Rookie Card Year: 2003-04
Investment Rating: 6.5
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
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.
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.
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.
Dwyane Wade Rookie Card Checklist
Budget Rookie Cards
- 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 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 Bowman #149 Autograph
- 2003-04 Bowman Chrome #149 Autograph #/250
- 2003-04 Bowman Signature Edition #79 Autographed Jersey #/1250
- 2003-04 Finest #158 Autograph #/999
- 2003-04 Hoops Hot Prospects #108 Autographed Jersey #/400
- 2003-04 SkyBox LE #134 #/99
- 2003-04 Topps Rookie Matrix #WJB Wade/James/Bosh (Multiple Versions)
- 2003-04 Ultimate Collection #131 Autograph #/250
- 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite #74 Autographed Jersey #/99
- 2003-04 Upper Deck SP Authentic #152 Autograph #/500
- 2003-04 Upper Deck SPx #155 Autographed Jersey #/750
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
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:
- A quickly written signature with few letters being legible.
- An over-sized letter "D" in either a loop or sharp angle.
- A letter "y" with an open loop at the bottom.
- 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.
- The letter "d" varies, in this example it is evidenced by a small loop, upstroke and tailing line.
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