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!

Also: Check out the rest of our series listing the Hottest Baseball Cards on eBay.

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Aaron Judge RC AUTO 2017 Topps Opening Day Rookie Autograph

Watchers: 55  
# of Bids: 35
Current Bid: $303
Auction Ends: 26-May-2024 22:05
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2017 Topps Heritage Aaron Judge Rookie #214 PSA 10 GM MT Yankees RC

Watchers: 46  
# of Bids: 26
Current Bid: $177.5
Auction Ends: 31-May-2024 00:05
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2017 Bowman Chrome AARON JUDGE Rookie #56 Green Refractor /99 PSA 10 GEM MINT!!

Watchers: 45  
# of Bids: 21
Current Bid: $355
Auction Ends: 27-May-2024 00:05
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2017 Topps Archives Aaron Judge Rookie 1959 Bazooka Card Red /25 BGS 9.5 Auto 10

Watchers: 42  
# of Bids: 27
Current Bid: $730
Auction Ends: 27-May-2024 03:05
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2017 Spectra RC Aaron Judge *04/10* Gold Rookie Jersey Auto New York yankees

Watchers: 41  
# of Bids: 20
Current Bid: $1225
Auction Ends: 29-May-2024 00:05
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Aaron Judge 2017 Topps Chrome Update Throwing Variation Gold Refractor #d/50 RC

Watchers: 39  
# of Bids: 6
Current Bid: $165.5
Auction Ends: 26-May-2024 20:05
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2017 Bowman Chrome Aaron Judge Rookie Card RC Refractor #/499 PSA Gem Mint 10 💎

Watchers: 39  
# of Bids: 27
Current Bid: $168
Auction Ends: 27-May-2024 01:05
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AARON JUDGE 2017 Topps 1987 Maple Wood RC Rookie On Card Auto 10/25 BGS 9.5/10

Watchers: 38  
# of Bids: 13
Current Bid: $619
Auction Ends: 27-May-2024 01:05
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AARON JUDGE 2017 Topps Diamond Icons Red RC Rookie On Card Auto 3/5 BGS 9.5/10

Watchers: 37  
# of Bids: 32
Current Bid: $800
Auction Ends: 27-May-2024 02:05
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2017 Aaron Judge Topps Chrome Refractor RC Rookie 169 New York Yankees

Watchers: 35  
# of Bids: 5
Current Bid: $15.5
Auction Ends: 29-May-2024 02:05
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2017 Aaron Judge Topps Gold Label Auto PSA 10 Autograph RC Rookie PSA 9

Watchers: 35  
# of Bids: 18
Current Bid: $192.5
Auction Ends: 29-May-2024 03:05
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AARON JUDGE 2017 Topps Now 696A GU Base Relic RC Rookie On Card Auto 98/99

Watchers: 34  
# of Bids: 16
Current Bid: $265
Auction Ends: 27-May-2024 02:05
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2017 TOPPS ARCHIVES AARON JUDGE AUTO ROOKIE SP CARD 65/75

Watchers: 33  
# of Bids: 24
Current Bid: $127.5
Auction Ends: 30-May-2024 17:05
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AARON JUDGE 2017 Topps Archives 2014 Bowman Chrome RC Rookie On Card Auto 28/46

Watchers: 30  
# of Bids: 18
Current Bid: $173.5
Auction Ends: 27-May-2024 01:05
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2017 Topps Baseball Complete Factory Set 1&2 Sealed - Jeter Relic Aaron Judge RC

Watchers: 29  
# of Bids: 12
Current Bid: $62
Auction Ends: 29-May-2024 01:05
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2013 Bowman Draft Aaron Judge (RC) PSA 10 1st Card Bowman Chrome

Watchers: 28  
# of Bids: 11
Current Bid: $60
Auction Ends: 30-May-2024 01:05
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2017 Topps Gold Label AARON JUDGE #86 Rookie Class 2 Blue /99 PSA 10 GEM MINT!!

Watchers: 28  
# of Bids: 5
Current Bid: $20.5
Auction Ends: 27-May-2024 00:05
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Aaron Judge 2013 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Rookie Card #19 - PSA 9 - MINT

Watchers: 26  
# of Bids: 18
Current Bid: $26
Auction Ends: 27-May-2024 03:05
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2017 LEAF PEARL 4✨RARE #1/4 Michael Jordan/Joe Montana/Wayne Gretzky/Babe Ruth

Watchers: 26  
# of Bids: 7
Current Bid: $127.5
Auction Ends: 31-May-2024 01:05
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2017 Topps Aaron Judge RC #287 SGC 10 GM!!!

Watchers: 25  
# of Bids: 13
Current Bid: $15.5
Auction Ends: 26-May-2024 19:05
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2017 Topps Gold Label Aaron Judge RC Black Framed Auto #’d /75 Yankees SP

Watchers: 25  
# of Bids: 9
Current Bid: $102.5
Auction Ends: 28-May-2024 19:05
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2017 Aaron Judge Panini Donruss Optic #38 Aqua Refractor /299 PSA 9 Rated Rookie

Watchers: 25  
# of Bids: 17
Current Bid: $56
Auction Ends: 27-May-2024 00:05
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2017 Topps Clearly Authentic CAA-AJ - AARON JUDGE AUTO Rookie Card

Watchers: 24  
# of Bids: 22
Current Bid: $127.5
Auction Ends: 28-May-2024 00:05
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2017 TOPPS CHROME SILVER PACK Aaron Judge SGC 10 87 ORANGE MOJO REFRACTOR RC /75

Watchers: 24  
# of Bids: 13
Current Bid: $305
Auction Ends: 27-May-2024 16:05
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2017 Topps Chrome Aaron Judge Refractor Rookie Card RC #169 Yankees

Watchers: 24  
# of Bids: 5
Current Bid: $26
Auction Ends: 29-May-2024 02:05
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