Dwight Howard was selected as the first overall pick of the 2004 draft by Orlando Magic, and big things were expected from the center.
He did not disappoint and has been selected for the All-Star game 8 times, as well as being selected the NBA Defensive Player of the Year on 3 occasions.
Howard has played for 6 different Franchises, and in 2020 won his first-ever NBA Championship with the LA Lakers.
Howard slotted straight into the Magic team in his rookie year and at a time when they were considered one of the worst teams in the league but started to help turn their fortunes around.
He started all 82 regular-season games, scoring 12 points per game from the center position. Let’s look at the top-rated Dwight Howard RCs from an investment perspective.
2004 Dwight Howard Upper Deck Exquisite Autograph Patch RC #90
This card is undoubtedly one of Howard’s best and best from 2004.
It features Howard at the top frame on a blue camo like the background in Heat uniform holding a ball, whilst the patch is in the middle, and the on-card autograph is at the bottom.
All of this and a limited print run of just 99 results in a card with a very high value, stretching well into the thousands of dollars.
Only the look few can own this card, but it is truly the icing on the cake of any collection.
2004 Dwight Howard SPx Autograph Patch RC #147
The design of this card is a bit of an acquired taste (is Dwight trying to make love to the ball?).
It is horizontally printed, with Howard clutching a ball on the left, the patch in the top right, and the autograph in a white box in the middle.
Pro-Tip: Buying hobby boxes is not the best investment, but boy, is it fun ripping them packs open… it’s OKAY to buy them ever so often but limited yourself and know it’s not a positive ROI.
There is a lot going on with the background, which makes the card unique, but for some reason, it does not quite work and is a bit of an eyeful.
The card is serial numbered up to 750, so is expensive but not unreasonably so and within reach of most serious collectors.
2004 Dwight Howard Topps Chrome RC #186
This is a great-looking card featuring Howard dunking in his blue Orlando Magic uniform with a dark background that stands out.
His name and team logo are centered at the bottom, while the card is outlined in a white border.
There are plenty of these Topps and Topps Chrome Howard RCs out there for you to get your hands on, but they still do not come cheap.
The most expensive Dwight Howard rookie cards are the 2004 Exquisite Collection Dwight Howard RPA /99 #90 and the 2004 SP Signature LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony RC #JHA.
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- 2004 SP Authentic Dwight Howard RC
- 2004 SP Signature LeBron James, Dwight Howard Carmelo Anthony
- 2004 Bowman Dwight Howard Rookie Card #129
- 2004 Topps Chrome Dwight Howard RC #166
- 2004 SPx Dwight Howard RPA RC #90
- 2004 Topps Pristine Dwight Howard RC #102
- 2004 Finest Refractor RC #159
- 2004 Finest Dwight Howard RED X-Fractor RC
- 2004 SP Signature Dwight Howard Auto Inkredible Inscription RC #25
- 2004 Ultimate Collection Dwight Howard RC #127
Buyers Guide and Investment Outlook
Investment Rating: Pass (2.9 out of 5)
Ownership Disclosure: None
Best Dwight Howard Rookie Card: 2004 Topps Chrome RC #166
Howard’s rookie card investment right now looks as safe as ever but that still isn’t enough for us to recommend a buy.
However, currently playing in a star-studded LA Lakers side, he has a great chance to win more Championships.
He has looked destined for the Hall of Fame since his rookie season.
If he wins another title with the Lakers we may upgrade his status to a soft buy.