The landscape of the NBA in 2003/04 was much different back in those days. Dwyane Wade was a promising rookie for the Miami Heat and Kobe Bryant was a 3-Time Champion who was trying to shrug off sexual assault charges brought against him in Colorado. By the time the 03/04 UD Legends cards were released on June 20, 2004 - Wade was at home relaxing and Bryant was deciding if he'd resign with the Lakers.
Shaquille O'Neal was traded during the summer of 2004 and Bryant remained with the Lakers and struggled through a couple season with the likes of Smush Parker and Vladimir Radmanović as teammates. Meanwhile, Wade teamed with O'Neal and won a Championship in 2005/06. The Lakers eventually re-loaded, Kobe's off-the-court reputation was restored for the most part, and he has led his team to the Finals for the past three seasons.
This 2003/04 UD Legends Dual Autograph of Wade/Bryant is the most watched Basketball card on eBay. The card is serial numbered to 25 and is signed on-card by both players. You never know how these dual autographs, pairing a rookie with an established veteran, will turn out in the long run. For example, a card from the same 03/04 'Rookie Impressions' insert set is a dual auto of Larry Bird and Darko Milicic. Ouch. It's safe to say Upper Deck got lucky with this Bryant/Wade card and NBA Commissioner David Stern is hoping the two meet in the 2010/11 NBA Finals, you can bet on that.
03-04 UD Legends Kobe Bryant Dwyane Wade DUAL AUTO /25
Watchers: 93 (Most Watched Basketball Card)
Current Price: $315.00
Final Price: $504.00
Auction Ends: October 21