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.
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 pack-pulled rookies are issued, so check back often.
For a look at his trending cards, be sure to visit our real-time Aaron Judge Hot List.
Aaron Judge Rookie Card Checklist
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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.
While he is not in the base set, Judge has exclusive Refractor parallels (and autographs) for the Rookie of the Year Favorites insert in the Target-only 2017 Bowman Mega Box Chrome release.
Issued in the Walmart-only 2017 Bowman Platinum set, this base foil rookie for Judge is one of the earliest options to show him in the dark Yankees jersey, as opposed to the light gray uniform or pinstripes, which is much more common. In addition to a few base parallels, Judge is also part of several inserts but the signed versions are all redemptions.
Another low-cost rookie card, 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.
Like Chrome does for flagship Topps, 2017 Donruss Optic puts the chromium splash on the main Donruss set. This includes a colorful rainbow of Judge Prizm parallels and on-card autographs. Collectors can also find limited, hard-signed editions that pay tribute to past Rated Rookie designs.
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.
If you are looking for something from Panini that goes a bit more high-end, 2017 Immaculate is worth checking out. The main Judge rookie, numbered to 99 copies, has a small swatch and on-card autograph. There are several other hard-signed Aaron Judge cards and some ridiculous memorabilia cards, as well.
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.
Found in both full-size and mini versions, the 2017 Allen & Ginter Aaron Judge rookie card is simple and elegant with a retro design and framed image. Much better in person, the hot-box only, full-size Foil cards add a little extra pop. Shown below on the right, a mini with a different image is exclusive to the Rip cards, and considerably more rare. Judge is also part of the framed autograph set, but his card is a redemption.
Skewing darker is the online-exclusive that shrinks A&G down to just the base set, mini parallels, framed mini autographs and a few standard inserts. Basically just an all-black parallel, 2017 Allen & Ginter X includes a regular-sized card and mini rookie for Judge. There is also a signed card released as a redemption.
2017 Topps Archives treated collectors to a vintage design for the Aaron Judge rookie card that honors 1960 Topps. If you need a little more of a challenge, several color parallels are joined by a Grey Back edition for Judge. Perhaps most popular is his hard-signed Fan Favorites Autograph.
Inexpensive and readily available, 2017 Topps Bunt is an intriguing choice for budget collectors or those who are big fans of the Topps Bunt digital app. In addition to several numbered parallels, there is a very limited Signature Series autograph with only 30 copies.
Applying the popular technology to the Series 1 card for Judge, 2017 Topps Chrome gives collectors a base card that is sure to remain in demand, as well as the SSP image variation, various Refractor parallels, and most notable, an on-card rookie autograph.
Found in the debut release of the all-acetate, all-autograph brand, the 2017 Topps Clearly Authentic Aaron Judge rookie card was originally issued as a redemption. Featuring a clear-stock version of the flagship design, the autographed card includes several limited parallels.
Along with an expensive box price, 2017 Topps Definitive Collection is home to several Aaron Judge autographs. In addition to the base autograph relic, Judge fans also have two different rookie autographs, an inscription autograph, and a framed autograph and auto relic. Given the premium designs, hard-signed autographs and low print runs, you honestly can't go wrong with any of them.
Much busier with many shiny Refractors to chase, the Aaron Judge rookie in 2017 Topps Finest uses a mashup of shapes to help the player image stand out. Judge is also in the main autograph set which adds an on-card signature to the primary design.
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.
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.
Part of the Base Rookie and Emerging Star Autograph subset in 2017 Topps Inception, collectors had to wait on this early Aaron Judge rookie card that originally came as a redemption. However, several signed Judge cards were live in the release, including his on-card Silver Signings cards with either silver or gold ink. He also has autographed relic inserts with sticker signatures.
The premium Aaron Judge rookie card in 2017 Museum Collection is not numbered but prices are strong considering it is just a base offering. Part of that is due to an expensive format with only a handful of base cards in each box, making the 100-card base set not the easiest to build. In addition to several limited base parallels, Judge signed for the Archival Autographs set (#/299 + parallels) while the case-hit Framed Autograph is a redemption.
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.
Selling impressive images more so than anything else, 2017 Stadium Club presents a side profile shot of a respectful Judge. While the base card is a popular choice, limited parallels and the Chrome versions command big bucks. Judge also has base and Chrome autographs.
Despite not having a base set, 2017 Topps Tier One brings many Aaron Judge rookie autographs to the table. Outside of the one-of-one cards, he is found in Break Out Autographs (#/140), which has the RC logo, as well as the Clear One Autographs, Prodigious Patches Autographs, Tier One Relics Autographs and Dual Autograph Tier One Relic Books sets (with ARod).
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.
Judge also has several RC options as part of the on-demand 2017 Topps Now Baseball set. His earliest 2017 edition covers his April 26 birthday performance. Several more are available including signed cards. The most rare release is his Card of the Month (COTM) issue from May that was awarded as part of the Topps Now Loyalty Program. Shown shaking hands with Derek Jeter, there are only 198 copies.
Adding to that and coinciding with his actual MLB debut in the prior year, 2016 Topps Now Baseball provides some popular call-up choices.
Similarly, the print-to-order Throwback Thursday sets include some Judge cards. These, too, differ from the pack-pulled offerings that occupy the rest of the list.
Key Aaron Judge Prospect Cards
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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