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So much was said in the 2017 season about Aaron Judge, the American League rookie of the year resulting in the rise of Aaron Judge rookie cards.
And then of course he hit 63 home runs in the 2022 season.
Plus the fact he plays for the historic New York Yankees, Aaron Judge baseball cards continue to be a hot commodity.
Here’s the top 3 Aaron Judge rookie cards we like best and would be a great addition to any collector and Yankee fan’s set.
2013 Bowman Chrome Draft autographed Aaron Judge Rookie Cards
Any collector of autographed rookie cards has to look at whether the player has signed his Bowman Chrome Draft card.
Judge has his card autographed in the 2013 set, which has all of a sudden become very popular because of his breakout season.
His baseball card was worth less than $100 before the season began. Now? It’s worth a lot more.
2017 Topps Heritage photo variation Aaron Judge Rookie Cards
His regular rookie card in the 2017 Topps Heritage set is shared by fellow teammate Tyler Austin.
The dual-player card is reminiscent of the 1968 Topps set, which is nice but what’s even better is the photo variation of the card.
That version has Aaron Judge by himself and is far more rare.
2017 Topps Series 1 #287 Aaron Judge Rookie Cards
It’s always nice to have the rookie card from Topps flagship set (Series 1) with the RC designated on the card itself.
This Aaron Judge Topps card featuring him in an action shot and this particular baseball card is relatively easy to get and priced affordably.
For those who want something a little fancier, there are a number of refractor versions.
2017 Bowman Chrome autograph Aaron Judge Rookie Cards
While not as valuable as the 2013 Bowman Chrome Draft baseball card, this Aaron Judge rookie card came out in his full breakout rookie season. It has his autograph and the RC symbol on card.
MORE INFO ABOUT AARON JUDGE: Aaron Judge made his MLB debut in 2016 with the New York Yankees. In his first at-bat, he hit a home run and in his second game, he hit another home run, becoming only the second player in Yankees history to do so.
Fast forward to 2021, Judge had a great baseball season, earning several awards and accolades, including AL Player of the Week, a selection to the 2021 MLB All-Star Game, as well as recording his 500th career hit, and winning his second Silver Slugger award.
Before the 2022 season, Judge ended up not being able to negotiate a long-term contract with the Yankees, but signed a one-year contract for $19 million. That worked out for him in the end.
Because after his historic 63-home run campaign in 2022, later that December, Judge signed a nine-year contract worth $360 million, breaking the record for the largest MLB free agent deal in history.
Judge was also named the 16th captain of the Yankees, filling the role that had been vacant since Derek Jeter‘s retirement in 2014.
AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
|50 Home Runs||2017, 2022|
|60 Home Runs||2022|
|Home Run Derby Champion||2017|
|Rookie of the Year||2017|
|MLB All-Star||2017, 2018, 2021, 2022|
|Silver Slugger||2017, 2021, 2022|
|Hank Aaron Award||2022|
|Fielding Bible Award||2021|
|All-MLB Team (outfield)||2021|
|American League MVP||2022|
|All-MLB First Team (outfield)||2022|
|The Associated Press (AP) Male Athlete of the Year||2022|
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