While Aaron Judge has never gone under the radar, this historic season catapults him into a hall of fame air. The 30-year-old star has been excellent throughout his career. Still, it is now heralded as the “new home run king” after surpassing Roger Maris by breaking the American League single-season home run record with 62 home runs. Now being mentioned among the likes of legends like Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds, and other big-time sluggers, Judge’s rise is taking shape on the diamond and the sports card industry.
If it wasn’t before, Aaron Judge’s rookie cards are some of the most sought-after cards among baseball collectors today. And we’re breaking down our top 5 Aaron Judge rookie cards. As always, this list is only our opinion, so feel free to disagree!
5. 2017 Immaculate Collection Aaron Judge Rookie Card #113 Auto Patch /99
We start our list of favorite Aaron Judge rookie cards with a product on the high end. 2017 Immaculate Collection Aaron Judge RC is considered one of the premium products featuring the young outfielder. The significance of this card stems not only from an on-card signature but also from a prime swatch of a game-worn jersey.
This may not be the most affordable card, but if you already managed to have this in your personal collection, you’ll make back the premium you paid and then some in an auction. With Judge’s success on the diamond and now this legendary season, you could see high-graded cards potentially do big numbers.
4. 2017 Topps Definitive Collection Aaron Judge Rookie Autograph
Next up on our list of favorite Aaron Judge rookie cards is the 2017 Topps Definitive Collection Aaron Judge Rookie Autograph, and more specifically, the “Bronx Bombers” variation. This Aaron Judge rookie card is a beauty with its horizontal layout and elegant design, including the inscription autograph, which proves to be another of the premium rookie cards that catch the attention of any card collector.
If you plan to add this to your personal collection, you may need to be ready to part ways with tens of thousands of dollars. As I mentioned, there is more than one Aaron Judge card in this Topps release, but the “Bronx Bombers” #’d to 35 is up to asking prices have soared this season for good reason.
3. 2017 Panini National Treasures Aaron Judge RC #162 Autograph Patch #/99
Panini National Treasures has always carried the label of “the high-end sports card product,” and there is no exception regarding Aaron Judge’s 2017 auto relic. The autographed card and Patch by the beloved brand garners the attention of any serious card collector.
The 2017 Panini National TreasuresAaron Judge Rookie Card features several low numbered parallels, including the 1/1 Brand Logo, Laundry Tag, Platinum Printing Plates Black, Printing Plates Cyan, Printing Plates Magenta, and Printing Plates Yellow.
2. Aaron Judge 2017 Topps Heritage Real One Autographs – Red Ink
At number 2, this card has been rising on the fan favorite list of the sports card industry’s Aaron Judge rookie cards. Aaron Judge 2017 Topps Heritage Real One Autographs – Red Ink Rookie Card pictures our guy posing with a smile and bat over the shoulder in a retro design featuring none other than the eye-popping red ink numbering and the red ink auto. While there are different image variations, this seems to be the more popular card.
The red ink auto price-wise is one of the most expensive rookie cards in all of Aaron Judge’s rookie cards to date. According to Sports Card Investor, Aaron Judge’s 2017 Topps Heritage Red Ink Auto went for nearly $9,000 before breaking the American League single season home record but is currently going for $20,000 (if in gem mint condition, of course).
1. Aaron Judge 2013 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospect Autograph
I’m fully aware that this is a pre-rookie card. However, for those who may not know, Aaron Judge’s 2013 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospect Autographs may be the most valuable card of all Aaron Judge baseball cards, and that’s because of a couple of reasons. First, Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects have been widely accepted as the product for rookie card collectors; therefore, it’s no surprise that Aaron Judge’s is held in high esteem.
To understand how valuable this expensive rookie card is going for, the most recent base card sold featuring the slugger’s signature is going for over $8,000 – which naturally saw a spike after him breaking the American League single-season home run record. However, if you were to have the blue refractor or gold refractor, that price skyrockets out of the park.
Alright Loupers, that is our top five Aaron Judge rookie cards. What do you think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. If you enjoyed this article please share it with your fellow baseball card collectors and friends!
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Aaron Judge Rookie Cards Checklist
|Aaron Judge Pre-Rookie Cards|
|2013 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks Aaron Judge Rookie Card |
2013 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks and Prospects Aaron Judge
2013 Bowman Sterling Prospect Autographs Aaron Judge #AJ
2013 Elite Extra Edition Aaron Judge Autograph #122 /599
2013 Leaf Memories Autographs Aaron Judge #AJ1
2013 Leaf Metal Draft Aaron Judge Autograph #AJ1
2013 Leaf Trinity Inscriptions Aaron Judge #DTIAJ1
2013 Leaf Trinity Pure Glass Autographs Aaron Judge #AJ1 /60
2013 Leaf Trinity Jumbo Patches Aaron Judge #DTPAJ1
2013 Panini Prizm Perennial Draft Picks Prospect Signatures Aaron Judge #33
2015 Panini National Treasures Prospect Silhouette Autographs Aaron Judge #1
2016 Topps Now Aaron Judge
|Aaron Judge Rookie Cards|
|2017 Bowman Aaron Judge RC #32 |
2017 Bowman Chrome Aaron Judge RC #56
2017 Bowman Platinum Aaron Judge RC #91
2017 Bowman’s Best Aaron Judge RC #1
2017 Donruss Optic Aaron Judge RC #38
2017 Donruss Aaron Judge RC #38
2017 Finest Aaron Judge RC #2
2017 Immaculate Collection Aaron Judge RC #113 Auto Patch /99
2017 Panini Chronicles Aaron Judge RC #110 /499
2017 Panini Flawless Aaron Judge RC #101 /20
2017 Panini National Treasures Aaron Judge RC Auto Jersey #162 /99
2017 Stadium Club Aaron Judge RC #64 2017 Topps Aaron Judge RC #287
2017 Topps Allen & Ginter Aaron Judge RC #172
2017 Topps Archives Aaron Judge RC #62
2017 Topps Archives Snapshots Aaron Judge RC #AS-AJ
2017 Topps Bunt Aaron Judge RC #20
2017 Topps Chrome Aaron Judge RC #169
2017 Topps Definitive Aaron Judge RC #ARC-AJU Auto Jersey /50
2017 Topps Diamond Icons Aaron Judge RC Autograph #AU-AJU /25
2017 Topps Dynasty Aaron Judge RC #AP-AA1, AP-AA2, AP-AA3 Auto Patch /10
2017 Topps Fire Aaron Judge RC
2017 Topps Five Star Aaron Judge RC Autograph #FSA-AJ
2017 Topps Gallery Aaron Judge RC #117
2017 Topps Gold Label Aaron Judge RC #86
2017 Topps Gypsy Queen Aaron Judge RC #168
2017 Topps High Tek Aaron Judge RC #HT-AJ
2017 Topps Inception Aaron Judge Autograph RC #112 – Redemption
2017 Topps Museum Collection Aaron Judge RC #95
2017 Topps Heritage Red Ink Auto Aaron Judge Rookie Card
2017 Topps Archives Aaron Judge Rookie Card 59′ Bazooka Autograph Soft Red