Outside of the truly elite players like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, few basketball collectibles garner as much interest as Dwyane Wade rookie autograph cards.
Wade's rookie year—2003-04—features multiple signature choices. Based on his obvious potential, Topps signed Wade to a multi-year exclusive in 2005. After the 2009-10 season, Topps lost their NBA license. Since Topps still retained their exclusive with Wade, no new autographs were produced for several years. This finally changed in 2013, when it was announced that Panini was producing Dwyane Wade autograph cards. And then the floodgates re-opened.
Still, many collectors look back to the earliest days for Dwyane Wade rookie autographs.
Of course, Wade's rookie checklist is not limited to just autographed cards, but these tend to see the most attention. If you want his best card that is not signed, check out 2003-04 Topps Chrome.
The list below highlights some of the best Dwyane Wade rookie autographs available.
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Top Dwyane Wade Rookie Autograph Cards
2003-04 Bowman Chrome Dwyane Wade RC #149 Autograph #/250
Just like his base Bowman rookie card, the Chrome Dwayne Wade rookie autograph in 2003-04 Bowman is not going to win any design awards. However, an on-card signature, as well as a low print run and several Refractor parallels, keep it very popular with collectors.
2003-04 Exquisite Collection Dwyane Wade RC #74 Auto Patch #/99
Like almost any first-year player featured in this iconic product, 2003-04 Exquisite is home to the top Dwyane Wade rookie. Although it is out of reach for many collectors, this is the very best Dwyane Wade rookie autograph card. The combination of a very limited print run, on-card autograph, jersey piece, and, of course, the Exquisite name, sets this card apart from all his other cards.
This is obviously not the only Dwyane Wade rookie autograph in 2003-04 Exquisite Collection. His Limited Logos card is also a top option, as well as the Noble Nameplates card.
2003-04 SP Authentic Dwyane Wade RC #152 Autograph #/500
The bronze pyramid background does overshadow the rest of the design, but this 2003-04 SP Authentic rookie receives strong interest based on the on-card autograph and mid-level print run. A "Limited" parallel, numbered to 50, also generates a lot of demand.
2003-04 SPx Dwyane Wade RC #155 Autograph Jersey #/750
From a design perspective, 2003-04 SPx is not the greatest. It looks very clunky and the trapped autograph is not ideal. But, depending on the collector, it might a better option than a sticker autograph. And the higher print run of 750 copies means it can be easier to track down.
2003-04 Topps Finest Dwyane Wade RC #158 Autograph #/999
Easily one of the loudest Dwyane Wade autograph cards in existence, 2003-04 Finest offers a very colorful card. Despite another sticker autograph and a higher print run, these cards and their Refractor parallels see a lot of demand.
2003-04 Topps Rookie Photo Shoot Autographs Dwyane Wade #TADW2
The 2003-04 Topps Rookie Photo Shoot autograph for Wade has become highly sought-after over the years. Technically an insert, the simple design, on-card autograph and extreme rarity keep its value very strong. These cards do not pop up often.
2003-04 Ultimate Collection Dwyane Wade RC #131 Autograph #/250
Ultimate Collection nailed the rookie card autograph design in 2003-04. Understated elegance makes this one of the best-looking cards on the list, while low numbering and an on-card autograph further enhance this awesome Dwyane Wade rookie autograph card.