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

Dwight Howard Cards - 2004-05 Exquisite Dwight Howard RC

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

Dwight Howard Cards - 2004-05 Ultimate Collection Dwight Howard RC

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

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.

Top eBay Listings

Dwight howard rockets lakers 2012 13 immaculate jumbo patch auto sp 33 75
$49.99

2004 UD Ultimate Triple Jersey Rookie Dwight Howard #21 25 RC
$19.50

2015-16 ABSOLUTE #7 DWIGHT HOWARD "STARS" JERSEY CARD #83 99, HOUSTON ROCKETS
$6.36

DWIGHT HOWARD 04 05 SPX auto jersey rookie 750
$94.99

DWIGHT HOWARD 04 05 SP authentic on card auto rookie SN748 999
$84.99

2004-05 Black Diamond Die Cuts #DC4 Dwight Howard - NM-MT
$6.00

2013-14 Panini Prizm Prizms Orange #113 Dwight Howard 60 - NM-MT
$9.00

2013-14 Panini Prizm Prizms Light Blue Die Cut #113 Dwight Howard 199 - NM-MT
$7.50

2013-14 Panini Prizm Post Season Prizms Light Blue Die Cut #4 Dwight Howard 199
$7.50

2013-14 Totally Certified Materials #153 Dwight Howard Jsy - NM-MT
$6.00

2010 Panini Prestige #85 Dwight Howard Magic - PSA 10 - SUPERB !!
$7.99

2012 Panini Hoops #300 Dwight Howard Magic - PSA 10 - SUPERB !!
$7.99

(2) Dwight Howard Rookie Cards!!!
$5.99

2012-13 Panini Threads Dwight Howard Authentic Jersey #68
$5.32

2015-16 Hoops High Flyers Artists Proofs 11 Dwight Howard 42 99 Rockets
$6.00

2004-05 TOPPS LUXURY BOX #LU-DH DWIGHT HOWARD ROOKIE JERSEY RC #398 500 - LAKERS
$7.49
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Rookie Cards

Dwight Howard Rookie Card Checklist

Budget Rookie Cards

Dwight Howard Cards - 2004-05 Bazooka Dwight Howard RC

Mid-Range Rookie Cards

Top eBay Listings

2004 UD Ultimate Triple Jersey Rookie Dwight Howard #21 25 RC
$19.50

2004-05 TOPPS LUXURY BOX #LU-DH DWIGHT HOWARD ROOKIE JERSEY RC #398 500 - LAKERS
$7.49

2004 TOPPS LUXURY BOX #101 DWIGHT HOWARD RC POP 5 PSA 10 K2007020-041
$11.99

Dwight Howard rookie card graded BGS 9.5 Gem Mint #d - 2004 Refractor Rockets RC
$23.00

Dwight Howard rookie card lot JSY #d - 2004 Orlando Magic Houston Rockets RC
$19.00

Dwight Howard rookie card Mint - 2004-05 Topps Chrome Magic Rockets RC
$8.00

Dwight Howard rookie card lot graded PSA 10 Gem Mint #d 2004 Houston Rockets RC
$75.00

Sweet Shot 04-05 Rookie RC Dwight Howard 370 499 131
$21.99

9 Mint Dwight Howard Topps #221 RC Lot Rookie **Free Combined**
$18.00

Dwight Howard Rookie Card BGS 9.5: 2004-05 Fleer Tradition Beckett Graded RC
$21.99

2004-05 FLEER ULTRA LUCKY 13 Gold Medaillon Dwight Howard RC Rookie
$12.50

2004-05 SWEET SHOT ROOKIE Dwight Howard RC Rookie 499
$10.00
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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 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 Photo

Top eBay Listings

Dwight Howard Signed Autographed Los Angeles Lakers Jersey JSA COA
$169.00

DWIGHT HOWARD ORLANDO MAGIC JSA COA SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO
$75.00

Dwight Howard Magic Signed Auto 2007 Beckett Magazine Mag JSA Certified
$99.99

Dwight Howard Signed Framed Limited Edition 16x20 Photo Upper Deck UDA # 12
$299.99

DWIGHT HOWARD Rockets Signed 11x14 Photo Slam Dunk GAI GA GLOBAL COA AUTHENTICS
$80.99

DWIGHT HOWARD - Signed 8x12 Photo "Slam Dunk Champion" - PSA DNA COA AUTHENTICS
$80.99

DWIGHT HOWARD - SIGNED 11X14 PHOTO Lakers Magics Rockets - GAI GA GLOBAL COA
$80.99

Dwight Howard signed 11x14 autograph photo Olympic Dream Team PSA U23204
$125.00

Dwight Howard Signed Authentic Autographed 11x14 Photo (PSA DNA) #K03441
$49.99

DWIGHT HOWARD SIGNED 4 20 09 SPORTS ILLUSTRATED JSA COA
$99.95

DWIGHT HOWARD SIGNED BASKETBALL ORLANDO MAGIC PSA DNA
$199.95

DWIGHT HOWARD Hand signed Houston Rockets jersey autographed PSA DNA
$140.00

DWIGHT HOWARD Signed Orlando Magic Rookie Authentic Jersey UDA
$995.00

Dwight Howard Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo Magic PSA DNA #S40516
$49.00

Dwight Howard Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo High School PSA DNA #S40517
$69.00

Dwight Howard Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo High School PSA DNA #S40513
$69.00
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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. In more recent years 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 or Google+.

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