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

Dwyane Wade Cards - 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite Dwyane Wade

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

Dwyane Wade Cards - 2003-04 Ultimate Collection Dwyane Wade

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

Dwyane Wade Cards - 2003-04 Bowman Chrome Dwyane Wade

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.

Top eBay Listings

2014-15 Panini Totally Certified Jerseys Red #35 Dwyane Wade Miami Heat Card
$10.00

2003-04 Topps Jersey Edition #DW Dwyane Wade SS RC Jersey
$29.60

2007-08 Topps Chrome 1957-58 Variations X-Fractor #3 Dwyane Wade # 50
$27.60

2003-04 Fleer Focus #148 Dwyane Wade RC # 499
$11.80

2006 Bowman Elevation Executive Level Blue Relics #ELR-DW Dwyane Wade Miami Heat
$12.25

2006 Bowman Elevation Executive Level Blue Relics #ELR-DW Dwyane Wade Miami Heat
$12.25

2010-11 Panini Rookies & Stars Stardom Materials Memorabilia 13 Dwyane Wade Card
$12.75

2010-11 Panini Rookies & Stars Stardom Materials Memorabilia 13 Dwyane Wade Card
$12.75

DWYANE WADE 2003-04 TOPPS PRISTINE REFRACTOR #113 BGS 9
$60.00

2009-10 Bowman 48 Autographs Dwyane Wade Miami Heat #48ADW NM-MT+
$29.99

2013-14 Panini Intrigue 27 Dirk Nowitzki, Dwyane Wade, Tim Duncan 25 Card 0e0
$69.99

DWYANE WADE 2003-04 TOPPS PRISTINE RC #113 BGS 8.5
$30.00

DWYANE WADE 08 TOPPS FINEST AUTO AUTOGRAPH CARD!
$43.00

DWYANE WADE 2003-04 03 04 Skybox L.E. Sky's The Limit Game Jersey Card 99
$27.80

DWYANE WADE 2005 06 TOPPS BIG GAME 33
$23.00

Dwyane Wade 2012-13 Panini Intrigue Game Used 25 Heat
$12.99
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Rookie Cards

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

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2003-04 Dwyane Wade Fleer Rookie Heat Mint Condition
$5.95

2003-04 Topps Jersey Edition #DW Dwyane Wade SS RC Jersey
$29.60

2003-04 Fleer Focus #148 Dwyane Wade RC # 499
$11.80

2003-04 Fleer Avant #69 Dwyane Wade RC # 699
$9.60

DWYANE WADE 2003-04 TOPPS PRISTINE RC #113 BGS 8.5
$30.00

2003 04 UPPER DECK ROOKIE EXCLUSIVES DWYANE WADE RC STAR ROOKIE JERSEY CARD
$16.99

DWYANE WADE 2003 04 03 04 TOPPS CHROME #115 ROOKIE RC J1486
$7.50

2003-04 Topps Rookie Matrix CHRIS BOSH CHRIS KAMAN DWYANE WADE Rookie Card
$18.99

2003-04 Upper Deck Rookie Exclusives Black & White 5 Dwyane Wade Miami Heat Card
$9.97

2003-04 Upper Deck Rookie Exclusives Black & White 5 Dwyane Wade Miami Heat Card
$9.97

2003-04 Upper Deck Rookie Exclusives Black & White 5 Dwyane Wade Miami Heat Card
$10.24

2003-04 Flair Sweet Swatch Game Jersey SSJ-DW Dwyane Wade Miami Heat Rookie Card
$8.65

2003-04 Flair Sweet Swatch Game Jersey SSJ-DW Dwyane Wade Miami Heat Rookie Card
$8.65

2003-04 Flair Sweet Swatch Game Jersey SSJ-DW Dwyane Wade Miami Heat Rookie Card
$8.86

2003-04 Fleer Patchworks By the Numbers Dwyane Wade Game Worn Jersey Rookie Card
$19.99

Dwyane Wade 2003-04 TOPPS, FLEER & UPPER DECK ROOKIE LOT (4) & BIG SIGNS INSERT
$14.95
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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


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 signed jersey PSA DNA Chicago Bulls autographed
$399.99

DWYANE WADE “3” SIGNED AUTO PHOTO 8X10 MIAMI HEAT CHICAGO BULLS CHAMPMVP PSA DNA
$70.00

Signed Miami Heat Dwyane Wade NBA Championship Ring Photo jsa#Q28473
$99.99

Dwyane Wade Signed 2006 Sports Illustrated Magazine JSA
$274.99

DWYANE WADE MIAMI HEAT SPORTS ILLUSTRATED AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED 11X14 PHOTO W JSA
$179.99

LeBron James Dwyane Wade Signed Autographed 16X24 Photo The Next Level # 25 UDA
$1,495.00

DWYANE WADE (Miami HEAT) Signed 8 x10 PHOTO with PSA COA
$79.95

DWYANE WADE (Miami HEAT) Signed 8 x10 PHOTO with PSA DNA COA
$79.95

DWYANE WADE (Miami HEAT) Signed 8 x10 PHOTO w PSA COA
$79.95

Dwyane Wade Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo Marquette Golden Eagles PSA DNA
$119.00

Dwyane Wade Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo Marquette Golden Eagles PS
$119.00

Dwyane Wade Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo Marquette Golden Eagles PSA DNA
$119.00

Dwyane Wade Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo Marquette Golden Eagles PSA DNA
$119.00

Dwyane Wade Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo Marquette Golden Eagles PSA DNA
$119.00

Dwyane Wade Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo Marquette Golden Eagles PSA DNA
$119.00

DWYANE WADE MARQUETTE SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO JSA H81782
$159.99
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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. 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+.

User Comments

  1. I have , in pristine condition , a 2004 upper deck , UD glass , card #. 033/250 Dwyane Wade rookie card. It does appear too made a glass type material and I cannot find any info or pics. Of this card at all. Can you point me in the right direction ?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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