Dwyane Wade autographs return in 2012-13 Elite


By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

Panini America is adding some Flash to its latest basketball sets.

After more than two years on the sidelines, Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade will have his first certified autographs in some time in the forthcoming 2012-13 Panini Elite, which is set to arrive on Feb. 20. (Click here for a checklist and OPG when ready.)

Wade, a former Topps spokesman, has not had a certified autograph since one Topps product made for the its abbreviated 2009-10 season of releases, Bowman 48 (below). Not long after this release, Panini America became the NBA’s official exclusive manufacturer of cards.

In all, Wade appears on 694 different certified autograph cards including his 2012-13 Elite Turn of the Century Autographs card, which will be limited to just 49 copies and will be his only autograph in the product.

As a Topps spokesman, Wade signed 531 different cards for the company while signing just 96 for Fleer and 64 for Upper Deck.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Basketball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.



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  1. Hscshooter 6 February, 2013 at 11:22

    I see children are still signing for him. Can any athlete please have a legible auto? You would think having been away for 2 years he would have worked on his penmanship. If you just looked at the auto and not the picture who would gues that’s D-Wade’s auto?

  2. RJ 6 February, 2013 at 12:02

    It used to be WAY nicer his rookie year … not even close to the Bowman sig. Hopefully Panini requests that they look more like the 03-04 autos.

  3. RJ 6 February, 2013 at 12:03

    Now Panini just has to get LeBron! How depressing is that … the MVP (LeBron) and the ROY (Lillard) do not actually have autos with their current teams.

  4. Anthony 6 February, 2013 at 21:51

    that just means that panini shouldn’t have exclusive rights to produce nba cards.. there should be more than one manufacturer making cards for each league.. this is bloody stupid..

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