Aaron Judge Rookie Cards Checklist and Key Prospects

Aaron Judge Rookie Cards Checklist and Key Prospects

As an imposing figure on a storied franchise, Aaron Judge hardly snuck up on anybody and his cards were quickly available following his selection in the 2013 draft. While his MLB debut in 2016 gave way to a slow start, there were still flashes of power and potential. Now that he has shown what he can do for the New York Yankees in 2017, Aaron Judge rookie cards and prospects are taking off with collectors like one of his towering home runs.

Despite his initial MLB foray in 2016, the official Aaron Judge rookie cards did not come until 2017. However, his earliest cards, and some of the most popular options for Judge, released in 2013. This includes a lot of early Aaron Judge autographs.

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The guide below contains the 2017 Aaron Judge cards from his rookie season and notable prospect releases that came before 2017. This list will be updated throughout the season as more rookies are issued, so check back often.

Aaron Judge Rookie Card Checklist

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2017 Bowman Aaron Judge RC #32

One of the most basic Aaron Judge rookies comes in 2017 Bowman. Values will remain low but if you are looking for an inexpensive option from a popular brand, Bowman is a solid place to start. He also has a Chrome Rookie Autograph that was inserted as a redemption.

2017 Donruss Rated Rookie Aaron Judge RC #38

Another low-cost option, 2017 Donruss doesn't have MLB logos but it does tap into the established Rated Rookie line. In addition to several base parallels, Judge has a sticker autograph in the Signature Series insert.

2017 Panini Diamond Kings Aaron Judge RC #138

Working better with the lack of logos, the Aaron Judge rookie card in 2017 Diamond Kings is artistic and colorful. This base option is joined by a sticker autograph with a pair of small relics in the Rookie Signatures set. The main autographed card has 299 copies to go with several lower parallel tiers.

2017 Topps Series 1 Aaron Judge RC #287

Flagship is always a draw even though values never get too high. It also helps that it is the first release of the year, and Judge's first rookie card available. In this case, the 2017 Topps Series 1 Aaron Judge card comes in a primary version where he is preparing to catch a pop fly, and the SSP variation that shows an intense Judge waiting in the dugout.

Another intriguing option is found in the 1987 Topps Baseball insert complete with wood-grain borders. The popular choice here is the 1987 on-card autograph for Judge.

2017 Topps Gypsy Queen Aaron Judge RC #168

Providing some ornate detail and colors to the main design, 2017 Gypsy Queen proves an affordable card can still look very nice. More limited choices consist of the Capless variation, on the right, and the on-card autograph for Judge.

2017 Topps Heritage Aaron Judge, Tyler Austin RC #214

Relying on '68 Topps means the 2017 Heritage Aaron Judge rookie card displays the distinct border and also shares space with another player. Joining him on the card, teammate Tyler Austin is along for the ride. If the dual-player format is not your style, Judge has his own card as part of the Rookie Variations and the same basic card is used for his Real One Autograph.

2017 Topps Opening Day Aaron Judge RC #147

Normally thought of as a cheaper version of flagship Topps, 2017 Opening Day stills gives collectors a reason to track down the budget-friendly card. While the design is the same, the image is different from Series 1 and Judge also has a limited SSP variation shown on the right.

2017 Topps Tribute Aaron Judge RC #17R-8

Found in a premium early-season set, the Aaron Judge rookie in 2017 Tribute is grouped with nine other RC players in a subset that averages two per case. Judge is also in the main Tribute Autographs insert with a hard-signed card numbered to 199 copies, and several color parallels of increasing rarity.

Key Aaron Judge Prospect Cards

2013 Bowman Chrome Draft Aaron Judge #BDPP19

While the autographed Aaron Judge prospects are normally preferred, the main Chrome card in 2013 Bowman Draft Picks and Prospects is nothing to look down on. In fact, it is one of his most popular unsigned cards and likely to remain so. Judge also has a base version with paper parallels along with a boatload of chromium editions.

There is also a similar, but smaller, version that is part of the Bowman Chrome mini factory set.

2013 Bowman Chrome Draft Autographs Aaron Judge #BCA-AJ

All other Aaron Judge rookie cards are fighting for second place when compared to his 2013 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autograph. Although it pre-dates his official rookies by several years, collectors gravitate to the 2013 signature, pushing values very high. If the base version is not enough, you can try your luck acquiring one of the many low-numbered Refractor parallels.

2013 Bowman Sterling Prospect Autographs Aaron Judge #BSAP-AJ

A solid second choice if the BCA card is beyond your budget, 2013 Bowman Sterling gives collectors an on-card autograph and one of the most intimidating images of Aaron Judge. These too have multiple parallels.

2013 Elite Extra Edition Prospects Autographs Aaron Judge #122 #/599

Although Bowman tends to receive the most attention, there are several Aaron Judge prospects of note from other brands. 2013 Elite Extra Edition is one such option. The design is a little clunky and it does not have MLB logos but it does feature a specific print run of 599 copies and a hard-signed autograph from Judge. A variety of Status and Aspirations die-cut parallels increase that number a bit.

2013 Panini Prizm Perennial Draft Picks Prospect Signatures Aaron Judge #33

A much cleaner offering from Panini, 2013 Prizm Perennial Draft Picks is simple and modern. The rainbow chase extends to a handful of Prizm parallels.

2013 Leaf Aaron Judge Autographs (multiple sets)

Led by 2013 Leaf Trinity, Aaron Judge has several signed options across the 2013 Leaf lineup. While they are not licensed with the MLB or MLBPA, they do present on-card autographs, strong designs and fairly limited print runs. 2013 Leaf Metal Draft and 2013 Leaf Memories are other popular releases with Judge autographs.

2014/2015/2016 Bowman Inception Prospect Autographs Aaron Judge

Bowman Inception offers a a trio of choices from 2014, 2015 and 2016 that are readily available, have a unique design with an on-card signature, and present a more affordable price point than many of his other signed prospect cards.

Top eBay Listings

2017 Topps Inception AARON JUDGE Rookie 140 199 On Card Auto Game Jersey Yankees
$139.00

2013 Bowman Chrome Aaron Judge Refractor Rookie BGS 9.5 Auto 10 RC Quad 9.5 Subs
$1,029.99

2014 Bowman chrome Blue Refractor Aaron judge 153 399
$24.99

2017 Donruss Diamond Collection Memorabilia #DCAJ Aaron Judge Non Auto Jersey
$9.05

2016 bowmans best superfractor 1 1 aaron judge rc auto
$899.99

2015 BOWMAN CHROME Blue REFRACTOR AARON JUDGE # 150 SUPER HOT!
$9.99

2017 Topps Heritage Aaron Judge RC Rookie Action Variation SP Parallel NYY #214
$152.50

2017 Topps Heritage Aaron Judge RC Rookie Action Variation SP Parallel SSP #214
$90.00

2017 Topps Heritage Aaron Judge RC Rookie Action Variation SP Gem Mint NYY #214
$88.00

Aaron Judge 2014 Bowman Chrome Draft REFRACTOR RC QTY -99 cent s h option
$17.99

(21) 2017 AARON JUDGE RC LOT
$23.99

2017 BOWMAN AARON JUDGE " ROOKIES REFRACTOR " ROOKIE CARDS LOT OF 2
$14.99

AARON JUDGE 2013 Bowman CHROME Baseball Rookie Card RC New York Yankees $$ HOT
$44.99

2017 Gypsy Queen Complete Base Set 1-300 Aaron Judge Swanson Benintendi RCs
$25.99

4-2013 Bowman Draft Aaron Judge SP Insert Cards!!!! Yankees Star!!!!
$12.99

2017 Topps Heritage New Aaron Judge Tyler Austin Refractor Rookie Card #530 568
$26.89
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User Comments

  1. I just did some quick math: Aaron Judge cards from Heritage started kind of slowly compared to what they’re going for right now. During the first two-three weeks of Heritage’s release, I sold various Judge cards, including the ssp red ink auto, 3 refractors, and the sp rookie variation, for just over $150 (the red ink auto just didn’t get the attention I thought it would). Those same cards are now going for close to $1000. I feel sick, very sick. I have’ve had the same luck with Trout rookie and auto cards, Bryant rookie and auto cards, and probably a few others. I have to admit to myself that I’m just not very good at this…guess I should stick to collecting vintage cards only.

  2. I grew up watching and playing baseball. I understand the game very well and I can tell when a player has real, lasting talent.

    Judge has lasting talent. He is a 5 tool player. He loves baseball, he works hard at it, he wants to play everyday and he doesn’t have a hint of attitude that would make him want to sit out or extend an injury break.

    The man is huge, he is in shape, he is athletic and he doesn’t look like he will be prone to injury.

    He has already improved his strike out/home run ratio. He is hitting for avg, power, he is scoring runs. He is doing it all at the plate and in the field, where he shows his accurate and rocket arm.

    Plus, did I mention he will win the home run race this year and he plays for the Yankees?

    Yeah, I would say his RC will be worth something down the road. And remember, it is best to get a card in the first 18 months and resell it within 18 months after that. That is the sweet spot of card trading.

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