Dwyane Wade Rookie Cards and Autograph Memorabilia Buying Guide

Dwyane Wade

Date of Birth: 1/17/1982
Rookie Card Year: 2003-04
Investment Rating: 6.5


Overview

Dwyane Wade is a great basketball player that has built an impressive resume. Not surprisingly, Dwyane Wade cards are some of the most popular among basketball enthusiasts.

The Chicago native has three NBA championships. Wade currently forms a third of one of the most polarizing trios in history. In the hobby world, just like on the Miami Heat, he normally takes a backseat to LeBron James. While not in the top tier, Dwyane Wade cards and autographs still carry strong value.

Given his age, it is likely that Wade is approaching the twilight of his career. He has achieved many individual accolades and now will look to increase his championship totals. This push will serve to raise his values and put Wade in more exclusive territory. It is fair to expect consistent increases if the Heat continue to compete at a high level. However, with James at his side, Wade will always be held back by his sidekick role.

The rookie class of 2003-04 is widely considered one of the greatest in history. Wade was drafted alongside fellow All-Stars, James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh. The most recent championship will further increase demand for the highly valued  2003-04 products. Unopened wax has long since dried up. Collectors are much better served going after rookie singles of Dwyane Wade cards rather than taking a chance on an overpriced box.

Certified autographs are always a good option for collectors and Wade has plenty from his rookie season through to the 2009-10 season. Since Wade had an exclusive deal with Topps and the card maker stopped making basketball cards, new signatures dried up. Panini finally reached a deal with Wade to start including him in products, but these have been very limited.

Collectors have more than 50 2003-04 rookie Dwyane Wade cards to choose from. They can be found for any budget. Low-numbered autographs top the list.

Top Dwyane Wade Rookie Cards

2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite Dwyane Wade RC #74 Autographed Jersey #/99

2003 04 Exquisite Dwyane Wade Image

The 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite Basketball rookie is the unquestioned top option among Dwyane Wade cards. Limited to only 99 copies, it features an on-card autograph and medium-sized jersey piece. The card design features a lot of white space but still manages to feel complete. It is one of the best designs in recent memory and would make a phenomenal addition for any collector that is prepared to drop thousands.

2003-04 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Dwyane Wade RC #131 Autograph #/250

2003 04 Ultimate Collection Dwyane Wade Image

Another solid pick among rookie Dwyane Wade cards comes from 2003-04 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection. It has a much more simple design. A low print run of 250 combined with a less common full-size image and an understated background makes this card a great option for collectors. The actual autograph is highlighted properly without making it feel separate form the rest of the card.

2003-04 Bowman Chrome Dwyane Wade RC #149 Autograph #/250

2003 04 Bowman Chrome Dwyane Wade Image

Also limited to 250, the 2003-04 Bowman Chrome makes the list in spite of its design. For lack of a better word, the design is disappointing. The boxy chromium layout is further diminished by the signature area that is whited out to appear as though the chrome has been erased in that area. On top of that, a college image of Wade is used in the card. Rarity alone keeps this card popular with collectors.

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Dwyane Wade 2003-04 Topps Collection RC Rookie #225 BGS 9 Mint Miami Heat *G9
$24.99
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2003-04 Dwyane Wade Fleer E-X Buzzer Beaters #195 299 RC Auto BGS9-10 Auto
$113.00
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2004-05 Skybox E-XL Court Authentics Corporate Archive Proof DWYANE WADE PSA
$49.99
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2004-05 Fleer Showcase Hot Hands Corporate Archive Proof DWYANE WADE PSA
$49.99
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2004-05 Fleer Authentix Patch Authentix Corporate Archive Proof DWYANE WADE PSA
$49.99
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2004-05 FLAIR SIGNIFICANT SIGNINGS DWYANE WADE DIE CUTS 5 BGS 9 MINT AUTO 10
$199.99
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Dwayne Wade Fleer Ultra 2004-2005 Season Crowns AUTO AUTOGRAPH
$50.00
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DWYANE WADE BEASLEY 2009 DONRUSS ELITE TEAM COMBO PSA 10 Gem Mint
$17.99
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DWYANE WADE 2008 FLEER HOT PROSPECTS #81 PSA 10 Gem Mint
$19.99
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DWYANE WADE 2003-04 TOPPS COLLECTION GOLD RC BCCG 10 MINT MIAMI HEAT ROOKIE
$14.99
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2006 NBA eTopps Dwyane Wade Heat Anaheim National Trade Show Card 1 of 100 NEW
$18.95
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BGS 9.5 DWYANE WADE 2003 BLACK DIAMOND RC SP SUBS 10 95 95 95 CARD IS FLAWLESS
$71.99
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2006-07 LUXURY BOX TRIPLE JERSEY ALONZO MOURNING DWYANE WADE O'NEAL 249
$25.00
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LEBRON JAMES DWYANE WADE CHRIS BOSH 2003-04 Topps Matrix Triple Rookie Card RC
$199.99
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2005-06 UPPER DECK ULTIMATE COLLECTION #68 DWYANE WADE #260 750, MIAMI HEAT
$11.65
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DWYANE WADE 05-06 TOPPS FINEST JSY REFRACTOR #D NBA
$48.99
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Rookie Cards

Dwyane Wade Rookie Card Checklist

Budget Rookie Cards

2003 04 Upper Deck MVP Dwyane Wade Image

  • 2003-04 Flair #113 #/500
  • 2003-04 Flair Final Edition #87 #/799
  • 2003-04 Fleer Authentix #128 #/1250
  • 2003-04 Fleer Avant #69 #/699
  • 2003-04 Fleer Mystique #119 #/999
  • 2003-04 Fleer Patchworks #117 #/799
  • 2003-04 Fleer Platinum #190 #/750
  • 2003-04 Fleer Showcase #115 #/1000
  • 2003-04 Fleer Tradition #265
  • 2003-04 SkyBox Autographics #75 #/1500
  • 2003-04 SkyBox LE Retail #134
  • 2003-04 Topps #225
  • 2003-04 Topps Pristine #113
  • 2003-04 Upper Deck #305
  • 2003-04 Upper Deck Black Diamond #148
  • 2003-04 Upper Deck MVP #205
  • 2003-04 Upper Deck Rookie Exclusives #5
  • 2003-04 Upper Deck Standing O #89
  • 2003-04 Upper Deck Victory #105

Mid-Range Rookie Cards

2003 04 Topps Chrome Dwyane Wade Image

  • 2003-04 E-X #90
  • 2003-04 Fleer Focus #148 #/499
  • 2003-04 Fleer Genuine Insider #110 #/499
  • 2003-04 Topps Chrome #115
  • 2003-04 Topps Collection #225
  • 2003-04 Topps Jersey Edition #DW Jersey
  • 2003-04 Ultra #175 #/500
  • 2003-04 Upper Deck Finite #239 #/200
  • 2003-04 Upper Deck Glass #97 #/250
  • 2003-04 Upper Deck Hardcourt #128 #/799
  • 2003-04 Upper Deck Honor Roll #110 Jersey #/499
  • 2003-04 Upper Deck Legends #131 #/999
  • 2003-04 Upper Deck SP Game Used #111 #/999
  • 2003-04 Upper Deck SP Signature Edition #105 #/499
  • 2003-04 Upper Deck Sweet Shot #95 #/799
  • 2003-04 Upper Deck Triple Dimensions #128 #/899

Premium Rookie Cards

2003 04 SP Authentic Dwyane Wade Image

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Dwyane Wade 2003-04 Topps Collection RC Rookie #225 BGS 9 Mint Miami Heat *G9
$24.99
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2003-04 Dwyane Wade Fleer E-X Buzzer Beaters #195 299 RC Auto BGS9-10 Auto
$113.00
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CARMELO ANTHONY DWYANE WADE CHRIS BOSH 2003-04 TOPPS ROOKIE MATRIX
$9.99
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DWYANE WADE 2003-04 TOPPS COLLECTION GOLD RC BCCG 10 MINT MIAMI HEAT ROOKIE
$14.99
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BGS 9.5 DWYANE WADE 2003 BLACK DIAMOND RC SP SUBS 10 95 95 95 CARD IS FLAWLESS
$71.99
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LEBRON JAMES DWYANE WADE CHRIS BOSH 2003-04 Topps Matrix Triple Rookie Card RC
$199.99
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Dwyane Wade Rookie Cards
$9.99
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Lot 2 2003-04 TOPPS DWYANE WADE RC ROOKIE HEAT 03-04 #225
$7.99
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2003-04 BAZOOKA #252 DWYANE WADE "GOLD" ROOKIE CARD RC, MIAMI HEAT, 040114
$8.95
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2003-04 UD Ultimate Collection Signatures Dwyane Wade RC Heat BGS 9.5 Auto 10
$249.99
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2003-04 TOPPS # 225 DWYANE WADE ROOKIE CARD HEAT
$8.00
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2003 4 Fleer Platinum Portraits Dwyane Wade RC Miami Heat Marquette
$7.50
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2003-04 Topps Rookie Matrix Lebron James Chris Bosh Dwyane Wade Rookie Card
$15.50
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Dwyane Wade 03-04 Fleer Ex Buzzer Beater Heat Rookie Autograph #DW-BBA 296 299
$21.05
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2003-04 SPX Dwyane Wade RC Auto Miami Heat Jersey Patch # 750
$249.99
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2003-04 SP Authentic Dwyane Wade RC Auto # 500 SGC 96 MINT = PSA or BGS 9
$249.99
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Autograph Guide

Dwyane Wade Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Dwyane Wade'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.

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

  1. A quickly written signature with few letters being legible.
  2. An over-sized letter "D" in either a loop or sharp angle.
  3. A letter "y" with an open loop at the bottom.
  4. A pen lift before starting the letter "w" which start with a short line written at about a 40 degree angle before beginning one under loop followed by a wider one.
  5. The letter "d" varies, in this example it is evidenced by a small loop, upstroke and tailing line.

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DWYANE WADE PSA DNA SIGNED 8X10 PHOTOFILE PHOTO, MIAMI HEAT, MINT AUTOGRAPH
$99.00
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Dwyane Wade Miami Heat Flash Signed 16x20 Photo Framed Display JSA COA J 57557
$280.00
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DWYANE WADE AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED MARQUETTE BLUE JERSEY PSA DNA
$219.00
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Dwyane Wade Heat Signed Sports Illustrated PSA DNA
$129.95
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DWYANE WADE SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO MIAMI HEAT BASKETBALL JSA AUTH COA AUTOGRAPH AUTO
$99.99
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DWYANE WADE SIGNED SPORTS ILLUSTRATED MIAMI HEAT BASKETBALL JSA AUTH COA AUTO
$139.99
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DWYANE WADE SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO MIAMI HEAT BASKETBALL JSA AUTH COA AUTOGRAPH AUTO
$99.99
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DWYANE WADE Signed MIAMI HEAT 8x10 photo + JSA COA #F83756
$65.00
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2006 DWYANE WADE SIGNED MIAMI HEAT JERSEY WHT SZ 52 AUTHENTIC REEBOK W TAGS GAI
$275.00
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Dwyane Wade Miami Heat Signed Replica Jersey JSA
$399.99
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DWYANE WADE PSA DNA SIGNED SPALDING LEATHER OFFICIAL NBA GAME BASKETBALL, MINT
$199.95
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HEAT DWYANE WADE SIGNED AUTHENTIC 16X20 PHOTO AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA #U52338
$99.99
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LEBRON JAMES & DWYANE WADE Signed Basketball UDA LE 136
$1,395.00
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Dwyane Wade Signed & PSA DNA Authenticated 24"x32" Miami Heat Canvas-FRAMED
$149.95
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Dwyane Wade Autographed Signed Li Ning Way Of Wade Shoes JSA Authenticated
$1,300.00
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Dwyane Wade Signed Miami Heat Jersey (PSA DNA COA) Auto Autograph
$504.99
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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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