Dwyane Wade is one of the top players in the NBA. However, he hasn't had an autographed basketball card since Panini became the league's lone basketball card maker. That changes with 2012-13 Panini Elite Basketball.
The Heat superstar has signed for the set, lending his signature to the Turn of the Century inserts. According to Panini, Wade signed just 49 cards. This will likely guarantee strong values for those who land one as there's a lot of pent up demand for new autographs from the two-time NBA champion.
In his early years, Wade was a fairly regular signer. In 2005, he signed an exclusive multi-year deal with Topps making him a regular in their sets. As a result, prices of Dwyane Wade autograph cards cover a wide spectrum today. Not surprisingly, high-end autographed rookie cards like Exquisite and SP Authentic carry a lot of clout. However, collectors looking for a bargain might want to consider some of the final Topps sets before their license expired. For example, the 2009-10 Bowman 48 Dwyane Wade autograph can be found for well under $40 with a little bit of patience.
2012-13 Panini Elite Basketball releases on February 20.