOWARD magic Rookie JERSEY card 1000 LAKERS
$19.99
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2004 05 Bowman rc DWIGHT HOWARD magic Rookie card FREE S H now Houston Rockets
$6.99
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Dwight Howard 2004 05 Fresh Ink RC ROOKIE Game Used Jersey Card HOUSTON ROCKETS
$9.07
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DWIGHT HOWARD 05 UD SP SIGNATURE RC ROOKIE AUTO AUTOGRAPH CARD!
$57.00
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Dwight Howard 05 06 UD Reflections Game Used Jersey
$8.00
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DWIGHT HOWARD 05 UD TRILOGY CUTTING EDGE ROOKIE RC JERSEY CARD!
$22.00
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Dwight Howard 12 13 National Treasures Game Used Jersey #90 99
$16.00
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Dwight Howard 08 09 Topps Game Used Jersey (Own the Game)
$8.00
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Dwight Howard 07 08 SP Game Used Edition Game Jersey #196 199
$8.00
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Dwight Howard-Chris Bosh 07 08 Topps Luxury Box Game Used Jersey #072 179
$8.00
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Dwight Howard 07 08 TSC Beam Team Game Used Jersey
$8.00
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Dwight Howard 08 09 Topps Game Used Jersey
$8.00
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★ 2009-10 ABSOLUTE MEMORIBILIA DWIGHT HOWARD JUMBO HOME JERSEY SWATCH SP 2 25
$8.88
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Dwight Howard 2008-09 Skybox RUBY #116 31 50 RARE
$30.00
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Rookie Cards

Dwight Howard Rookie Card Checklist

Budget Rookie Cards

2004 05 Bazooka Dwight Howard RC Image

Mid-Range Rookie Cards

2004 05 E XL Dwight Howard RC Image

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2004 05 Bowman Signature rc DWIGHT HOWARD magic Rookie JERSEY card 1000 LAKERS
$19.99
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2004 05 Bowman rc DWIGHT HOWARD magic Rookie card FREE S H now Houston Rockets
$6.99
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Dwight Howard 2004 05 Fresh Ink RC ROOKIE Game Used Jersey Card HOUSTON ROCKETS
$9.07
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DWIGHT HOWARD 05 UD SP SIGNATURE RC ROOKIE AUTO AUTOGRAPH CARD!
$57.00
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DWIGHT HOWARD 05 UD TRILOGY CUTTING EDGE ROOKIE RC JERSEY CARD!
$22.00
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DWIGHT HOWARD 2004-05 BOWMAN GOLD #129 ROOKIE RC
$15.00
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2004 05 Dwight Howard Rc's (lot of 4) Topps Pristine 197 739, Topps, Bazooka, Fl
$5.99
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Dwight Howard Houston Rockets Magic 2004-05 Hoops Hot Prospects Jersey RC 500
$5.95
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DWIGHT HOWARD gold spx rc auto 06-07 endorsements.......starting all star
$40.00
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DWIGHT HOWARD SUPERMAN 2004-05 TOPPS CHROME ROOKIE RC #166 MAGIC LAKERS -'
$9.99
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Dwight Howard 2004-05 Bowman Chrome GOLD REFRACTORS RC **BGS 9.5**
$295.00
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DWIGHT HOWARD 04 HOT PROSPECTS RED HOT RC ROOKIE PATCH CARD #21 50!
$80.00
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Autograph Guide

Dwight Howard Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Dwight Howard's authentic signature looks like. This can be used as a first point of reference for determining the legitimacy of autograph memorabilia, but is not a substitute for having your items authenticated by a well respected professional autograph authentication company. Reputable authentication companies include JSA, PSA, Panini Authentic, Upper Deck Authentic, Tristar and Mounted Memories to name a few. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Dwight Howard Cut Signature Exemplar

Dwight Howard Signature Image

Dwight Howard Key Signature Attributes:An authentic Dwight Howard signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics, regardless of the item signed or when it was signed. Look for the following signature features:

  1. Signed on an upward angle of about 45 degrees, the letters lean to the right.
  2. The letter "D" is distinguishable by what looks like a printed capital letter "T" and a wide swooping loop to the right and pack, which is typically not closed at the bottom of the letter.
  3. The next character intersects the swoop of the letter "D" and resembles a numeral "8" without the bottom loop being closed.
  4. A large character resembling a question mark "?" or number seven "7" is written next.
  5. This is followed by another character appearing as a number "8" with a narrow loop at the top.

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Dwight Howard signed autograph 11x14 Photo PSA DNA "Superman" Magic Rockets
$109.99
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DWIGHT HOWARD (Orlando Magic) signed Spalding Game basketball w PSA COA
$249.95
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Dwight Howard Hot signed Magic 8x10 PSA DNA PROOF!!
$50.00
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Dwight Howard signed 12x12 Floorboard NBA Orlando Magic PSA DNA
$139.95
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DWIGHT HOWARD HOUSTON ROCKETS STAR JSA COA SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED M.L. BASEBALL RARE
$125.99
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DWIGHT HOWARD SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED SUPERMAN 8x10 PHOTO PSA DNA #Q80236
$89.00
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DWIGHT HOWARD SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED SUPERMAN 8x10 PHOTO PSA DNA #Q80237
$89.00
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DWIGHT HOWARD SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED SUPERMAN 8x10 PHOTO PSA DNA #Q80238
$89.00
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DWIGHT HOWARD SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED SUPERMAN 8x10 PHOTO PSA DNA #Q80240
$89.00
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DWIGHT HOWARD SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED SUPERMAN 8x10 PHOTO PSA DNA #Q80241
$89.00
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DWIGHT HOWARD SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED SUPERMAN 8x10 PHOTO PSA DNA #Q80242
$89.00
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DWIGHT HOWARD SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED SUPERMAN 8x10 PHOTO PSA DNA #Q80244
$89.00
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ROCKETS DWIGHT HOWARD AUTHENTIC SIGNED BASKETBALL AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA #W18963
$124.99
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ROCKETS JEREMY LIN & DWIGHT HOWARD AUTHENTIC SIGNED BASKETBALL PSA DNA #W18965
$179.99
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Dwight Howard In-Person Signed Autographed "11x'14 Photo PSA DNA PSA DNA
$39.99
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DWIGHT HOWARD SIGNED AUTO 2005 TOPPS STYLE ‘52 BASKETBALL CARD SLABBED PSA DNA!
$25.00
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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a life-long sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as college basketball and football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. As an adult, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim, and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute.

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