Aaron Judge rookie cards were among the most popular gems in the hobby before they even existed!

Say what?

It’s true … sort of.

See, in this modern hobby of ours, “rookie card” has a pretty specific (if convoluted) meaning — basically, it’s the first card of a player in a given standalone base set (not an insert, in other words) that’s issued after he reaches the highest level of competition (the Major Leagues, in Judge’s case).

Starting in 2006, Topps took things a step further by slapping the “RC” label on cards that met those criteria, plus showing the player in his big league uniform.

Based on all that, Aaron Judge‘s own rookie cards were slated for release in various 2017 sets, owing to his debut with the Yankees in August of 2016.

The thing is, though, Judge was the Yankees’ first-round pick back in the 2013 MLB Draft, which heaped a generous portion of attention on him right away. His huge 6’7″ frame and monster power potential didn’t hurt in that regard, either.

By the end of 2013, Panini, Bowman, and Leaf had already pumped several variations of Judge “prospect” and “draft” cards into the market, even though none of them qualified as true rookie cards.

The situation only intensified as Judge climbed the minor league ladder, and when he hit home runs in each of his first two games with the Bombers in 2016, the market for his cards was officially hot.

All before even one Aaron Judge “rookie card” ever saw the light of day.

Of course, Judge rocketed from mere young star to bona fide supernova the next summer (2017) when he hit 52 home runs to break the rookie record previously held by Mark McGwire (and topped — at 53 — by Pete Alonso of the Mets in 2019).

That total led the American League, though it fell short of future teammate Giancarlo Stanton‘s 59 with the Miami Marlins.

But his monster season landed Judge the American League Rookie of the Year Award and left him second (to Jose Altuve) in MVP voting.

And, oh yeah — Judge’s breakout cemented him as a hobby darling with all of his “rookie cards” skyrocketing through the summer and fall … semantics be darned!

Now, several years into his career, All Rise has experienced some ups and downs, but has also proven his status as one of the best hitters in the game, an All-Star, a Yankee favorite … and a hobby favorite.

His continued sway with collectors is conspicuous in the action and interest his cards see whenever they appear for sale, as evidenced by the following list of the most watched Aaron Judge rookie cards on eBay right now — updated every few minutes, so check back often!

(NOTE: The section below contains affiliate links to eBay listings for the card shown.)

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2017 Bowman Chrome Aaron Judge Yankees Rookie On Card Auto /150 PSA 9 (Auto 10)

Watchers: 73  
# of Bids: 28
Current Bid: $255
Auction Ends: 05-Jul-2022 03:07
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2013 BOWMAN AARON JUDGE ORANGE PARALLEL #d /250 ROOKIE RC CARD #BDPP19 NM-MT

Watchers: 49  
# of Bids: 27
Current Bid: $66
Auction Ends: 30-Jun-2022 01:06
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Entire Collection Of Sports Trading Cards Over 5000 Cards

Watchers: 37  
# of Bids: 22
Current Bid: $306
Auction Ends: 30-Jun-2022 10:06
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2017 Topps Aaron Judge Rookie Card RC #287 PSA 10 GEM MINT Yankees M159

Watchers: 34  
# of Bids: 47
Current Bid: $102.5
Auction Ends: 30-Jun-2022 02:06
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Pete Alonso Aaron Judge duel on Card Auto Rookie. # 9/49

Watchers: 30  
# of Bids: 2
Current Bid: $205
Auction Ends: 05-Jul-2022 16:07
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2013 BOWMAN CHROME AARON JUDGE ROOKIE RC CARD #BDPP19 NEW YORK YANKEES NM+ READ

Watchers: 28  
# of Bids: 16
Current Bid: $22.5
Auction Ends: 30-Jun-2022 01:06
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2022 Topps Series 2 5-Card Batting Helmet Commemorative- Wander Franco RC

Watchers: 26  
# of Bids: 6
Current Bid: $12.5
Auction Ends: 03-Jul-2022 19:07
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2017 Bowman Chrome Aaron Judge Rookie Card RC #56 PSA 9 MINT Yankees M27

Watchers: 26  
# of Bids: 16
Current Bid: $29
Auction Ends: 30-Jun-2022 01:06
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2-card CHROME Rookie Lot (both PSA 10) 2017 Aaron Judge Fielding RC + Hitting RC

Watchers: 25  
# of Bids: 18
Current Bid: $172.5
Auction Ends: 30-Jun-2022 01:06
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LOT (2) Aaron Judge New York Yankees 2017 Topps Chrome 1987 Refractor Rookie RC

Watchers: 24  
# of Bids: 13
Current Bid: $20
Auction Ends: 30-Jun-2022 01:06
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PSA 10 AARON JUDGE 2017 Topps #287 Catching Rookie Card RC SP Yankees 579

Watchers: 23  
# of Bids: 16
Current Bid: $87
Auction Ends: 01-Jul-2022 01:07
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Aaron Judge 2016 Bowman Inception Auto Rookie Card CSG 9 Mint /10 AUTO NEW YORK

Watchers: 23  
# of Bids: 24
Current Bid: $202.5
Auction Ends: 03-Jul-2022 00:07
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4 CARD 2017 TOPPS CHROME PINK REFRACTOR AARON JUDGE YANKEES MVP ROOKIE SP RC 169

Watchers: 21  
# of Bids: 10
Current Bid: $50.97
Auction Ends: 02-Jul-2022 04:07
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2013 AARON JUDGE BOWMAN CHROME MINI #311 ROOKIE CARD PSA GEM MINT 10

Watchers: 18  
# of Bids: 22
Current Bid: $87
Auction Ends: 30-Jun-2022 01:06
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AARON JUDGE 2013 BOWMAN CHROME DRAFT #BDPP19 YANKEES BASE ROOKIE CARD RC P7859

Watchers: 18  
# of Bids: 1
Current Bid: $24.99
Auction Ends: 01-Jul-2022 02:07
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2013 Aaron Judge Bowman Chrome Full Size Rookie Card #BDPP19 Yankees MVP

Watchers: 18  
# of Bids: 8
Current Bid: $9.5
Auction Ends: 02-Jul-2022 22:07
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AARON JUDGE $120++ MINT YANKEES RATED ROOKIE CARD #38 1ST RC 2017 DONRUSS OPTIC

Watchers: 18  
# of Bids: 13
Current Bid: $11.5
Auction Ends: 30-Jun-2022 02:06
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2017 Topps Chrome #169A Aaron Judge Rookie Card RC

Watchers: 17  
# of Bids: 13
Current Bid: $10.5
Auction Ends: 01-Jul-2022 01:07
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2017 Topps Chrome Aaron Judge #169 BGS 10 Pristine RC Card Rookie NYY Yankees

Watchers: 17  
# of Bids: 17
Current Bid: $122.5
Auction Ends: 04-Jul-2022 01:07
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(5) Lot 2017 Bowman Aaron Judge Rookie Card RC #32 Yankees M27

Watchers: 16  
# of Bids: 10
Current Bid: $29.8
Auction Ends: 30-Jun-2022 01:06
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2017 2018 2019 Topps and Bowman Aaron Judge LOT OF 9 CARDS ALL PSA 9 YANKEES MT

Watchers: 16  
# of Bids: 16
Current Bid: $102.5
Auction Ends: 30-Jun-2022 00:06
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AARON JUDGE $80++ MINT YANKEES ROOKIE CARD #32 RC SP 2017 BOWMAN CHROME MINI GEM

Watchers: 16  
# of Bids: 5
Current Bid: $7.38
Auction Ends: 01-Jul-2022 02:07
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Mike Trout 2022 Topps Heritage Rookie MLB Sports Card Lot ( 131 Total Cards )

Watchers: 16  
# of Bids: 13
Current Bid: $20.5
Auction Ends: 02-Jul-2022 23:07
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