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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GRANT HILL-DWIGHT HOWARD-FRANCIS-JAMEER 2005 06 TOPPS LUXURY BOX JERSEY 69 193
$24.99
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DWIGHT HOWARD-DARKO MILICIC 2006 07 TOPPS LUXURY BOX GAME USED JERSEY 147 299
$7.99
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PATRICK EWING DWIGHT HOWARD SHAQ #'d 299 GU JSY SP Game Used JERSEY 2009 09
$34.99
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2009 Bowman DWIGHT HOWARD Black Border Autograph #D28 48
$11.05
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Shaquille O'Neal DAVID ROBINSON 6 GU JERSEY DWIGHT HOWARD HAKEEM OLAJUWON BOGUT
$32.95
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2003 sage pangos # 2 dwight howard swatlanta christian high school
$5.50
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2012-13 NATIONAL TREASURES DWIGHT HOWARD DUAL JERSEY 59 99
$6.00
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Dwight Howard 2004-05 Fleer Ultra Lucky 13 Gold Medallion #176 Magic Rockets
$8.99
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Dwight Howard Bowman Chrome Rookie Card #129
$9.99
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2009-10 STUDIO DWIGHT HOWARD GAME-WORN JERSEY CARD #177 249 - ORLANDO MAGIC
$7.15
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2004-05 topps luxury box #101 DWIGHT HOWARD rookie BGS 10 9.5
$16.00
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DWIGHT HOWARD AL JEFFERSON JERSEY BOOKLET 2012-13 Preferred #4 125 199
$19.99
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Dwight Howard Sweet Shot 05-06 Signature Shots Autograph AUTO SS-DH
$35.09
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2004-05 upper deck r-class DWIGHT HOWARD rookie BGS BCCG 10
$7.00
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2004-05 Topps #221 DWIGHT HOWARD Rookie Card BGS 9.5
$12.99
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35ct Dwight Howard 2013 Panini Black Friday Lot & 1ct LAVA FLOW *N413
$25.45
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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 TOPPS Luxury Box Dwight Howard Quad Jersey RC
$40.00
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2004-05 Finest Dwight Howard RC BGS 9.5!!!
$19.99
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2004-05 Dwight Howard Exquisite Auto Patches 4 Color RC Rookie Patch Auto 100
$599.00
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Dwight Howard 3 Card LOT w RC Rookie & DUAL GU Jersey Patch Memorabilia Relic +!
$9.95
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2004-05 UD DWIGHT HOWARD UPPER DECK SPX AUTO RC BGS 9
$261.25
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2004 SP AUTHENTIC DWIGHT HOWARD AUTO RC BGS 9.5 GEM MINT AUTO BGS 10 PSA 10
$225.00
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2004 ULTIMATE COLLECTION DWIGHT HOWARD AUTO RC PSA 10 GEM MINT NUMBERED 136 250
$350.00
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2004-05 SP AUTHENTIC EXTRA LIMITED DWIGHT HOWARD RC AUTO 17 25 BGS 9.5 10!!
$1,000.00
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2004-05 Bowman Signature *2 Card LOT* DWIGHT HOWARD RC JSY 1000 Rare!! Rookie!!
$19.99
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Dwight Howard LAKERS 2004-05 Fleer Sweet Sigs RC 999
$8.99
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DWIGHT HOWARD 04 FLEER SWEET SIGS GOLD ROOKIE RC CARD #81 99 BGS GEM MINT 9.5!
$31.45
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2004 04-05 FLEER AUTHENTIX NBA HOBBY BOX: DWIGHT HOWARD RC, WADE SHAQ AUTO 1 1
$131.27
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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 Houston Rockets jersey - PSA DNA Authentic - 8x All Star
$295.00
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Dwight Howard Signed White Jersey Number (UDA Auth)
$110.00
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DWIGHT HOWARD HOUSTON ROCKETS SIGNED SPALDING 29.5 BASKETBALL JSA COA #H12573
$79.99
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MAGIC DWIGHT HOWARD SIGNED AUTHENTIC 16X20 PHOTO MATTED PSA DNA #S85383
$124.99
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Dwight Howard AUTO Signed Lakers Jersey (PSA) W68726
$119.99
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Dwight Howard & Nate Robinson Signed 8x10 PSA DNA RARE
$109.99
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Dwight Howard Superman Signed Framed Photo Set 16x20 GAI Magic
$83.99
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Dwight Howard Superman Signed Framed Photo Set 16x20 GAI
$83.99
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Dwight Howard Lakers signed PSA basketball Jersey un used houston Rockets
$399.99
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Dwight Howard Signed Authentic Autographed 11x14 Photo (PSA DNA) #K03444
$49.99
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Dwight Howard Signed Spalding Basketball PSA, JSA
$350.00
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DWIGHT HOWARD MAGIC,LAKERS,HOF JSA COA SIGNED BASKETBALL
$275.00
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Dwight Howard Signed Spalding NBA Basketball JSA Lakers Magic
$149.99
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JSA Authentic Signed Dwight Howard Auto 8x10 Photo Photograph
$34.95
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DWIGHT HOWARD Signed Autographed Orlando Magic Jersey PSA GAI Letter
$325.00
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DWIGHT HOWARD SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO PSA COA ORLANDO MAGIC
$80.00
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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. 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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